Over the years, I've worked with a hell of a lot of sales people. Some good, some psychotic, which, of course, you could say for any "profession", but a psychotic salesperson is something to behold -- and not in a good way.
Sales people are a certain breed. President-elect Donald Trump. I can't believe I just wrote that. (This is a very f****d up 'Twilight Zone' or 'Black Mirror' episode. But I digress.) Donald J. Trump is a salesperson. The ultimate.
Reported guestimates of his bank balance range between $150, $3 billion or $10 billion, give or take. With Trump, it's all about closing the deal; he wrote THAT book which, thankfully, I have avoided. Trump closed the deal early last Wednesday morning -- the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC.
So where to now?
During the campaign, Trump made a litany of very well documented promises to his faithful (we all saw them as outrageous threats), but will he follow through? Or, in true snake-oil-salesman mode, was all that ranting simply BS, a means to an end of winning the Presidency? Who knows? With Trump, you get the impression that he is constantly making it up as he goes along, to borrow that line from Monty Python. We're all in very murky unchartered waters, heading straight for the Bermuda Triangle.
No doubt many of his hard-core supporters would have been simultaneously disappointed and disillusioned with his victory speech. It was extremely un-Trumplike -- none of the vitriol, no locking up of "crooked Hillary", no wall-building threats, no pussies were grabbed, nobody was threatened with deportation. I laughed when it was reported as "being Presidential". I put it down to the fact he's an old man and it was waaaay past his bedtime.
Is Trump serious about the whole "make America great again" thing? What does that very shallow, four-word slogan even mean? Define "great". Trump was following the old adage of tell 'em what they want to hear and closed the deal.
Let's pick one of his campaign "policies". Did he/does he have any intention of building that wall? Again, who knows how any of this will play out. He'll no doubt wheel out that hoary old chestnut (which is itself a hoary old chestnut). "Well you know I wanted to <insert bizarre promise>. I really did. I promised you I would. But I was blocked. They're weak. Cowards... etc etc". The faithful will chug down some more Kool-Aid.
Trump's meeting with President Obama in the White House on Thursday was surreal to say the least. Trump used the words "great respect" which is laughable, considering the whole birther thing, and the blowtorch he continually took to Obama during the election campaign. But did he really mean any of that? No idea. Neither of them looked like they wanted to be there. The body language experts had a field day.
So I suppose it is a matter of watching this space, to see what the President/salesman/beauty pageant owner does. I find it highly amusing and terrifying that his campaign team barred him from Twitter during the final days of the campaign, and now he has the nuclear codes. You seriously couldn't make this stuff up.
Millions across the planet are proclaiming that the Trump presidency will be the end of the world... and to quote the classic R.E.M. song, Trump will respond with "and I feel fine".