The Trump who has Obama running around banging on the walls of his mind with a sledge hammer driving him as close to Bedlam as one can come and still not be in a straitjacket does everything with the idea that if he can do one better than Obama then maybe the incessant pounding will cease or at least let up.
Thus, those of us who have seen the iconic photograph of Obama in the White House war room watching the raid on Osama bin Laden’s home recognize Trump’s photograph, shown above, of his war room in the Mar-a-Lago resort was his attempt to outdo Obama by providing a similar type photograph. Only it is unclear why all (except Jared) are glued to the screen because nothing of significance is being shown. For all we know and what is most likely is the screen was blank and the Trump told those assembled to stare at it so the photographer would have a war room photo. This theory rings true since the expression on Jared ‘s face seems to suggest he is thinking “you may be my father-in-law but there’s only so much foolishness I’m going to go along with.”
To understand the difference in the war room photographs and make it easy for you I am including the one with Obama.
I am sure that is unnecessary since it is fixed in your memory as much as that of the Mona Lisa. Do you notice any difference between the photographs aside one being in the situation room at the White House and one is in a side room off the main ballroom at a resort hotel? The most obvious one I see is all the people in Obama’s except one are without suit jackets, some without ties, and generally look like they have been around working for while and have concern with what they are viewing. Every male in Trump’s is in suit jacket and tie and looks like he was summoned in from some leisurely pursuit like having dinner and seem to be posing rather than watching.
Here is the list of 13 people by title in the Obama photo from left to right: Vice President, President, Air Force major-general, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor, White House Chief of Staff, Deputy National Security Advisor, VP national security advisor, Secretary of State, Director of Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Advisor, Director of National Intelligence, and Secretary of Defense.
Here is the list of 14 people (excluding the low ranking military guy at the door) by title in the Trump photo. Deputy chief of staff, son-in-law, Treasury Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Press Secretary, President, Secretary of State, White House Chief Strategist to president, Senior Advisor to president, Assistant to the president, Deputy National Security Advisor, director, national economic counsel, National Security Advisor, White House Chief of Staff.
Obama assembled a team at a location one would expect people to be during a military operation and had people who would be involved in some manner with the operation present; Trump had his team off a hotel ballroom and had people there who would normally not have had any role or input into a decision to launch missiles. Trump’s group although having four persons in similar positions as those with Obama, the decision, most of the suit coats were fillers with some of them being finance guys. This is not the usual way a decision to attack another nation is made.
Which made me wonder why didn’t Trump have Alan Greenspan in the room with him? If he couldn’t get him, I’m sure Bob Kraft was available.