Boisterous. Flamboyant. Unhinged. These are but a few words people use to describe President-Elect Donald Trump, as if they are even remotely accurate.
However, hours after the Republican’s victory over Hillary Clinton was made final, Dr. Ben Carson used a different word to describe the man who will be the 45th US president. Carson said of Donald Trump, “He was quite somber,” as per Western Journalism.
Carson was one of a select few who was with Trump in Trump Tower on Tuesday night as the presidential dream became reality. History was unfolding before their very eyes.
In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo news, Carson described the countenance he observed in Trump as the finality of the race sank in, and “somber” was the word he deemed appropriate.
“He was not leaping for joy—he was much more contemplative,” Carson added. This, of course, runs counter to the way the media have sought to portray the now President Elect Trump. Note to the media—a person cannot become a billionaire on his own without a serious dose of self discipline.
So, on this night when some may have expected him to spike the football or brag like nobody has ever bragged before, imagine the shock from his critics when his demeanor was described as somber by someone not known at all for exaggeration. You don’t say.
You didn’t need to be in Trump Tower that night to know this was true. It was evident early Wednesday morning when he emerged in the ballroom at the Hilton. It it was there for all to see. Somber galore.
It makes sense to me. In the early hours of that New York morning, the weight of the nation and even the globe was laid upon his shoulders. Pretty sobering, indeed. No wonder they say the office changes you (present occupant excluded).
“I think a lot of people who tried to demonize him will be shocked when they see who he actually is. He’ll be a very easy person to work with as long as you’re reasonable, as long as you’re fair,” Carson said.
Mr. Trump’s response to his victory has been exemplary, inspirational, and, to put it lightly, spot on. He even had the grace and humility to congratulate his opponent, Hillary Clinton, on her campaign. Lead on, Mr. President.
Don’t think for a moment that the criticism of President-Elect Trump ended on the morning after the election. Rather, it has just begun.
As the ancient Arab proverb says: the dogs all come out and bark, but the caravan keeps on rolling.
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