Trump Plays Reagan, is Kim Gorbachev?

Trump prepares for North Korea summit as a great performer — like Reagan

FOX NEWS qvells  about the meeting with Kim Jung Un as if it were situation TV.

We know Donald Trump is a showman – he spent 14 seasons as the star of “The Apprentice” reality TV show before he ran for president.

Showing his theatrical skills, Trump dramatically rode down an escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president. He entered the Republican National Convention with a backlit shadow worthy of a top concert or championship boxing match. In both instances, the tone was set and the staging created memorable moments forever imprinted in the minds of those who witnessed them.

“Critics mocked President Reagan for his past career in the movies and on TV. Many asked: How can an actor be president?

In typical Ronald Reagan fashion, with an impish smile, the man known as the Great Communicator replied without hesitation: “I don’t know how you can be president and not be an actor.” He didn’t mean that he was just playing the role of president. He meant that he understood that style and presentation are essential elements any president must pay attention to in modern times– and can even help set the stage for substantive success……

The Reagan presidency took the art of stagecraft to a whole new level, ensuring every event was perfectly planned and impeccably implemented to keep President Reagan’s image in strict alignment, and to consistently reinforce the president’s messages and priorities.

Of course, history will record the substance of the meeting – what was discussed, decided and agreed upon. There will be much speculation about what will result subsequently. These details will be essential in the pursuit of President Trump’s goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

But the initial analysis of the success of the summit will likely be much more about the style than the substance. The first rendering of judgment will be captured in a single still photo and in the images we see on TV, not in an extensive policy briefing.”

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