On April 29, 2017, the arbitrary political milestone of 100 days first set up by Franklin Delano Roosevelt was marked by the President bypassing the traditional White House Correspondents' Dinner in favor of a rally he organized himself in central Pennsylvania. I did not listen to either. (I was busy.) This was similar but not identical to the way he bypassed the last Republican debate of the 2016 primary season and instead organized a benefit which raised millions for American veterans. (Unless I missed something, this was not a charity event.)
After the largely dysfunctional start to the relationship between the Trump Administration and most media networks, I respected the President for not wanting to pretend he enjoyed the company of people who were repeatedly trying to misrepresent his efforts and intentions. Again, as he did on the night of the debate, he did not just "sit out" the event in protest but took the initiative, took action, and put out a message of his own.
President Trump's marketing and communications instincts, and his intellect, combine to form a powerful force when all are operating together. Occasionally part of that triad has been "out of synchronization" and that has hurt him. There clearly was not much of his intellect at work on that day years ago when Billy Bush goaded him into his unwise comments on the "Access Hollywood" video. (After months calling politicians in Washington "all talk and no action," he was forced to fall back on that as his primary defense regarding those comments.) While I do not believe there is any connection between him and Russia regarding the election, he has partly himself to blame for the flaming rhetorical urge at a campaign rally to dare the Russians to hack the DNC, trying to make the point that the thousands of missing Clinton emails were out there for someone to find.
It is still difficult to convince me that Russia in general or Vladimir Putin in particular had any reason to prefer Trump in office when they could have had Hillary Clinton. (Or Senator Bernie Sanders, who spent his honeymoon in the Soviet Union.) I am quite ready to believe that even if the Russian government did not provide the damaging e-mails to WikiLeaks they were all too happy to try to cripple Trump politically by making us think they did and that his team was involved. That was much less work on their part just to plant a rumor than to actually do anything. The American people seem to forget that the Russians in general and Putin personally are chess players and well accustomed to planning for several possibilities at once, several moves in advance, and that psychological gambits to demoralize, distract, and discourage opponents are part of competitive chess.
For the benefit of our country, our President and his family and his Administration - which intersect a bit more than is usual - need our prayers. We cannot fool God. Prayers submitted in a spirit of arrogant refusal to listen to anything positive about President Trump or an attitude of gratuitous hostility towards those who disagree with us - or whom we assume to be disagreeing with us because we are not the same gender or color or nationality - are a waste of time. Many of us - myself probably included, since having Swedish and Norwegian ancestry means I have a strongly combative side which has definitely gotten stirred up - have to spend some time getting back in touch with the King who is on the Throne of Heaven before we can pray meaningfully about the Oval Office.
The "first 100 days" of a new President's first term are a convenient device for discussing his efficiency and effectiveness, but that is all it is. The 101st day (April 30) being mostly over now, there are 1,360 days left. Let's get busy, and let's make sure God is not finding our prayers as annoying and empty as some of us say that either President Trump's statements, or the media's coverage of them, are.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.