Trump is feeling good today, after a Cabinet meeting designed for all his appointees to assure the president of his super awesomeness.
President Trump on Monday used his first full-fledged Cabinet meeting to try to make a case that, despite the Russian investigation and other distractions, his administration is racking up accomplishments at a record clip.
“Never has there been a president, with few exceptions — case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle — who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done,” Trump, referring to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, said during the meeting at the White House.
“I think we’ve been about as active as you can possibly be at a just about record-setting pace,” Trump said.
The meeting was also notable in that Trump allowed his Cabinet members, in full view of the media, to take turns praising him and his policy agenda.
“We thank you for the opportunity and blessing . . . to serve your agenda,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said in remarks that were echoed by other senior members of the administration.
Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, also lavished Trump with praise, saying “what an incredible honor it is” to lead his department “at this pivotal time under your leadership.”
“I can’t thank you enough for the privileges you’ve given me and the leadership that you’ve shown,” Price said.
Staged public events that serve to massage the president’s ego will totally be taken at face value by future historians.