The Jaw Dropping Reason Trump Added a Red Button to the Oval Office Desk Terrifies Me
Trump Installs Special Red Button On The Resolute Desk
Donald Trump has a special red button on his desk in the Oval Office.
It sounds like something out of a movie, right? Special red button installed on the desk of the leader of the free world. Surely pressing that button does something massive. Perhaps it summons Air Force One. Or a battalion of Marines. Maybe it even does something that is literally nuclear.
But this is Donald Trump we are talking about. And his red button, installed on the so-called Resolute Desk that men both good and powerful have utilized for decades, leading up to the current presidency, summons a butler…
Bearing a Coke.
In a paragraph tucked in to an in-depth article from the Associated Press on Donald Trump’s first hundred days, it’s reported:
“A man accustomed to wealth and its trappings, Trump has embraced life in the Executive Mansion, often regaling guests with trivia about the historic decor. With the push of a red button placed on the Resolute Desk that presidents have used for decades, a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president.”
On the surface, it’s funny. I mean, what kind of Richie Rich dude did the electoral college elect, anyhow? The man actually took the time to order a button installed on his desk. He must have demanded that it be red – the color of urgency. And he dictated that it would serve a single purpose.
To summon a human being, bearing a sugar-filled drink.
That’s the only purpose that button has.
The Red Button Seems Funny, But…
Only, not really. Because what kind of man does that? He has no impulse control. If he wants a Coke, he imperiously thumbs a button whose sole purpose is to deliver it. And where is his head, that in the midst of a White House in peril, and a country heading ever-closer to potential war with North Korea, it occurs to him that his next course of action should be to install a red button on his desk that will summon a butler who will bear him a Coke?
Is that what he meant by “winning”?
It’s scary to think that this is what our president is spending his time and attention on. And scarier, still, to realize he finds his own superfluous wants to be so urgent that he needs a special button to fulfill one singular desire.
Apparently, starting a trade war with Canada while quickly crumbling to Congress, hiding campaign ties to Russia while distracting the American public with a failed Syrian strike and a massive bomb drop while driving us ever closer to war with a volatile, unstable North Korea, and keeping up his golf game, is thirsty work.
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