New Chief Of Staff Closes Oval Office Door

Axios reports:

The door to the Oval Office used to be wide open, with favored officials drifting in and out — even in the middle of meetings — to kibitz with Trump. Now, the door is closed. Gen. John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, has taken control in dramatic fashion, and is already imposing unmistakable signs of order after just a few days on the job:

Even POTUS appears to be trying to impress his four-star handler, picking up his game by acting sharper in meetings and even rattling off stats. Meetings are shorter and stick to their scheduled topic. Everyone — even uber-aides Jared and Ivanka, and economic adviser Gary Cohn — is being deferential to Kelly.

  • Cackalaquiano

    This’ll last, dontcha think?

    • David L. Caster

      Trump craves a disciplinarian. It’s an unrequited fetish of his.

      • another_steve

        The cable news pundits are pointing to the sexual predator’s ongoing and continuing tweets as evidence that Kelly might already have failed in his task.

        • David L. Caster

          Kelly’s first move appears to be reducing the noise level in the WH. Whether that results in a net gain in decorum, focus, and the usual gravitas that accompanies the office of POTUS remains to be seen.

  • Blake Mason

    Ladies and Gentleman… we have new president. I wonder what former president Bannon thinks of this.

    • Benny S.

      Probably not much, since he is otherwise busy….

    • Jeffg166

      He’s busy sucking on something.

      • The_Wretched

        Vodka bottle, he can’t get past 30 degrees of bending forward.

    • thatotherjean

      Eh, not yet we don’t. The old president is just slightly cowed. It’s too early to tell how long it will last.

  • Jeffg166

    Don the con is scared. They’re coming for you Don.

  • Ernest Endevor

    “No ice cream till you eat your broccoli.”

  • Robincho

    Perfect. Close the Oval Office door. Next step: Zyklon B in the vents…

    • another_steve

      Terribly terribly incorrect.

      (but I laughed)

  • PickyPecker
  • PickyPecker
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    They’re covering up his dementia.

    • PickyPecker

      That’s what I was thinking as well.

    • The_Wretched

      That seems about right. I have to wonder why they don’t pull the 25 though if that’s the case. They rather have chaos agent orange than a christianist too?

      • boatboy_srq

        A pResident Pence would likely be replaced in turn as his Xtianism falls foul of SCOTUS: right now there isn’t a mechanism to force either Kennedy or Ginsburg from the bench, and they’d need that to push through Pence’s dreams of Gilead. Short a Pelican Brief event, they’re stuck. Supporting Lord Dampnut through his diminishing capacity is all they can think of.

        This is, after all, the same crowd that thought right years of Shrubbery would automatically lead to another eight of McNasty and La Palin, and we’re flabbergasted when that didn’t happen.

        • The_Wretched

          I think you’re right. They are lost in a subdimension where rightwing solutions make sense.

        • Dagoril

          There is no constitutional requirement for 9 Justices. He could just stack the Court with as many wingnuts as the Congress will approve.

          • (((GC)))

            The number of justices is set by statute (the Judiciary Act of 1869), but a Rethuglican Congress could amend that.

            btw, from Wikipedia:

            President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to expand the Court in 1937. His proposal envisioned appointment of one additional justice for each incumbent justice who reached the age of 70 years 6 months and refused retirement, up to a maximum bench of 15 justices. The proposal was ostensibly to ease the burden of the docket on elderly judges, but the actual purpose was widely understood as an effort to “pack” the Court with justices who would support Roosevelt’s New Deal. The plan, usually called the “court-packing plan”, failed in Congress.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States#Size_of_the_Court

          • boatboy_srq

            Just as Turtle held up Garland’s nomination, you mean?

            And “packing the court” comes with its own hazards. Framing the Garland nomination as that didn’t win any points.

    • zhera

      But he’s all sharp and rattling off stats and stuff! How can you claim dementia?!? Fake news!!!11!111!

      • Jefe5084

        we already know, from past episodes, that he rattles off stats and stuff that resided entirely in has ass before he uttered them.

        • Javier Smith

          Not many people know (insert something Trump just learned)

          • marshlc

            And that he didn’t actually get quite right…..

    • TrueWords

      As long as he uses Twitter his mental state is painfully obvious!!!

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    • WitlessProtection

      Lawrence O’Donnell had a GREAT piece on this last night.

  • Jefe5084

    Next time you close the door…toss in a grenade, slam it shut, and lock it. That will improve morale…..mine.

  • jimbo65

    Wonder when the Red Wedding will commence?

  • Gustav2

    For now…

  • The_Wretched

    They finally have Daddy there to keep things in order?

    • David L. Caster

      Exactly. A Top.

    • Jefe5084

      exactly. Trumpy gravitates toward daddy figures, in my opinion, to help him control some situations. Very odd. Usually military. He’s F****ed up.

    • Ham

      I have a daddy crush on Kelly. The fact that he hitchhiked across the country at 16 then train hopped the way back is very similar to something my actual dad did at that age.

  • tbj5

    Trump is faking it.

    He’s a 71 year old malignant narcissist. He’s incapable of Learning or reforming himself.

    He’s got some reason to try and impress or flatter Kelly. Which means he’s afraid of Kelly in some capacity.

    • David L. Caster

      Trump is an unloved child in an adult body. He craves a disciplinarian father figure to lead him to do right.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • another_steve

    Love to Joe for a blog entry with the word “kibitz” in it.

    • Gustav2

      He has never heard that word in the Upper East Side.

      • another_steve

        LMAO

        That, and Starbucks coffee contains no caffeine. 😉

  • Bluto
    • zhera

      HODOR!

  • Scout
    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Well, Tillerson doesn’t want to piss off his boss.

      • lymis

        Or his boss’s Russian handlers.

    • ColdCountry

      Treason?

    • zhera

      They WANT a huge terrorist attack on US soil.

  • Xuuths

    With the door closed, you won’t be able to see the Russian hookers peeing on tRUMP. Smart move.

    • lymis

      Until the Russians decide it’s time to tank him. People keep speaking as though Putin wanted Trump as president because of Trump. His goal is to destroy the US. Once Trump has done as much damage as he can AS president, they’re going to shift and take him down, to sew as much chaos as they can from that.

      The twin goal is to destroy confidence in the US internationally, and to destroy US voter confidence (and the ability to fix anything). Once Trump isn’t benefitting them any more – such as, if the GOP actually does start to uncouple from him – they’ll take him down, and probably toss in whatever they have on the GOP leadership as well. They want us destroyed, not just run by the GOP – something the GOP doesn’t seem to get.

      Can’t help but wonder what the Russians have on Ryan and McConnell. There’s no way they hacked the DNC and didn’t hack the GOP at the same time.

  • clayfisher

    The fucking president should not need a babysitter!!!!!

    • Jonathan Smith

      but he does.

  • Michael R

    I assume they’ll try pushing a more ordered
    right wing / religious fundamentalist / fascism
    approach than the barrage of reality TV circus of recent weeks .

  • boatboy_srq

    My terror of a potential pResident Pence is becoming supplanted by a growing uneasiness regarding a possible pResident-General Kelly.

    The drive towards banana republic proceeds.

  • Treant

    Happy Earth Overshoot Day: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/earth-overshoot-day-weve-just-exhausted-a-years-worth-of-the-planets-resources/70002351

    We just used up the full year of Earth’s resources and are running on deficit until December 31st. Enjoy.

    • Bluto

      Fake news. The duggars assured us that we have we have plenty of space & resources for bazillions more. god knows that family is trying to fulfill that prophesy on their own.

      • Treant

        The comments always go anti-environmentalist within ten minutes of such a post. It’s almost like they…get called there or something…perhaps by an organized group or something…that makes money off of fossil fuels, perhaps…

        Naw. That could never happen.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Too many people, and Population Control isn’t even being discussed.

      • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

        The problems we’re seeing are only symptoms. Overpopulation is the disease.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    kibitz- don’t hear that word everyday

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Play more cards.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Played tons of card games, never heard the word. Midwest.

        • Boreal

          As a kid I never heard soda referred to as pop until I visited my family in Illinois.

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          I’ve only read it.

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          I went to Indiana University for my undergrad degree. We played lots of cards, and I heard the word a lot. Euchre players don’t like interference.

          • Oh, Parker

            Yup, Euchre and pop. My husband had to get used to both of these when he moved here from CA, plus the rest of the farm bullshit I was raised on.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            I miss euchre 🙁 Mom , dad, and my sister and BIL are obsessed with pinochle. I cant even call if they are playing.

  • Ross

    This is fascinating. And scary.

    From Electoral-Vote:

    Newsweek reports some very interesting news about the new chief of staff. It would seem that, while he was serving as Secretary of Homeland Security, he and Secretary of Defense James Mattis coordinated their schedules, such that one or the other would always be near Donald Trump. That way, should the President ever be tempted to launch a military or nuclear strike, there would be an experienced, high-ranking military officer available to discuss it with him (and, ideally, to talk him out of it). Presumably the arrangement will continue, and will be even easier to execute, now that Kelly is in his new job.

    On one level, this news is reassuring, as it means there will be an added layer of protection in between Trump’s potentially-itchy trigger finger, and America’s immense arsenal. On the other hand, it’s also rather frightening that two men who know the President well concluded that such an arrangement was advisable. Clearly, concerns that The Donald could go off half-cocked are not just in our imaginations.

    • Why is it scary? It’s reassuring. An adult needs to be running the executive branch at all times — and unlike other Presidents, there is no one with authority and experience in world affairs in the Vice Presidential or Scty of State Position to step in right now if Trump is incapacitated or not available. Jared is not reassuring as a go-to guy.

      • Ross

        It is scary that the President needs adult supervision.

        • Reality.Bites

          He’s not the first. But he is the first where we knew there where no adults in his inner circle.

    • FAEN

      OY!

    • Nychta

      That type of arrangement is, sadly, familiar to me: I have a friend whose mother has Alzheimer’s and can’t be left unsupervised. My friend and her father coordinate their schedules so that one of them is with her mother at all times.

  • It is an interesting turn of events. From all reports, Generals Matthis and Kelly — and Chairman of Joint Chiefs Dunford are making sure that Trump does not blow the world up and issuing orders that do not comply with stated directives and command protocol (such as the one diving trans troops out of the military which is being ignored for the time being). President Truman famously put his own Presidency at risk by firing General MacArthur for disobeying his orders and possibly provoking the Chinese into World War 3. But now, we are hoping the military protects us from Trump who we still know is a buffoon with no sense of strategy or propriety, and quite possibly a Kremlin plant who may be being blackmailed into serving their interests at our expense. I, for one, hope General Kelly succeeds in his job until Trump can be removed from office one way or the other.

    • another_steve

      Well said, Eddi.

      That Donald Trump — a reality TV con artist possibly suffering from the early stages of dementia – is our nation’s Commander in Chief keeps me awake at night.

    • KarenAtFOH

      Hopefully if this is true, if and when trump insists on doing some illegal, immoral, or inhuman, it will make it easier for the military to step in and say “Nope. Not on our watch.”

  • Ross

    I agree with all this.

    From Electoral-Vote:

    “Donald Trump is a 71-year-old man who is used to doing things his way, and getting his way. He sees no reason to change, and indeed, just shuffled the White House staff in an effort to remove most of the obstacles that were stopping him from running on instinct. John Kelly is a 67-year-old man and former Marine Corps general who is used to doing things his way, and getting his way. He presumably sees no reason to change, either, and has already experienced near-resignation-level frustration with the President’s behavior.

    Now, the question: How can this possibly work? There’s zero chance that Trump is going to change his stripes, and indeed, the odds are he’s going to be even more unfettered. So, the real question is: Can a former Marine Corps general get used to being ignored and likely embarrassed? Can he stand to be so close to the epicenter of train wrecks, when he could barely tolerate it while watching from a distance? Anything’s possible, and it’s certainly true that Trump is a bit intimidated by military brass, so he might grow a little less unfettered rather than more so. Still, this is a pairing that seems headed for disaster.”

    • Boreal

      I give it a few months.

      • Natty Enquirer

        That’s being generous.

      • Pluto Animus

        We already know that Kelly regards Trump as a menace to world peace.

        He will swallow his pride until he is fired.

    • another_steve

      Countdown to Kelly’s resignation.

      10…9…8…7…

    • boatboy_srq

      My only question is whether Lord Dampnut will dismiss Kelly before Kelly leads the demands to remove Hair Furor for diminished capacity.

    • Kelly Lape
    • canoebum

      Familiarity breeds contempt. I give Kelly four months, tops, before he resigns.

      • lymis

        Four months tops if all Kelly has to deal with is chaos and incompetence. A hell of a lot less if Trump starts tweeting out insults in the middle of the night.

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          He’s a four star general. He has had to deal with chaos and incompetence. Goes with the jerb.

          • Kevin Cox

            Trump is an entirely new low in regards to chaos and incompetence. A person can only take so much.

          • Gerry Fisher

            The military’s hierarchy gives them the power to deal with incompetence. In this position, he has only influential power (with the president). It’s not the same thing.

    • Todd20036

      I see this ending poorly. As soon as General Failure closed the door, he exerted authority, and Trump HATES that.

      • Gerry Fisher

        It also cuts off Trump from bullshitting and schmoozing, which is “air” to him and his ego. Closing the door is too much like “work”!

    • Reality.Bites

      So essentially what they’re asking is “Can two divorced-from-reality men share an administration, without driving each other crazy?”

      • Gerry Fisher

        I don’t think Kelly is *completely* divorced from reality. I do think that he’s one of a large number of people who seem to feel that the GOP can manage this wildly unqualified chief executive, make him a figurehead, per se, until they can get what they want out of him. The results so far other than Gorsuch? Dumpster fire. For people like Kellyanne Conway, I’m sure that “Hillary Clinton not getting to nominate any more Supreme Court justices” was good enough, given her mission to outlaw abortion and fight LGBT rights.

        I mean, you can manage an incompetent if he’s low in the totem pole, (but the best way to manage him is to fire him…but we all know that doesn’t always happen). But they put him in at the *top* of the hierarchy.

        • Gerry Fisher

          I think that W Bush was a trial balloon for this kind of presidency. W was pretty dim, and he *was* managed by Cheney and Rove.

          • Niblet58

            But Bush didn’t have an ego the size of a Mack truck.

    • John30013

      We’ve seen Trump “act presidential” before. He can pull it off for a few days, but quickly devolves into his true self.

      I’ll give it no more than two weeks (assuming he’s trying *really* hard to be good).

    • Bob Conti
    • Randy503

      I don’t know, but I suspect that all of Trump’s team have told him it’s do or die. They know that they are a laughing stock around the world, and it’s hurting their agenda. Im sure they put it in plain terms: Either cooperate with Kelly, or we will all go to jail, the Democrats will take over congress in the mid-terms, and you will be forced to resign, or be impeached. Your base is even leaving you.

      I can see li’l Jared even giving him the what for.

      So I think Trump will abide by the new rules. Whether he will stay on them or not is the question. I suspect they will give him freedom even tally to do rallies all over the country, go golfing every week, bring in the whores for him to grope every day, while the team runs the country. IOW, it will sorta of be like Reagan — he gets all the pomp, and everyone else does the work.

      • Sporkfighter

        The problem with Trump is that he can agree to a plan but he can’t stick to it. That’s the nature of impulsive people. No matter what he says today, next week is a long ways away and he can’t keep his mouth shut or his twitter account dormant.

        You might as well try to get an Alzheimer patient to quit forgetting.

      • Gerry Fisher

        I’m sure this is what the GOP elites had in mind all along. Hasn’t panned out that way. (Reagan and W valued “acting presidential” more than Trump. Trump could really care less, and, beyond that, thinks that his not acting presidential is actually *superior* to acting presidential. Reagan and W also had a solid sense of the fundamental history of and protocol behind presidential actions, and they cared about that. Again, not present with Trump; he doesn’t know and doesn’t care.)

        • Gerry Fisher

          I do Life & Career Coaching for a living. When I get a prospective client, I have a free consultation meeting to make sure we’re a good fit for working together. Two or three times a year, I meet with someone who demonstrates to me, through basic social “give and take,” that they are uncoachable. They dominate conversation, don’t listen, are very mood dependent, act impulsively, portray themselves as an expert in many things, fail to honor commitments, don’t empathize,
          or minimize or rationalize away any suggestion that they consider a different idea or approach. It’s striking when it happens. For most folks, they’d probably say, “This person is a know-it-all and a pain in the ass.” However, given what it is I do professionally, I still remember the first time I thought the words, “This person is uncoachable.” I *want* to coach people, but I’d be a fool to take on this case.

          Trump is uncoachable. Kelly needs to understand this and work around it. Given the power the president has and his inability to stay off Twitter, good luck with that!

      • marshlc

        Trump might try to abide by the new rules, but I doubt if he’s capable of it. It’s like asking the two year old to sit still and not eat that cookie – he can do it for a little while, but eventually he’ll forget what he’s supposed to be doing.

    • netxtown

      How I so hope the marine loses his cool and smacks donnie.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Interesting analysis.

    • marshlc

      Yup. My bet is on one week, before Trump decides that he’s just not going to pay any attention to anything Kelly says. He’s not capable of taking advice that contradicts what his instincts (or the voices in his head, or whatever it is that drives him….) tell him, for longer than a few days.

  • bkmn

    This won’t last long, he needs the constant stream of adulation (and occasional handy from Kellyanne Conjob-not pretty enough to blow him).

    • geoffalnutt

      She’s got a convenient under-bite, though.

      • JohnJay

        eeewwww! Just… eeewww! (shivers)

    • Gigi

      Conjob’s talons would rip Twittler’s tiny peen to shreds.

  • Boreal

    As soon as he realizes that Kelly gets press attention, he will be furious.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • BobSF_94117

      The goddamn proper response to a situation which warrants that is the 25th amendment, not goddamn schedule management.

  • JohnJay

    Watch. Trump will get bored and stircrazy after 30 minutes with no visitors. He’ll come out and start roaming the halls and stopping by to yak with the people that used to drop in on him.

  • Boreal
  • joe ho

    Unfortunately, Kelly might very well help Trump survive–except for the Russia investigation.

    If Trump sees he’s looking like a loser, his narcissism will push him to let someone he admires like Kelly save him.

    That’s why Kelly is bad news for those of us who want Trump to fail spectacularly.

    • -M-

      I’m hoping for non-nuclear levels of spectacular failure. So net positive I think.

  • Gigi

    This’ll be short lived. Not even Kelly can control this unruly crew. He’d have better luck herding cats.

  • mikeinftl

    Maybe his office is a dump or maybe he took a dump in his office.

    • lymis

      There’s a huge pile of shit in the White House every day he’s not off golfing.

  • Natty Enquirer

    It’s the Newlywed Game. Before long, Trump will tire of the strictures and begin to see Kelly as the enemy.

  • Ninja0980

    The honeymoon won’t last.
    Trump will do what he wants to do and no one will tell him otherwise.

    • danolgb

      And really, the way to encourage the process is to publicly state Kelly is really running the white house. Unless Kelly is slipping pharmaceuticals in Trump’s coffee, which at this point I would not put past them.

  • Leo
    • another_steve

      He has no choice, what with the bill’s veto-proof majority.

      One can only imagine Trump’s overnight call to Putin on this.

    • JohnJay

      He could have just let it sit, and 10 days after he got it, if he didn’t sign or veto, it would become law. That is, unless Congress is adjourned when the 10 days runs out, in which case it’s a pocket Veto. But, that 10 day mark is next Tuesday, and Congress would not have left till after that. So Trump could have made Vlad happy by not signing it and pissing off Congress, or sign it and have Vlad pissed.

      • David L. Caster

        Really bad optics to let the Russians slide. He is under scrutiny for dealing with them. He has to sign it or appear to be guilty.

        • Jonathan Smith

          “appear” ? really?

          • David L. Caster

            I’m using the word appear in its deceptive sense, even though there is no deception. It’s an ironic turn of phrase.

            Trump hides his deception in plain sight. This is the way he has always operated.

      • Reality.Bites

        We need to be wary of pocket vetoes. Once something gets in Trump’s pocket his fingers are too stubby to pull it out again and only Ivanka will go in after it.

  • Henry Auvil

    I wonder if he’s wrestled the remote from trump’s stubby little digits and turned off the TV.

  • Octavio

    Kellyanne is now forced to keep her shoes on. OMG!

  • Rex

    Let’s just see how long it lasts.

  • Richard

    It will be interesting to see how long the general puts up with the pathological lie factory. I don’t suppose the general would like having to repeat or defend a lie,, but we will see.

    • Jonathan Smith

      then he would not have taken the job in the first place.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Trump’s boner for generals is just gross.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Kelly arrives in the White House; “I close the Iron Door!”
    https://youtu.be/3lH6TuEOGx4

    • DrRobY

      YOU are awesome! Perfect obscure reference to “The Twentieth Century”.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Takes on one to know one. He’s wonderful in that movie, though my favorite of his reminding Midnight. And I’m also partial to Maytime.

  • John Kusters

    We shall see how long it lasts. Any slacker can look sharp for a little while especially when threatened, but few can keep it up for long. And we know Trump is simply incapable of true change. I expect Kelly will be squaring off against a truculent Trump inside of two weeks, and probably on his way out in four.

  • FAEN

    This won’t last.

    • Ken M

      It will give Trump someone else to blame when things go wrong, and they will go wrong.

  • PickyPecker
    • Hank

      Read it, Spammed it, and Blocked it!!! Thanks for the added gif. The whore’s message popped up, just as I was reading the area!

  • The_Wretched

    Running meetings 101. Around here, you aren’t allowed to host meetings if you can’t handle the basics.

    • Card

      I try hosting as much as I can, but so many dudes are all talk and flake out.

      3:-)

  • Talisman

    The dumpster will soon get bored of order and discipline, and not having the sycophants randomly drop in to kiss his ass. I give him a week at most….and Kelly will be out within 90 days.

    • Stubenville

      A week is generous. Cheetolini will get only one scoop of ice cream at lunch and will pitch a wobbly.

      • Talisman

        I had a night of decent sleep, someone brought eclairs from Krispy Kreme to work, both meetings I had for today were cancelled, and I scheduled an interview for another job. I’m in a generous mode.

  • AJ Drew

    Hmm. Good thing or a bad thing?

    Oh fook it, my personal outrage quotient is spent. Here’s a cute goat in a sweater.

    http://www.furrytalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/pdHPYEe-Imgur.gif

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Goat in a Sweater 2020!!!!!!!

    • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

      Wotta cute kid!

  • Ken M

    Let’s see what happens to Trump’s twitter account before we getting too nervous about the new power in the WH.

  • JWC

    good show g for week one , impress the new Den Mom

  • Paul_in_Dallas

    New Chief Of Staff Closes Oval Office Door

    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit . . . It’s the only way to be sure.

  • Dagoril

    We’re so professional, we close doors behind us! It’s newsworthy!

    Our White House, ladies and gentlemen.

  • MT YVR

    The problem is this kind of thing is dramatic but has no effect immediately. THAT will be a trend, over time. Trump strikes me as a person who will put up with it a few days and then start to talk about “But why? What is this doing? Why is this helping? I don’t see anything!” and bam. He’ll be off again.

    It’s his cycle. He has no long term view of things. Just a complete consumer view : what can I get today?

  • Stubenville

    Kelly is used to strictly playing by the book; Cheetolini does whatever the hell he wants. What could possibly go wrong? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6be19c836eeb8d96852254d22cb7379659df491eb547f3e3859075f051924e68.gif

  • Scott R

    Uh, oh. The adult is in charge.

  • Niblet58

    For now… give it time. Trump will grow bored with this and start popping off again. Only a matter of time (a week at most).

  • askDominick

    The next step is when we get him to lock it from the outside.

  • He won’t last. I mean, sure, this will work for a bit, then the novelty will wear off…and for some reason Kelly either has forgotten or doesn’t know about the key traits of the pathological narcissist. Namely, an insatiable desire for attention and praise.

    Donald will go along with this for a little while, most likely because Kelly has become daddy to him. But then he’ll be thwarted or refused, and that’ll be it.

    • Pat

      I got burned in the Mooch quitting pool I thought he’d last 3 weeks, so it’s difficult to over/under this, but Dumpy is not one for discipline and this Mommy May I? is just going to last just so long until his lack of self-discipline rears its ugly head again, and Kelly quits. Unless there’s some kind of weird symbiotic psychodrama going on between them.

  • ChrisMorley
  • Pat

    If he’s worried about Dumpy wandering off, why not just put child gates on the door? I’m sure they could be customized with a presidential seal.

    • KnownDonorDad

      They’ll be the best gates, tremendous gates.

      • Homo Erectus

        Gilded gates

  • KQCA

    Locked doors. Cover-ups. Secret meetings. Sloppy story re-framing.

    Regardless of these, we all can smell something brewing in the kitchen.
    And it smells like rotted meat.

    • Homo Erectus

      From the head down.

  • Blackfork

    He won’t be “acting sharper” for long. This clown can’t help himself when it comes to mouthing off, tweeting stupid shit and generally telling grandstanding lies.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    The symbolism of that one singular act should not be lost on anyone. Sadly, I think many will simply ignore it when they should, in fact, be wary of it.

  • JCF

    One week w/o a Tweet, and I *might* start believing Kelly’s in charge.

  • ian

    It won’t last. Sooner, rather than later trump will feel Kelly has too much power and will feel threatened. His minions will soon get frustrated by their lack of access, and begin whispering to trump, when they do meet with him, that Kelly has too much power. Who’s in control of the WH? They’ll ask. You Prez. trump or Kelly?

  • KP

    The DC press is absolutely giddy over Trump hiring a big tough daddy to oversee the White House Pivot , Pivot, Pivot! What a bunch of morons.