It is, of course, quite wrong and sometimes very silly to judge a man by his appearance. Even so, there are always exceptions and in the case of Mr. Michael Wolff, the author of what appears to be a less than rigorous appraisal of President Trump who appeared, briefly, on my 'telly' yesterday, I have to say that I was underwhelmed.
My instant reaction to the sight of this peculiar-looking 'slaphead' was, to use an old colonial phrase, that 'he's not quite 16 annas to the rupee'! My suspicions were confirmed when I read reports that his book contains verbatim conversations to which he was not a party and of which there are no recordings!
I am also intrigued, and I must rely on anyone who actually wasted spent their money buying his book to inform me, as to whether he made clear the full Shakespearean quote he used for his title "Sound and Fury"? As the well-educated readers of this blog do know, because I told them the other day, the full line is:
It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Is Mr. Wolff subtly hinting that his particular tale is actually somewhat idiotic and contains absolutely nothing of significance? Even, perhaps, that whole chunks of it are entirely made up, or, merely the totally unconfirmed and spiteful venom of Trump's enemies?
I cannot tell because I have not read the book and have absolutely no intention of doing so. Many of the assertions seem to ring true and there can be little doubt that Mr. Trump is exceedingly eccentric. But then again, I try to watch what he actually does, rather than listen too carefully to what he says - or tweets! As Mr. Jim Geraghty reminds us at The National Review:
Does Trump deserve to be trusted with the powers of the presidency? The question is pretty much moot at the moment; he’s been in the job for a year and the earth has not yet crashed into the sun. In fact, things are going pretty well on a lot of fronts. A massive tax cut has been signed into law. Obamacare’s individual mandate has been repealed. A slew of regulations have been rescinded. The markets keep hitting new record highs, unemployment is low, and wages are up. The Islamic State is pretty much obliterated as a state. The federal judiciary is being filled with conservative all-stars. Illegal border crossings are down dramatically.
The only other thing I would add to that list of achievements is that the President has induced an epidemic of 'Trump-mania' amongst the more hysterical factions of the Democrat party and it is hilarious to see and read.
Correction: First thing Monday morning I shall set about dis-inheriting 'SoD' and instead I shall leave my overdraft to the Labour party because, of course, 'SoD' caught me out in a 'yuuuuuuge' mistake by reminding me that the title of Mr. Wolff's book is "Fire and Fury" not 'Sound and Fury'! That, of course, makes this entire post a complete waste of space - so no change there then!