by Bob Woodward
Wow! What a fascinating, shocking, and terrifying book Bob Woodward has given us. I’ve never been particularly political before this President’s term. Because of the protests, police brutality, Q Anon, Antifa, BLM, Coronavirus, lockdowns, masks, no masks, deaths, unemployment, Russia, China, North Korea, and a deliberate President-induced earthquake between “red” and “blue” states, that threatens the concept of “United” States. I began to read everything I could find like it was my job.
Rage is a compilation of 18 interviews between Bob Woodward and President Trump. These interviews reveal the inner Trump as a man who seems very insecure, who needs confirmation that he is “the best” at whatever the task, and unfortunately, the economy, his crowning achievement according to him, has been negatively affected by COVID-19. Reading Trump’s words made me feel like I was listening to a little boy, desperate for attention and confirmation, while the nation waits for him to be an adult.
The interviews reveal that Trump is focused only on the economy. In normal times, there is nothing wrong with that. Even when repeatedly asked about the other issues, he diverts back to how well the economy is doing, side-stepping the question at hand. With all the chaos, there are many more issues, critical issues to address.
When Woodward asked Trump about white-privilege and his ability to understand the anger and pain that Black people feel in this country, he says, “No, You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow! No, I don’t feel that at all.” Then he says, “I’ve done more for the Black community than any other president in history with the possible exception of Lincoln.”
Rage is a very well-written, fast-paced book with eye-opening, mind-blowing, insider revelations about the President of the United States of America, in his own words.