Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What is really going on in the White House?

A good friend sent me this speculation, and I asked him if I could pass it on. He said yes, as long as he remained anonymous....
Ivanka Trump now has an office in the White House and it clicked with me what might be going on. Her father has the beginnings of Alzheimer's. He wanted to run for president and the family didn't think he'd get the nomination. Then they didn't think he'd get the election. Now they have to manage his decline. I know from experience that judgement declines as memory fades because relevant factors simply aren't in the person's mind any more. It hit me that his positions from a year ago, now contradicted 180 degrees by his current positions, are examples of this. His emotional control is badly eroded because he doesn't remember consequences which follow certain actions. His family is trying to figure out what to do to manage this. The sons take over the business, his wife can't raise a ten year old and give him the 24/7 attention he needs, and will increasingly need. It falls to the daughter to take care of the parent, hence the office in the White House. The sexist nature of the division of labor here is an argument for another day. This is only supposition on my part, but this fills in some blanks for me. I think we'll know if this is true before this term is out, but it's something to keep in mind.


  1. Anonymous9:27 PM

    Kind of a dumb post. Certainly Reagan was in the early stages on Alzheimer's toward the end of his second term, yet he didn't display any of these characteristics.

    I'll be anonymous too.

  2. I too thought Trump was in the early stages of dementia. All the signs seem to be there. Except ...
    During his press conference a month or so ago, Lisa Desjardin asked him a two part question. He spent several minutes answering the 2nd part of the question. I was then AMAZED that he then came back to the first half of the question and answered it. I did not think that he had the cognitive ability to do that.
    I STILL think that he can barely read at a middle school level, and that he has numerous personality disorders. But I am no longer sure about alzheimers.

  3. Dementia is wishful thinking. Trump is all there. But old age reduces working memory span and other functions. The job is extremely demanding, so maybe some old age malfunction is showing.

  4. Anonymous1:51 PM

    There is some truly child commentary here.