Donald John Trump is keeping people busy. He's got staffers, lawyers, streaming news alert editors, impeachment historians, ethics investigators, hair spray manufacturers, Putin watchers and real-estate interpreters, who all frantically flapping and squawking like a flock of seagulls outside a sardine plant at low tide.
Watch any of the network or cable news broadcasts and you instantly note that all the anchors are exhausted. Their "Breaking News" graphic ... broke. Half of Washington has gone deaf, what with all the bombshells exploding with little or no warning around their tiny Beltway heads.
A majority of the president's problems seem self-inflicted. Broken-racketed unforced errors. The Apprentice Chief Executive has made more missteps than the last place finisher in a drunken hopscotch tournament with a watch cap pulled over his eyes on cobblestones. Every time someone escorts the blonde bull out of Ye Olde China Shoppe, he sneaks around back and butts his way through another wall just because he loves the sound of breaking crystal.
Immediately after firing FBI Director James Comey, the president called him "a nut job" and shared classified intelligence with two Russian diplomats. But then the White House assured the country that Mr. Trump was never in possession of any intelligence he could have shared. And America is totally willing to believe that whole "not in possession of any intelligence" part.
In defense of this disclosure of classified Israeli intel, Trump claims he can say anything to anybody at anytime because as president he has special powers. Apparently he was bitten by a radioactive spider. But the biggest and best and most beautifulest of any radioactive spider that anyone has ever seen. This was a huuuuuuuge radioactive spider. Everyone is talking about it.
To say his last week was rocky is like intimating the glove compartment of a car crushed by a compactor is not the best place to store beer. Inexplicably, Trump told the Economist magazine he invented the phrase "priming the pump" which according to Webster's has been in general usage since 1933. He's King of the Inexplicable.
Next he'll maintain he's responsible for the phrase "out of control dumpster fire" as well. Of course, he has provided one heck of a high bar for all future comparisons.
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein felt compelled to appoint a Special Prosecutor to get to the bottom of possible Russian collusion and obstruction of justice and all-round, random mendacity. The fastest any president in history has been targeted with a special prosecutor. Ever. In less than four months, he's gone from zero to Nixon.
Getting the hell out of Dodge, the president embarked on a nine-day, five-city foreign tour visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium and the Vatican. For a guy who hates to travel and goes off script like a 5-year-old at "Everything's Free Day" at Disneyland, visiting the centers of three world religions offers more hidden minefields than walking barefoot in the dark through the western sand dunes of Egypt.
POTUS 45's first overseas trip culminates at the G-7 conference in Taormina, Italy. The G-7 used to be known as the G-8 until Russia was kicked out for annexing Crimea. But now that they've annexed us, are they back in the loop? Perhaps that's a question better suited for the special prosecutor. Time to take the Fifth. Of Scotch.