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How’s the big man doing?

On the outside, the president is happy and full of childlike joy at the wonders of the world. He’s eating burgers, he’s being racist, he’s dreaming about his wall—all the things he loves most.

But what about the Donald Trump the world doesn’t see?

From a Wednesday night New York Times piece (emphasis mine):

President Trump has insisted that he is not going to compromise with Democrats to end the government shutdown, and that he is comfortable in his unbendable position. But privately, it’s sometimes a different story.

“We are getting crushed!” Mr. Trump told his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after watching some recent coverage of the shutdown, according to one person familiar with the conversation. “Why can’t we get a deal?”

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Sad. The country’s most beautiful soul, trapped in a private hell. If only there was an easy, obvious solution to his problems—something that would “reopen” his love of life.