The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness.
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. – Plato
First this: “On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said. And so on, around the room.
Cringe-inducing by most any human measure. Meerkats, it should be noted, treat the clan’s queen similarly.
Sometime later: “The President doesn’t script the Cabinet and we’re given the ability to say what’s on our mind.” – Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin.
You can’t make this stuff up. The old man wondered which was worse. A Cabinet-level flash mob of synchronized sycophancy or all those swamp creatures – independently – genuflecting and kissing the President’s zirconium pinky ring?
Available in the White House gift shop.