– Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, “In Speech, Trump Tests a New Tactic: Toning It Down,” The New York Times online, March 1, 2017
POLITICS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump loves the song ‘My Way,’ bristles at the slightest alterations in his daily routine, and lashes out when the world won’t accept him on his own terms.
Then, when that doesn’t work, he tries something completely different.
Mr. Trump’s well-received address to Congress on Tuesday [2-28-17] night, a conciliatory speech in which the word ‘we’ outnumbered the word ‘I’ by three to one, represented precisely that kind of shift. Just last week, Mr. Trump shouted himself hoarse branding the news media ‘enemies of the American people’ at a time when he was working on an address that invoked the better angels of his own nature, national unity and an ‘end to trivial fights.’
This does not represent a pivot, it is not a fundamental change of approach, and it does not mean that Mr. Trump plans to abandon his tweet-first-and-ask-questions-later style.”