Cover Story: Nothing To See Here

To illustrate the chaos surrounding the initial days of the Trump Administration, Time magazine asked illustrator Tim O’Brien to depict a windswept Donald Trump, sitting stoically at his desk in the oval office, as a tempest swirls around him.

The “Nothing to See Here” cover line seems to say it all, but read Philip Elliott’s cover story to get the thousand-plus words behind the picture telling this story.

“Ultimately, Trump is the only person who can calm the storm, fan it further or just let the show go on," Elliott writes, concluding, "Aides say he would like there to be less celebrity-like coverage of every staff skirmish, and he has become increasingly concerned about the leaking, from within both the White House and the intelligence community. But he has so far resisted many binding efforts to create a more conventional order around him, encouraging aides who color outside the lines on television, maintaining walk-in power for each of his senior staff members and starting each morning with a tweetstorm that often upends the news cycle in unexpected ways. Bottle up the disruptive methods and Trump fears he could lose the magic that made him President.”



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  1. Chuck Lantz from, network, February 16, 2017 at 4:51 p.m.

    "... the magic that made him President"?   Cheap tricks, not magic. 

    But why even try to outdo Hamilton?;  "Talents for low intrique, and the little arts of popularity..."

  2. Christina Ricucci from Millenia 3 Communications, February 16, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

    How ironic: seeing this cover--which seems to accurately reflect the Trump White House chaos we've seen in just a few weeks--on the very day in which Trump has told reporters that his administration is running "like a fine tuned machine." The machine it brings to my mind is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7; can the American people do a recall like Samsung did?

  3. charles bachrach from BCCLTD, February 16, 2017 at 6:38 p.m.

    Truly NOTHING to see.....but to watch is a different story.  He will SCREW this country until we are worst than a thrid world!!!!

  4. Chuck Lantz from, network replied, February 16, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.

    Christina:  Your Trump quote reminds me of a comment often heard on race-boats that have found themselves way off course:  "The bad news is we're going the wrong way. The good news is that we're going really fast."

  5. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited replied, February 16, 2017 at 7:31 p.m.

    So true. There is no such thing as magic regardless of its entertainment value; it is all illusion, like the magic of Oz. Ya' gotta' wake up to get back to Kansas.

  6. Chuck Lantz from, network replied, February 16, 2017 at 8:19 p.m.

    Paula Lynn:  I cannot get the smile off my face after reading your GREAT line:

    "... like the magic of Oz.  Ya' gotta' wake up to get back to Kansas."


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