For White House Staffers
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If your president is insecure, he can be susceptible to the influence of corrupt advisors and this could cause him to engage in risky behavior that’s dangerous for him — and the nation.
What can a citizen do? Forbidding the connection probably won’t work and could play right into the hands of the evil aide by strengthening their bond.
Some experts advocate for providing the president with good role models in hopes that decency and good judgment will rub off. Other experts argue that we don’t have time for that shit.
In very serious cases, where the health of our democracy hangs in the balance and lives are at stake, citizens may need to resort to desperate measures.
One such approach is to use reverse psychology. Instead of complaining about your president’s choice of companions, praise the companion over your president. Talk up the advisor’s strength and smarts, and draw an unfavorable comparison with the president’s own qualities. You can even go so far as to imply that the advisor is the one with true control and the president is merely a puppet. The more you can get this idea repeated by “the media,” the better the chance of its success.
Widespread messaging such as this will create a fear in your president that people perceive him as a weak “loser” and he may decide he has no choice but to assert his dominance by firing the offending advisor.
A crude, underhanded strategy, to be sure. But as the saying goes, “Desperate times…”
All narcissists have the urge to do what they desire now. As a White House staffer, you can help your president develop patience and learn some basics about time and how it works.
If your president asks to use his smartphone to send an angry tweet to General Motors while sitting with the prime minister of Japan, calmly explain that he must wait until the meeting is over. Don’t ask him to be patient for very long, though.
Asking more than he is capable of giving can backfire. If he shows any ability to wait and delay his desire, use a gold Sharpie to add a star to his reward chart.