Yes - this is what I thought about Trump's speech, people praised him no end, but he was clearly as stunned & shocked as anyone else.(Now American's are being told they should not be stunned or shocked or upset, as if his winning in a first world democracy should be accepted with sanguine silence, or that totalitarian Trump rule means never having a feeling or opinion not sanctioned by the ruling elite.)
He even had something of that “What do we do now?” gaze that Robert Redford wore after his startling election-night win in “The Candidate.” It felt deeper than that too. Trump was entering a wholly new and terrifying space. He had never commanded a more triumphant stage, yet he suddenly resembled a shrinking fish tossed into scary waters.
I watched Trump again Thursday, as President Obama hosted him at the White House. The president-elect was deferential and gracious as the media entered the Oval Office. He also conveyed the same hesitant vibe as he did on election night, which was oddly reassuring. “The fact that the president-elect looks a bit shocked and more somber today is the most heartening thing I’ve seen in days,” tweeted Tom Nichols, a professor at the United States Naval War College and a vocal Trump critic during the campaign.At least Trump was human enough to be nervous, or humble enough to let it show all over his face. Yes, this was really happening, and the realization was sinking into Donald J. Trump like the initial drips of anesthesia: His life had changed utterly, and so had the world.