Twitter Having a Field Day With Trump’s ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’ Press Conference Quote

  • Rick Chandler

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The first presidential press conference was held exactly 104 years ago next month, and it was a mistake. Just like the latest one.

On March 15, 1913, Woodrow Wilson was expecting to talk with a handful of reporters, one and a time, in his office. But his press secretary was a bit overzealous with the invitations, and about 125 showed up.

Startled by the large turnout, Wilson didn’t know what to do. Finally he made a speech to the group as a whole, then took questions. And a tradition was born.

Prior to 1913, presidents paid little attention to the press — According to Slate, Teddy Roosevelt’s idea of a press conference was talking with two or three reporters each morning as he was getting a shave.

But now we’ve got Trump, who runs a press conference like he’s just lost control of a wheelbarrow full of tools at the top of a steep driveway. Thursday’s debacle made it clear that we’ve got a madman at the controls — his thoughts on CNN’s ratings, lobbing missiles at Russian ships and uranium were worth the price of admission alone.

But then this happened. Trump:

“I turn on the TV and I open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos. Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

Twitter lost its shit.