Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Very Bad Week

There are bad weeks...and then there are very bad weeks.

Anthony Scaramucci had a very bad week last week.

He might have had the worst week of anyone I have heard about this year.

I think there are a couple of lessons here for all of us.

First and foremost, I hope everyone will show some grace towards the man. Whatever you might think about him, take a step back and remember he is only a flawed human being like all of us.

Second, there should be a lesson in this for all of us to approach life with a good measure of humility and values to keep us grounded and not let ambition and animosity get the better of us.

Credit: Telegraph.co.uk

The week started out well for Scaramucci.

He was appointed by President Trump to be the White House Communications Director. A Wall Street investment banker and hedge fund manager by trade, Scaramucci did not have the background and training that would normally be considered necessary for such a high profile political position.

However, he had befriended Trump and been a vocal and effective defender of Trump during the campaign on various media outlets. This is despite the fact that he had initially been a big contributor to both the Scott Walker and Jeb Bush presidential campaigns.

Scaramucci had also had been a big RNC contributor in the past but had somehow gotten crosswise with Reince Priebus somewhere along the way.

Soon after his appointment Scaramucci launched into a "furious, foul-mouthed attack" on Priebus with New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza. In so doing, Scaramucci made it clear that he would work to make sure that Priebus would be forced out as White House Chief of Staff.

While all of this was going on, Scaramucci's wife of 3 years was filing for divorce. The New York Post reported that one of the reasons was Donald Trump. An earlier marriage to a college sweetheart had ended after 23 years that produced three children.

Anthony Scaramucci, the White House’s potty-mouthed new communications director, has been dumped by his beautiful blond wife because of his “naked political ambition,” multiple sources exclusively tell Page Six.
Deidre Ball, who worked as a vice president in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital, the firm he founded in 2005 and sold to ascend to the White House, has filed for divorce from “The Mooch” after three years of marriage after getting fed up with his ruthless quest to get close to President Trump, whom she despises.
One source told Page Six, “Deidre has left him and has filed for divorce. She liked the nice Wall Street life and their home on Long Island, not the insane world of D.C. She is tired of his naked ambition, which is so enormous that it left her at her wits’ end. She has left him even though they have two children together.”

Right on the heels of this announcement it was reported that Scaramucci's wife had given birth to a new baby boy. Unfortunately, Scaramucci was not present for the birth. He was traveling with President Trump to West Viginina while his wife was delivering the child in New York City. However, it does not seem that Mrs. Scaramucci had a strong interest in having the father of her child with her.

This is how the New York Post reported what transpired.

 “When James was born, he sent her a text saying, ‘Congratulations, I’ll pray for our child,’” said a source close to the situation.
Anthony’s associate said, “There was discussion between him, her and the divorce attorneys about Anthony going to the hospital and unfortunately … the delivery was sudden.”
Deidre’s anger with her husband was a factor.

Of course, Scaramucci ended his very bad week by being forced to resign his White House Communication Director position at the request of new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (*see end note below).

Ironically, Reince Priebus was forced out as Scaramucci predicted. However, his departure also laid the groundwork for Scaramucci to follow Priebus out the door. Kelly reportedly told Trump that Scaramucci had to go and Trump agreed.

It has been said that what goes around comes around. Perhaps that is true in the case of Anthony Scaramucci.

In any event, it was a very bad week for Anthony Scaramucci.

Let's sum it up.

He was fired from a position in The White House that he held for less than a week.

His wife filed for divorce.

He missed the birth of his son because of friction from that divorce proceeding and his job in Washington that he ended up losing anyway less than a week later.

There are many who probably think he got what he deserved.

I prefer not to judge but to learn when I see these types of things.

There really are some good lessons here for all us.

As for Anthony Scaramucci. He deserves some peace. He deserves some grace. He deserves some time to think about his life, his future and his family.

By any measure, he had a very bad week.


 *End Note about General John Kelly
I find it interesting that President Trump agreed with the recommendation to fire Scaramucci after hiring him a week earlier. It has been said that Trump is his own man and rarely defers to others in his decision making--especially on personnel issues.

Many do not know that Trump spent the entirety of high school years at New York Military Academy. He was accustomed to taking orders and was well schooled in military discipline. He graduated as one of the highest ranking cadets at the school. You can read more about Trump's years at New York Military Academy in this profile in Business Insider published in 2015.

Could it be that only a former General can instill some discipline in the operations of The White House and in President Trump?

Is there something in Trump that makes him fondly remember those high school years and makes him more willing to accept the advice and counsel of a General?

Many argue that Trump relies and defers too much on "the Generals". In this case, it might be exactly what he needs despite Kelly's lack of political and DC experience.

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