Quick Takes: Trump Begins to Find Out What It Means to Be POTUS

* From the Wall Street Journal:

During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting.

* From the LA Times:

Following Trump’s meeting Thursday at the White House with the president, several Obama officials privately noted the extent to which Trump and his staff seemed unprepared to discuss basic aspects of staffing a new administration and daunted by the extent of the challenges ahead…

Kushner’s [Trump’s son-in-law] presence at the White House on Thursday drew notice from Obama’s staff when he asked, as they toured the West Wing, how many of the individuals there would remain into the next administration. Nearly all will depart along with the president.

* From the New York Times:

Mr. Trump, a homebody who often flew several hours late at night during the campaign so he could wake up in his own bed in Trump Tower, is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can…

The questions reflect what Mr. Trump’s advisers described as the president-elect’s coming to grips with the fact that his life is about to change radically.

* Steve Benen sums up:

Donald Trump likes to tweet. He likes to bathe in his followers’ adulation at big rallies. He likes to watch TV and complain about news coverage he finds unflattering. He likes to sleep in his own bed – in a penthouse within a building emblazoned with his name in big, gold letters.

He doesn’t like to do what presidents do.

* Glenn Kessler takes a look at Speaker Ryan’s claim that “because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke,” and gives it 4 Pinocchios.

Medicare certainly faces financial stress as the baby-boom generation begins to retire in full force, but it’s important to get the facts straight. It’s bad enough that Ryan, like many politicians, uses imprecise rhetoric such as “broke”; that’s a Two-Pinocchio violation. But the House speaker really went off the rails when he said on national television that Obamacare is making the program go broke. That’s the exact opposite of what happened.

* If you’re looking for consistency and rationality, you’re probably not going to find it in our next president.

* Here’s an uplifting response to that:

Anti-Donald Trump activists took their fight online over the weekend by donating to Planned Parenthood in Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s name.

When people donate, they can do it in honor of someone and list that person’s address so they receive a certificate. Donors posted screen grabs of the donation page on social media, showing they sent the certificate to Pence’s office, NBC Chicago reported.

Pence, as a six-term congressman and as Indiana governor, has supported defunding Planned Parenthood and overturning Roe v. Wade.

* Finally, it case you missed it, this is how SNL opened their show over the weekend.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.