A vendor of mine observed this week that people are so obsessed with President Trump, "they don't even care about sports anymore!" He said he got to to the end of an article about college basketball and started reading the comments, "and they were arguing about Trump!"
If you think it's getting nuts over here, you should hear how it is outside our borders.
"I am freaked out, not sleeping," writes an otherwise implacable public relations director from Canada. "I gotta calm down. Something big and bad is coming."
All conversations must begin with President Trump. "How are you?" asks a European communication consultant. "I mean, apart from the absolutely terrible fact that Trump is now U.S. president."
Some prominent corporate communication professionals from outside the U.S. are debating on Facebook whether traveling here to speak at and attend business conferences is the right thing to do.
An Australian communicator says he is getting out of the U.S. gigs that he can and accepting no new ones. "Like South Africa, as much as I respected the people I did not support apartheid and therefore would not travel or speak there until it changed. I will do the same with the US now."
Is he comparing the Trump travel ban to apartheid? Not exactly, but he's saying he's going to respond to it in the same way.
Has he lost all perspective?
Haven't we all?