With Carrier trip, Trump embraces theater of the presidency

President Barack Obama has toured his share of factories over eight years in office, heralding new innovations and shaking hands with workers.

By: AP | Washington | Published:December 1, 2016 2:29 pm

Donald Trump knows how to make a moment. The president-elect is flying to Indiana on Thursday for an event with officials from Carrier Corp., which is keeping about 1,000 jobs in the U.S. instead of moving them to Mexico. In doing so, he’s showing an early deftness for the way the theater of the presidency can be used to shape perceptions of those who occupy the Oval Office.

President Barack Obama has toured his share of factories over eight years in office, heralding new innovations and shaking hands with workers. But he’s often bristled at presidential stagecraft, the part of the job where sending the right message can sometimes be as important as making the right decision.