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Both president and press corps scratch their heads at Trump's ongoing success

Niall O'Dowd

Published 22/12/2015 | 02:30

'We had all misjudged the Donald Trump phenomenon, dismissing his candidacy as fodder for comedians and the peanut gallery.' GETTY
'We had all misjudged the Donald Trump phenomenon, dismissing his candidacy as fodder for comedians and the peanut gallery.' GETTY

At the entrance to the White House last Tuesday night, toy snowmen were everywhere on the lawn. Inside, carollers sang. Hot buffets and eggnog were among the refreshments offered.

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The White House itself was lit up in Christmas colours sparkling against a clear night sky. It was President Barack Obama's annual media party night, and the great and good of American journalism gathered to meet and greet the president and first lady.

In the entrance hangs a picture of Christmas 1962, with JFK and Jackie Kennedy standing beside their Christmas tree. They looked happy and welcoming. By the end of 1963 he would be dead and she would have lost her son Patrick, just 38 hours' old, to a (now curable) lung infection. It is an indelible image.

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