The ‘new guy’ is bombing

getimage-1.dll_45OK, I agree with conservative columnists and pundits who urge all of us to cut the new president of these United States some slack. It’s tough being the “new guy.”

In fact, that’s one of my favorite old episodes of “Saturday Night Live.” Bill Murray had come on board and wasn’t readily accepted back in 1977. The viewing audience had come to respect and admire Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin — and token black guy Garrett Morris — as the way things ought to be. John Belushi was the glue and the gold standard of that entourage.

So after Chevy Chase left the show to pursue other goals, Murray had to step in.

And this is how Murray handled it.

He was the new host of the segment of SNL that delivered “the Weekend Update.”

At the end of his satirical news segment in 1977, Murray turned to the audience and asked forgiveness.

Murray looked the audience in the eye and shared how his laundry guy told him “he stunk.”

He then talked about his dad died when he was 17. He talked about how his mother worked hard to support his large family in Illinois and his efforts on the show were critical to keeping the family afloat.

“If you could see it your heart to laugh at anything I do, no matter what it is,” he begged the audience, “life would be good.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40 years you know where Bill Murray’s career went from that point forward. The man is a legend in the world of entertainment from the silliness and charm of “Caddy Shack” and “Ghost Busters” to the introspection and heart of “Broken Flowers” and “St. Vincent.”

And it all began with an admission from Murray that he wasn’t being accepted. There were problems with public perception of what he was capable of doing. His message was lost in the crossfire. Murray told us he understood the problem and asked for patience.

And that’s cool.

What isn’t cool is a relative stranger to American politics coming on board with a haughty attitude of unchallenged privilege and hurling accusations at anyone and everything that questions where he is going with this nation of ours.

And make no mistake Donald Trump is a privileged person. He was born the forth child of a real estate mogul and attended an expensive private prep school before enrolling in the New York Military Academy, one of the oldest military schools for youngsters in the U.S. It may be a tad ironic, but the academy had to file bankruptcy in 2015 and was sold to Chinese investors.

Trump spent time at two colleges, Fordham University in the Bronx of New York City and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he ultimately received one of the only degrees in the country in real estate. He received college deferments so he didn’t have to serve in the Vietnam War.

Then Trump’s father infused him with cash and the young Donald went into the real estate business.

This young entrepreneur went on to amass a pretty good fortune — and if he ever releases his tax returns we’ll all know how much. He also married three times, divorced twice and had five kids. His first wife was a Czechoslovakian model, his second a TV actress and his third a Slovene model. The guy likes pretty women and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Not a bad resume.

Except something doesn’t feel right. And unless you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Trump supporter you know it’s true. Something is askew.

Trump finds it’s somehow critical to rise early in the morning and use social media to share whatever nonsense is rattling around in his mind. This includes simple rants about a beauty pageant contestant Trump says wasn’t worthy to the 44th president of the United States, who Trump alleges violated federal law to illegally “tapp” Trump World.

So far, there’s no proof to back up these strange attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado or Barack Obama other than to call them respectively, “Miss Piggy” and “a bad (or sick) guy.”

I’m sorry Republican apologists, but there’s solid reasons the press — and a chunk of the nation — is nervous.

Back in 1977 Bill Murray turned to his constituency on SNL and said, “I don’t think I’m making it on this show. It’s me.”

Such honesty might serve Trump and the nation well.

Michael H. O’Donnell is the retired assistant managing editor of the Idaho State Journal.