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Witcover: Don Quixote in the Oval Office

Witcover: Don Quixote in the Oval Office

The other day, when President Donald Trump contended absurdly that if he had been present at the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, he would have "run in there" even unarmed to save the students, it naturally brought to mind Don Quixote tilting at a windmill.

The president's notion that he would or could prevent even a single death with such behavior was another comment on his self-absorption and exaggerated sense of his own bravery despite no real-life evidence of the same.

Against that boast of super-hero in his own mind are such facts as his multiple deferments for bone spurs that kept him out of the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, and his known dislike even...