The President was always tuned in to his own words, as well as those of his supporters and critics.
When he appeared on the television, during flights on the campaign trail, he would turn up the volume and shush his team so he could listen, according to sources and reported by The Washington Post.
When his former rival Hillary Clinton appeared on screen, he would watch with the same attention, point at the screen and say, “She’s lying! She’s lying!”
The daily digestion of hours of cable news television during the campaign and in the White House would explain the President’s constant focus on his ratings and his tendency to tweet his reactions to a comedian’s sketch of him or to a critical news segment.