Spicer Contrasts

At Scaramucci’s debut at the White House on Friday, the contrast between the slick financier and outgoing press secretary Sean Spicer was apparent. Scaramucci, wearing a well-fitting blue suit, deflected any probing questions, made self-deprecating jokes about his vanity and height and confidently declared his “love” for the president several times. He said his job would be to let Trump be himself.

“I think he’s got some of the best political instincts in the world, and perhaps in history,” he said.

Scaramucci spoke as if Trump was listening, addressing him directly at one point. He praised the president’s athleticism, claiming to have seen him throw a football through a tire with a “death spiral” and to sink foul shots at Madison Square Garden in formal attire. He adopted some of Trump’s adjectives, like “tremendous” and “phenomenal” — even a “huge” that sounded as if it started with a Y.