What are we to think of our new president?
Well, first, it's been only a week.
Second, many of us already know what we think, knew going in, and haven't changed our minds.
But, third, wow. Between jobs meetings, executive orders, trip to Philly, war with media, talking torture and the wall, phone time with Vladimir Putin, and roiling the immigrant and refugee world with U.S. entry bans, Week 1 was a whirlwind.
First impressions depend where you stand.
Those more or less on board go with English proverbs: "First impressions are the most lasting," meaning we're in for an Energizer Bunny incumbency of drum-beating and constant movement to get good things done.
Others may like the view of Franz Kafka: "First impressions are always unreliable," noise and activity don't translate into good things getting done, or, oh, my God, our future is Kafkaesque.
Meetings with business and labor leaders on jobs, wages, and making things in America with American workers were encouraging first steps. If Trump creates or saves jobs, no matter what you think of him, that's good, right?
Business honchos have an ally in cutting corporate tax rates and federal regulations. And union leaders at least were at the table.
(Though I bet Democrats were banging their foreheads on their tables, thinking, "Oh, great. Another part of what's left of our coalition tempted into Trumpland.")
And, yeah, there was non-productive silliness over inaugural crowd size and phony widespread fraud robbing Trump of the popular vote. But is anyone surprised that Trump, even as president, maintains a penchant for overstatement, truth-defying, or total obsession with self-aggrandizement?
Crowd and fraud "issues" are distractions, diversions for White House, national, and social media to feast upon while only browsing at a buffet of all-you-can-eat real news that Trump is serving up daily.
In one week, the president no one thought could be president moved to move the nation in new directions on health care, immigration, refugees, trade, energy, the environment, abortion, and more.
Yet what got disproportionate notice was Trump's war with the media, and top Trump aide Steve Bannon labeling media "the opposition party."
From my perspective, media should always be in combat with people of public power, and be the opposition party to every administration.
And what of complaints and protests over Trump's controversial cabinet picks?
As president, he can pick whom he wants. And it looks as if his picks can get confirmed. And it's rarely a clean, easy process.
(President Obama's 2009 Health and Human Services nominee, former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle, withdrew over unpaid taxes. His Commerce nominee, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, withdrew in the face of a federal probe involving a contractor and campaign contributions.)
Overall, it's clear Trump is the same as when he was running. It's clear he's pushing things, including the wall and entry bans, that he promised as a candidate.
What's unclear is whether issues around his business interests, tax returns, or any personal/financial ties to Russia surface to slow him down, or whether he again end-runs conflict and transparency as he amazingly, successfully has since starting his campaign.
That and whether Congress really uses tax dollars to build the wall Mexico says it won't; whether Congress really replaces Obamacare with, as Trump has said, "insurance for everybody"; and whether Congress and the American people are unmoved by stories and images of refugee children and families caught in the consequences of questionable White House orders.
Trump's week one was dizzying. Gallup daily tracking showed his disapproval rating climb five points to 50 percent from last Monday to Friday.
But what are you going to believe, your own feelings or some "rigged" poll?