American voters woke up stunned to find that Donald Trump had brushed Hillary Clinton aside to win the 2016 US Presidential Election.
Just about everyone else seemed surprised but Trump, who has demonstrated a supreme confidence in his abilities and judgement every step along the road to The White House.
After surviving a controversial and almost unbelievable campaign in which he alienated Hispanics, blacks, women and Muslims with outrageous off-the-cuff comments, Trump is now the most powerful man in the world.
He has his finger poised above the button that could start a nuclear war and is commander-in-chief of the armed forces with a huge arsenal of deadly weapons at his disposal.
Trump lacks experience and diplomacy having never served in office.
A tide of change
He does have a degree in economics that he may want to dust off and revisit before he takes over the top job in January.
Trump has surfed a tide of change in politics. He galvanised lazy voters into action to support his call for change. Quite what the changes will lead to, few people outside his inner sanctum know as Trump has not let on the detail of his policies.
The irony is America is praising the great communicator for his ability to speak to the people, but after the weeks and months of campaigning, he has failed to tell anyone the detail of his policies.
Until now, Trump has been best known as a real estate developer, with a string of up-market hotels and casinos to his name.
He has also chaired several series of the US The Apprentice TV show, taking the role Sir Alan Sugar plays in Britain.
As soon as he sits down in the Oval Office, Trump has promised to repeal incumbent President Barack Obama’s executive orders.
Expect action over climate change, immigration and a more protectionist attitude towards trade.
Trump’s foreign policy lies in uncharted waters.
Although he has indicated a thaw in strained relations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Trump has not uttered a word about US military action in Syria or Iraq.
One thing’s for sure… America is unlikely to be the same ever again.