Agree. Tillerson was regarded as one of the “adults in the room” whose role seemed to be like Charlie Chaplin’s job as street sweeper in City Lights, following after the parade to clean up the horseshit Trump left in his wake.
I suspect that the educable and negotiation aspect to Tillerson came to full-flower during his tenure as CEO for ExxonMobil. As the CEO of a publicly traded corporation, Tillerson had to know how to finesse the stakeholders, “the Street,” and the general public, whereas Trump, whose “business acumen” is based on leading private, family-owned enterprise with little accountability, could be autocratic, leading to his looking lovingly at despots such as Xi Jingping, who recently proclaimed himself leader for life.
Of course, this is all relative, like praising Heinrich Himmler for being a devoted family man. Not to go Godwin right off the bat, but Tillerson spent almost his entire working life at ExxonMobil, which determined by the early 1980s that fossil fuel consumption had a direct effect on climate change but suppressed this conclusion until recently, among other “shortcomings.” For me, an early exposure to corporate greenwashing came in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil-tanker spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989. Seem to recall an Exxon ad that used a picture of Marilyn Monroe that called out her facial mole, noting that that imperfection only made the overall beauty that much more striking, so Alaskans shouldn’t worry too much about that “mole” out in the Sound.
So, yes, sorry to see Rex go, particularly as he was replaced by Mike Pompeo, who may get the President’s Daily Brief reduced down to a Spy vs. Spy cartoon from Mad magazine.