Makes me wonder: if the game was released 5 years ago and for some reason the developers wanted to "make fun" of the previous president, what would they have had to do? The NPC would have had to speak like a cohesive, rational and well educated man.
Phineas Drumplemouth instead talks like a deranged, illiterate and self-centered man. What stands out to me is that, even without any actual reference, just by the way he talks, it seems so obvious that he's inspired by Trump.
I played a "pirate" server last year and I have to admit, while the game was pretty much the same, the experience was very different. If it was a new game released today, my experience, compared to 10 years ago, would be drastically different.
More than anything else it's how streamlined everything is nowadays: Best In Slot lists so every class knows what to farm when they hit cap, well documented Top Farming Spots, a clear idea of which classes are "best" to run each type of content.
For me, the best part of the experience at WoW's release, while I had been playing MMOs before it, was the unknown and how little most players cared about FotM and optimal gameplay. You would get a feral druid with agility gear as a healer and you would do your best to make it work, because the druid would actually talk to you and explain why he had such gear, having a conversation with another player leads to friendship. Today, or at least from what I have experienced last year, this does not happen: if you are not playing your class in the most efficient way you are out. And out of what anyway? A group would just run the content without much talking, like it happens on the live version with its LFG and LFR galore.
Wow Vanilla would not be #1 today; times have changed.