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Archive for October, 2019

I (and Me) SIS

By on October 30, 2019 in See It Here

President Trump addressed the nation on a Sunday morning to announce the head of the Islamic State had been killed by U.S. forces in Syria. Nothing wrong with this at all. We’ve all been quietly concerned about ISIS, even though there have been moments when we’re more focused on why our iPhone won’t delete email.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was trapped in a tunnel and died by setting off a suicide vest he was wearing. Mr. Trump spent a lot of his address telling us he “died like a coward” with references to the fact he was “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.” It quickly became a poorly written attempt to sound like a scene from a Stephen King or Mary Shelley book.

This went on for more than 40 minutes as  he took questions from reporters in the Diplomatic Reception Room where he spoke to the nation.

An address from the White House is about an important issue and, certainly, the death of this leader is just that. It is not, however, a campaign address about how he watched another person killed and how smart he is to have ordered the killing.

A note to our Made-for-TV-President: Make your point and leave and people will talk about the issue instead of your bloviated ego.

Chutzpah Hospitality

By on October 21, 2019 in See It Here

I want to congratulate our president who has been known to use the word “me” more often than the word “you” although he will say what seems to work for him will also work for “you.”

Mr. Trump has been criticized for suggesting only his Doral resort in Florida can handle next June’s G-7 Summit after his staff reviewed 11 other possible venues. In a Saturday tweet our president changed his mind as a result of the usual suspects-Democrats and Media.

Let’s look at words for a moment: It is his property in Doral and his staff looked at the other places (which were never named) and decided his place was the best of all.

Please.

There might have been a staff traveling to the other 11 venues, inspecting security,transportation to and from the nearest airport,accommodating food requirements and cultures and whatever else a staff needs to know when seven world leaders are in one place for a weekend.

Mr. Trump says he would have done this “at cost” and not made any profit had the summit occurred at his place.

Please.

He did the right thing by listening to people who said your idea doesn’t look good.

His Acting Chief of Staff defended the president saying he’s still in the hospitality business.

He’s in the presidency business and the world needs more than good parties these days.

Ukraine Calling

By on October 9, 2019 in See It Here

President Trump doesn’t like criticism because, as must be clear to even his supporters, he’s a smart guy with a lot of “est” in his self-proclaimed attributes: smartest-best-rarest-honest-brightest-craftiest to name just a few.

His July phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky has been The Topic in Congress and talk shows because a staff member listening in–which is a good safeguard for determining the gist (not jest) of the conversation.

That person, called a whistleblower–and now there are more than one–reported our President dangled a federally-approved fund for military supplies for Ukraine in front of Zelensky with the words “do me a favor.” The sentence ended with words about finding something negative about his political foe Joe Biden who happens to want President Trump’s job next year.

Our president says the whistleblower is a spy and a person he wants to meet.

Some believe this is grounds for impeachment since a president isn’t supposed to seek political favors in return for political dirt when taxpayer money is involved.

For each of us it’s a moment to be tested. For our president it’s a moment to be detested. And for all of us, even those without their names on buildings, we’re in for a long period of unrest.

 

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