I watched, enraptured, as the new press secretary introduced Anthony Scaramucci and he took the stage… Smooth operator played in the minds of some CNN news people as he slowly poured out his proverbial soul to the press and the American people… His devotion and loyalty to the President is obviously unmatched and what earned him his job, as was his ability to smile and almost flirt with a room full of reporters… It was like watching a first date. The room was full of anticipation. Will he be the one? He was charming, confident, boyish, and funny… he did his job. But, he also declared his love for his boss, he made some interestingly catchy statements and showed us that he will be 100% in the President’s corner on all things ~ will he be willing to lie and distort facts? Well, after watching his morning interview on CNN, it seems so.
I felt almost sorry for Spicer, he was a deer in the headlights in that briefing room. It was like he had no idea of what he was getting himself into until it was too late and he was a character on SNL. Scaramucci, on the other hand, knows exactly what he is taking on. He is a cat playing with a mouse… the mouse still has some life in it, but it is being toyed with, tossed around… it will only be a matter of time before the claws come out and there is one final chomp. Scaramucci is reminiscent of a mafia lawyer… he is too smooth… beware! If we thought hiding in the shrubbery was bad we will have so much more to be concerned about as the months progress…
The most laughable moment of that press conference, if you want to see humor in a horror film, was when he declared that Trump has ‘very good karma’… let that sink in
I almost feel sorry for him… day after day, speech after speech, meeting after meeting and tweet after tweet… people still support him ~ those same people who wore the red hats and flooded the internet spreading fake news ~ they are standing tall by their man. Billing himself as the only one who could come in and ‘save’ our country, he was (and probably still is) look at as the Messiah. I recall reading and hearing his supporters speak about Trump being the choice of God. How frightening for them to think that God was really not in charge of our election but actually a narcissistic loose cannon and his helpful Russian friends (whether he knew it or not). Trump is spiraling out of control, digging his hole deeper by the day, and alienating our global friends. Most every day we can hear him speaking the alternate truth. Watching Trump’s presidency is like watching a train wreck or a singer perform who can’t carry a tune… cringing, I watch, through my finger, shaking my head… I almost feel sorry for him because he is making himself and our country look like a fool…. and a man in his 70’s should behave with more dignity and speak with more care…
Impeachment? I don’t think it will happen…. but I can hope…
People say that everything is either a gift or a lesson…. well, America? Have we learned our lesson yet? If so, it is time to move on and do better next time.
Where is the horror? Two innocent people have been murdered… a teacher and an 8 year old child… IN A SCHOOL
If you blinked, you may have missed our most recent school shooting. It was yesterday, when a man waltzed through the front office, signed in, went into a classroom and opened fire in front of children, killing the teacher, her eight year old student, and injuring a nine-year old. I heard about it in one on-line story about an hour after the incident and then again on NPR as I was driving home. By the time I settled down with my glass of wine and grading to do, CNN was covering Trump’s excessive golf habits, the doctor being dragged off of a United flight and the Syrian bombing… I watched for two hours and there was no mention of the shooting… WTF?
I guess domestic violence does not get ratings… not to mention that both the victim and shooter were black, the slaughter happened in a brown neighborhood, and only one child was killed…. I am disgusted to think that we only care about Islamic terrorism, violence that is racially driven, mass murder, or manifestos. We SHOULD care about this…
They were newly weds, he was a church going blessed man, she was a special ed teacher… but things were going wrong, she tried to leave a man that was scaring her and… HE HAD A GUN… HE HAD A GUN… HE HAD A GUN…
Where is our RED LINE, our 59 missiles, our repeal and replace of gun regulation, our metal detectors in every school across the nation, our extra funding for mental health (or marital health), our wall against gun violence…
Those two innocents meant the world to the people who loved them… but that crime didn’t play into our narrative of things we need to rally against… really? Here in ‘Make America Great Land’ you are more likely to be shot by a fellow American either by accident or because he is a bit ‘off’, than you are to be killed by a terrorist… let’s put America first by taking care of THIS business…. domestic violence and access to guns needs to be addressed… the end
I just read that the ‘Wall Proposals’ are due on Wednesday. I had this picture in my mind of people all over the world sitting in little teams contemplating materials and design. Suddenly I had a flash of a children’s story I read to my first grade class every year: The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas. From the title you can see that the classic tale is flip flopped and the sweet little wolves are terrorized by this big mean ugly pig. The wolves like to play games like badminton, hopscotch and croquet … they try to protect themselves by using not straw, sticks and bricks, but iron bars, metal plates, concrete block and a video surveillance system… each time the Big Bad Pig blasts their home to bits with dynamite, sledgehammers, or his ever ready pneumatic drill. Finally the wolves give up trying to build this fortress against their enemy….
I imagine our wall as their final house, a wall of flowers (or better yet edible plants) swaying delicately in the wind, having a similar effect on boarder dwellers, as the wolves flower house had on the Pig…. as one draws near our wall “they are filled with the fragrant scent of flowers”… their hearts grow and they begin to dance. At my wall they may pick a strawberry or snack on an apple before shaking hands with the boarder control, who tend the wall, take selfies with the crossers and welcome them to America.
Gone are the people dying in the desert, gone are people dying in storage containers or the backs of overheated trucks and gone are those profiting from human trafficking…
I am sure there are holes in my dream… but if you don’t have the dream nothing can ever change…
No intelligence… I heard CNN newscaster, Don Lemon utter these words. As he was interviewing a Trump spokesperson about the claim that our former president ordered a wire-tap on Trump’s phone at Trump Tower, he simply asked the spokesperson if President Trump had any ‘intelligence’… and then “So, what your saying is that he has ‘No intelligence’.” I laughed out loud and I am sure that once he said it he knew what it really meant.
Of course our president has no intelligence. Conspiracy theories, die-hard supporters, poor judgement, and a quick finger when it comes to Twitter – he has those in spades… but intelligence he is lacking. He is surprised at the complexity of our healthcare issues, shocked that people are concerned about his connection to Russia, and has mentioned our former president more times in the past six weeks than Obama mentioned Bush in his entire presidency. He is becoming more unhinged as the days pass.
We have weathered more White House scandal than we have seen in decades… and he is just getting started. Wait until he gets on a roll!
Intelligence is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills, the ability to deal with new or trying situations. Intelligence is what is required to process and synthesize information, to sift through a problem and come up with reasonable solutions. It is the ability to rise to the occasion, use clear language and speak to a topic. It is what we need as a nation.
A man who leads without intelligence is a danger to us all! We are being led by someone with no intelligence… and those who surround him are continuing to make excuses for him and cover it up… Those who surround him need to take his phone at night… give us all a break!
I was certain, when I turned on the television this morning, that what I was getting was ‘fake news’. It HAD to be. Certainly it was put forward by those Trump hating, rainbow bleeding, far-left leaning, CNN loving, paid protestors and other subversive organizations who scream ‘Not My President’ and wear those horrid ‘pussy’ hats. The story was so outrageous that it must be fake…
CNN, The New York Times, Politico and other news organizations had been banned from a press conference. Only Trump-friendly press were allowed to be at the briefing. What does this mean for you? Well, if you are not interested in truth and only want to see news that supports our president and you are willing to take what he says as fact without question, then you are good. If however, you wonder what the hell is going on in Washington, then you should be very upset about this latest development.
Let me be clear, CNN is not going anywhere… they are on right now, reporting on the DNC election, on statements released by the White House, and by actions that are happening every day… what we won’t get to see is the White House and President having to answer questions that challenge them and make them uncomfortable. Those banned news organizations are the voice of critical thinkers and, yes, the opposition.
I understand that part of the competitiveness of media is getting the scoop… it would have been nice if the reporters and the organizations they represent had made a statement by saying ‘if they don’t go in, we don’t go in’… sometimes we need to step beyond our rolls and join in the action. It is time for the press to step out from behind their cameras and note pads and stand up for what they know is right. As much as our President likes a crowd, speaking to an empty room just might send a message.
We believe in the free press… they are integral to our democracy whether you agree with them or not. If you don’t like their slant you can change the channel. The ‘fake news’ needs to be challenged and if all we have are Trump-supporting news organizations doing the reporting, all that ‘fake news’ that originates from the White House, will be all we hear…. SAD
It is so interesting that Trump and Trump supporters are calling foul when the opposition and news jump on his ‘missteps’ and ‘alternative facts’. It is interesting when they shout unfair, untrue, and unpatriotic as he is called out and scrutinized by the public. Have they forgotten the election? Have they forgotten ‘Lock Her Up’ and ‘Drain the Swamp’, Little Marco, Crooked Hillary, and Lying Ted, ? Have they forgotten ‘ Look at that Face?’, ‘Snore Fest Jeb’… where were they? Where was he? He spent over a year saying the most outrageously untrue things, calling names, and disrespecting respected leaders in our government… how quickly they have all forgotten his SOP.
Trump and his supporters are concerned that there is an unprecedented level of fake news, yet they won their election by promoting fake news. His head man, Steve Bannon, is the king of fake news… get a grip, people!
The problem is, that unlike Obama (who our current president seems to be obsessed with), Trump reacts, highlights and defends every bit of news that paints him in a bad light. He is obsessed with the past statements of people who spoke out against him during his campaign which is why, after a month in office he has only appointed 14 people to key positions… he can’t find anyone with much experience who did not support one of the 17 other candidates! His vetting process is whether or not they said something mean about him in the past.
Last night my husband asked me what HAPPENED in Sweden. Nothing. Nothing happened. Is the media and public supposed to just ignore that. Trump got his information from Fox News. I am not saying they peddle untruths, but Trump must not have really been paying attention to what the story was really about (an issue for him) and then repeated what he thought he heard to thousands and then millions of people. HE IS THE PRESIDENT! It is our duty and the media’s duty to call him out when he says crazy s***. Our DUTY! This is not being unfair, this is about public safety and world respect. It is about holding our president accountable.
He was, and still is, great at dishing it out… if he can’t take the heat… time to get out of the kitchen. All this whining does need to stop… Mr. Trump, enough is enough, stop whining!