Our Cartoon-Like President

26331E44-284B-4530-8210-BA31F718745CDid you ever read that book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury”? Chris asked.

“You mean the one about our cartoon-like president?” Steve responded. “No, but I did read Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

“There’s just no precedent for his presidency, is there?” Chris said. “I wish we were back in those halcyon days when we had a sane, competent leader in the White House. Someone like Barack Obama, for instance.”

“I know,” Steve agreed. “Trump acts like he thinks he’s the king where he and the members of his royal family can do anything they want to, let the people be damned.”

“Yeah,” said Chris. “And like a king or a dictator, he wants to have a huge — and very costly — military parade to show off what a big gun he has.”

Steve sighed. “I swear, if the technology existed, I would have my body frozen until the day that Trump is indicted, impeached, removed from the White House, or voted out of office.


Written for the following one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (fire), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cartoon), Scotts Daily Prompt (precedent), Ragtag Daily Prompt (halcyon), Word of the Day Challenge (royal), Your Daily Word Prompt (parade), and HW Daily Word Prompt (frozen).

Detached From Reality

9C6490E9-170B-4B6B-AF74-377357CA872APulitzer Prize winning author Bob Woodward, the author of the book Fear — Trump in the White House, said today, “I’ve never seen an instance when the president is so detached from the reality of what’s going on.”

Along with Carl Bernstein, Woodward wrote a series of stories for The Washington Post detailing corruption at the highest level of the Nixon government. Woodward has spent the last four decades reporting and chronicling how each successive president since Nixon has dealt with the immense challenges of the office. He’s now suggesting that what he has witnessed in the Trump White House is unlike anything he’s seen before.

“This has not been treated seriously enough,” Woodward said. “Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security.”

So what does our Dear Leader have to say tweet? “The Woodward book is a Joke — just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!”

Hero or Coward?

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I’ll be honest. I’m conflicted. The anonymous op-ed section piece in yesterday’s New York Times has caused quite a brouhaha. It was allegedly written by a “senior official in the Trump administration.” And the Times took the unusual step of publishing it anonymously because the author’s “job would be jeopardized by the disclosure” of his or her name.

The first thing that I found a little strange was the timing of its publication — right in the middle of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Trump’s highly controversial nominee for the judicial vacancy on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Was the timing intended to distract attention from the extremely important hearings that could have significant ramifications on America’s fabric for decades?

The second thing that struck me was that there was nothing in the essay that we didn’t already know. Between Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, published earlier this year, Omarosa Manigault’s insider tell-it-all, Unhinged, and Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, Fear, there seemed little “new news” revealed.

What was the end game of the article’s authors? Was it to reassure Americans that, despite the fact that there is an amoral, childish idiot in the Oval Office, that he (or she), along with other White House insiders, are the “adults in the room” who “are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t”?

Or was it to try to persuade Americans that, despite working in a senior role with an amoral, childish idiot of a president, he/she is really a good person who is trying to do right for the people by admitting to working against the President from the inside. And if this senior official feels so strongly about the damage Trump is doing, why doesn’t he/she resign and go public?

So was the op-ed piece in the Times a crucial public service announcement? Was it a distraction designed to turn eyes away from the Kavanaugh hearing and other Trump doings? Or was it a self-serving attempt by someone working for Trump to ask for forgiveness for working for an unhinged, unfit, unqualified moron filling the highest office in the land?

As I said at the beginning of this post, I am conflicted. I can’t decide if the person who wrote the essay is a hero or a coward.

What about you? what do you think?

On a lighter note…DAB55986-D722-4474-BF40-24B56990BBDA