Category Archives: President

Killing Putin

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In his Super Bowl interview with President Trump, Bill O’Reilly accused the Russian President of killing people. Trump’s response? “You think our country’s so innocent?”

That made me think of one of my favorite exchanges between Michael Corleone and Kay Adams:

Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.
Kay: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.
Michael: Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?

Except Trump is president, not a mob boss. Now who’s being naive?

Putin

Anyway, I got the idea for this cartoon from a Holman Jenkins column in the WSJ.

His assessment of  Trump’s comments was, “unwise, spoken by somebody with a thin grasp of his circumstances.” But he went on to say, “Trump, clumsily, was actually keeping up a longstanding U.S. policy of covering up for Mr. Putin.” Then Jenkins detailed the Ryazan bombing plot by Putin security thugs to frame Chechen terrorists. It rarely gets mentioned by American officials. Jenkins thinks that’s because everybody wants to make a deal with Putin.

He concludes, “Read a certain way, Mr. Trump’s comments make him the first U.S. president to address Mr. Putin’s real nature.”

BTW: Not climbing on the assassination chic bandwagon or anything here with the title. Just having a little fun with a commentator’s line of books.

 

Betsy Devos Decimates Public School Singlehandedly

Betsy DeVos

Senator Chuck Schumer says Betsy Devos would “single handedly decimate public schools.” Made me think of the Obama line , “You didn’t build that…. somebody else made that happen.”

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Fired

sally yatesApparently Sally Yates is just another protester resisting the Trump presidency. Except that she’s the Acting Attorney General. Or was. President Trump fired her when she refused to carry out his immigration law revisions.

Sally Yates Profile

Senator  Chuck Schumer immediately tried to compare the firing to Nixon’s Saturday night massacre. The wily crying senator even worked in a Kennedy allusion, calling Yates “a profile in courage”.  Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz was having none of it. He said, “Yates was an Obama holdover who made a serious mistake by making a political decision rather than a legal one.”

Carl M. Cannon in Real Clear Politics says Yates is more a “profile in partisanship.” He says that Yates “shouldn’t still be in that job at the Department of Justice. Jeff Sessions should be, and Chuck Schumer is the reason he’s not.”

Great Wall of Chihuahua

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I’m not sure why President Trump seems determined to make Mexico pay for the great wall on the border. We don’t expect Mexico pay for our duck penis studies. So shy should Mexico pay for our walls?

Maybe Trump enjoys insulting President Enrique Peña Nieto. He invited the Mexican president for a visit, but then told him not to come if he’s not going to pay for the wall. So he’s not coming.

Great Wall of Honor

Jonah Goldberg in National Review says this is a serious blow to Mexico’s honor. And wars are fought over honor. Peña Nieto is probably back in Mexico City right now sharpening his saber.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump just hung Andre Jackson’s portrait in the Oval Office. In 1806 Charles Dickinson accused Jackson of welching on a horse bet. Not only that, he called Jackson’s wife Rachel a bigamist.

So Old Hickory killed him in a duel.

We may be onto something here.

 

 

 

Trump’s Brief Inaugural Speech

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Two things I liked about Trump’s inaugural speech. He only used the word “I” three times. And it was short – 16 minutes.

John Kass in the Chicago Tribune wrote, “This wasn’t a smooth-talking politician inviting us to climb aboard his fancy word ship for a voyage beyond the stars. He did not call upon the angels. Instead, he spoke in dark tones to the forgotten man.”

It was that beginning that was astonishing, his declaration of war on the establishment, especially as they all sat there with him, with former Presidents Carter and Bush and Clinton and Obama looking on, outgoing first lady Michelle Obama frowning, Hillary Clinton icy and distant.

Bush bobbed his head and smiled as if in pain. Bill Clinton’s eyes were two frozen blue grapes, locked in a thousand-yard stare. But what he was looking at inside his own head, I wouldn’t ever want to know.

Inaugural Speech

Kass, among others, called the speech Jacksonian. But large parts of it could have been given by Bernie Sanders, “Why go to war when we can use that money building freeways at home?”

As they stood together on the capitol steps, I was struck by Barack Obama’s elegance. Maybe it was the crease in his pants, but it stood in contrast to Trump’s, um, Trumpian appearance.

BBC (click image for link)

But Obama was no match for Melania.

Should be an interesting four years.