Monday, March 14, 2016
OBAMA AND TRUMP
It is a sad state of affairs when he appears that our sitting President is responsible for the Trump phenomena which perhaps could result in a President whose political progress is too reminiscent to that of Hitler and his “Brown Shirts”.
According to a first page article in this Sunday’s New York Times which I quote in part: “Donald J. Trump arrived at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in April 2011, reveling in the moment as he mingled with the political luminaries who gathered at the Washington Hilton. He made his way to his seat beside his host, Lally Weymouth, the journalist and socialite daughter of Katharine Graham, longtime publisher of The Washington Post.
A short while later, the humiliation started.The annual dinner features a lighthearted speech from the president; that year, President Obama chose Mr. Trump, then flirting with his own presidential bid, as a punch line.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TwRmX6zs4&feature=youtu.be&t=2m51s)
He lampooned Mr. Trump’s gaudy taste in décor. He ridiculed his fixation on false rumors that the president had been born in Kenya. He belittled his reality show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Mr. Trump at first offered a drawn smile, then a game wave of the hand. But as the president’s mocking of him continued and people at other tables craned their necks to gauge his reaction, Mr. Trump hunched forward with a frozen grimace”.
------“That evening of public abasement, rather than sending Mr. Trump away, accelerated his ferocious efforts to gain stature within the political world. And it captured the degree to which Mr. Trump’s campaign is driven by a deep yearning sometimes obscured by his bluster and bragging: a desire to be taken seriously.
That desire has played out over the last several years within a Republican Party that placated and indulged him, and accepted his money and support, seemingly not grasping how fervently determined he was to become a major force in American politics. In the process, the party bestowed upon Mr. Trump the kind of legitimacy that he craved, which has helped him pursue a credible bid for the presidency.”
We must hope that somewheres between now and convention time some thing happens to the selection of delegates so that this menace can be shunted aside.
To rely on Hillary being elected ignores the facts that her record is so tainted that there is a possibility remote as it may be, that she may find herself in serious legal difficulties. Certainly she is not the stalwart person that we would wish to be President. Sanders would be an equally bad choice who has no concept of economics and world diplomacy.