Ethical Quote Of The Week: Tom Hanks


“This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second. I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his reelection in four years.”

—-Actor Tom Hanks, to the Hollywood Reporter which was covering his remarks while being honored at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Hanks was a critic of Trump during the campaign, and contributed to skewering the President Elect during a recent Saturday Night Live show. His statement is one which every fair, rational, patriotic citizen should be able to endorse.

In the alternative, one can adopt the approach of Progressive Scold in Exile Keith Olbermann, who said on his web show, “The Resistance”:

“Give him a chance? What, in the hope that he will someday grow up enough to be able to see over the top of the Oval Office desk? We do not have time for the White House edition of “Celebrity Apprentice” starring President-Elect Pussy-Grabber. And so we will resist,” he intoned.

It should be an easy choice.

Hanks’ remarks at the museum ceremony are also worth reading. You will see them here.

14 thoughts on “Ethical Quote Of The Week: Tom Hanks

  1. Keith isn’t experiencing any leg thrills yet? How about the crease in Trump’s pants? The seas have resumed rising? Since he’s not the president elect I don’t give him a single benefit of the doubt.

  2. Jack with all this travel have you had time to send your resume to the Trump transition team?

    The office of White House counsel needs an ethics lawyer does it not?

      • Futile?

        Come on, how about giving Trump that chance you say he deserves? Or how about the call to public service? Or the selfish, it’d look great on your resume.

        You’d be able to tell your grandchildren that you were the ethics lawyer for Donald J Trump.

    • VG, I assume you were just as concerned about the Obama administration in 2008. Oh wait, Eric Holder was made AG. I forgot. You know, the guy who rubber stamped the Mark Rich deal, er, pay-off, er pardon (that’s the word I was looking for). No wonder you weren’t concerned.

  3. I am thankful for Hanks’ sanity, and it reaffirms my faith that not everyone on the left has abandoned the country and its traditions.

    Olberman delivered exactly what I would expect. I can’t even trouble myself to condemn it, because anything less would’ve violated every argument he’s ever made, and every demonstration of abject ends-justify-the-means hypocrisy that’s ever infected public discourse from his insensate blather.

    More Hanks, less Olberman, and the world will be a better place.

  4. That’s because Tom Hanks, like most people who have spent a lot of time around veterans and are involved in those type of causes, has at least some sense of honor. You can’t help but have some of their honor rub off on you when you hear their stories. Folks like KO, however, probably have never met a veteran of any war and wouldn’t want to. They spend all their time sipping overpriced champagne and nibbling way overpriced finger food with other nabobs who still think it was the height of witty to call Sarah Palin a cunt.

    This brings me to another thought, one I was actually thinking of writing to the President-elect on, not that he would read my letter. The president is chief executive, commander in chief, and chief diplomat. As chief diplomat he is the “face” of this country at the highest observances. Some very important anniversaries are going to come up on his watch, notably the centennial of the victory in World War One and the 75th anniversary of D-Day. He’s going to have to stand up at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, probably next to kings, queens, premiers and prime ministers, and mark the time the guns fell silent, ending what is for Europe the defining event of the 20th century, where the last tinsel of the Victorian era was blown away, and the pedestals of four crumbling thrones finally came down. He’s also going to have to stand on the beach at Normandy before the last few veterans of that most important of conflicts that defines what the west is and who we are, for what is going to be most likely the final time for them. He needs to ennoble us, not embarrass us, and those speeches need to be speeches for the ages, like Reagan’s speech for D-Day 40. Hopefully he is hiring some great speechwriters and doesn’t think he’s better than them, like Obama.

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