The Kid Mowing The White House Lawn

Sure it’s a political stunt, but it’s a nice stunt. In the long tradition of Presidents responding to letters and news stories involving children, this is one of the better ones. It is certainly better than the last example, President Obama making a hero out of “Clock Boy,” a kid who was seemingly being used as a propaganda tool by his Muslim activist father.

Frank Giaccio, of Falls Church, Virginia., had written to Trump earlier this year, saying it would be his “honor” to “mow the White House lawn some weekend for you.”  In the letter that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the letter at a press briefing last month, Giaccio wrote that he would cut the grass “at no charge.”

Any President with two brain cells to rub together would take up an offer like that and have photographers ready when the kid came to work. Sure enough, a throng was on hand as Frank was seen mowing in the Rose Garden after the White House invited him to spend the morning alongside the groundskeeper at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Diligent to a fault, he initially wouldn’t even stop mowing when the President spoke to him. Finally, he paused long enough to shake President trump’s hand.

Lessons? The President was humanized: he didn’t try to eat him.  The episode shows that America’s youth are still industrious and ready to work. It shows that patriotism lives. It shows that the rising generation is full of normal kids that love America, at least until they have been indoctrinated otherwise by high school and college teachers, and popular culture. Who could possibly object to this heart-warming scene?

Oh, lots of people. After all, this is Donald Trump: he’s special.  It isn’t that he doesn’t do and say an amazing number of things that deserve criticism: he does. But the rule of the  resistance et al., including many journalists, is that if Trump does it, it is per se wrong, even if it would be fine if anyone else did it.  There are journalists working 24-7 to find something wrong with anything this President does…even giving a little boy a chance to serve his country.

Former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse won a pool or prize or something: he came up with a way to attack the White House for this. Greenhouse, a veteran reporter of the Times for 31 years—huh…the Times! Who would have thought?— tweeted,

“Not sending a great signal on child labor, minimum wage & occupational safety >> Trump White House lets a 10-year-old volunteer mow its lawn.”  

After almost everyone with a keyboard and a conscience  jumped on him for this, he doubled down, tweeting,

“What this kid wants to do is noble, but sorry, I’m mindful of problems–I’ve written lots about child labor & kids being hurt by machinery.”

Moron. The kid has a lawn-mowing business. He was supervised. It was a single job. Wrote conservative Never Trumper Bill Kristol, correctly:

“The sanctimonious and humorless finger-wagging of nanny state progressivism in one tweet.”


I’m cross filing this under “The Anti-Trump Hate Virus,” “Journalist Bias,” “This is why Donald Trump is President,” “Flat Learning Curves,” and “When Ethics Alarms Don’t Ring.”

Now watch as Frank is harassed by his teachers in school, bullied by Dreamers, and begins getting death threats.

26 thoughts on “The Kid Mowing The White House Lawn

  1. That is funny. I saw this last week and immediately joked that someone would bring up Trump supports child labor…. I did not actually think anyone would be so stupid to put pen to paper on that subject…

  2. I saw a lot of social media memes about how the kid left Donald hanging… But most of it was in good nature. I agree, this is the kind of thing that most people should be able to agree on, and I think it says more about the people desperate to somehow turn this into an attack than it does about anyone else.

    Good god though, does no one else mow that lawn? It looks like the kid is taking about half a foot off the top.

    • 1) Kid was probably nervous as all get out, and as kids are wont to do, when given a context of plausible deniability, such as noisy surroundings or activities, will pretend they haven’t noticed or heard the adult.

      2) Depends very much on the grass species. Bermuda grass can be abused and still come back and love you. St Augustine is a bit more finicky. Fescues and zoysias can be allowed to grow relatively tall before trimming. Climate and season makes a difference too for tolerable growth lengths.

      • …not to mention that they knew the kid was coming, so they could have just laid off doing the regular mowing for a while so that the mowing that HE does is actually visible.

        What would have been the point of having the kid mow an obviously already-mowed lawn?


  3. Jack wrote, “I’m cross filing this under “The Anti-Trump Hate Virus,” “Journalist Bias,” “This is why Donald Trump is President,” “Flat Learning Curves,” and “When Ethics Alarms Don’t Ring.””

    You’re list is short one file folder…

    Political Attack Dog suffering from TPSD. 🙂

    This was one of those warm and fuzzy Presidential moments that all Presidents should be praised for not attacked for. Steven Greenhouse is a partisan hack.

      • It seems like lately the inability to distinguish between “I find that offensive” and “you should be stopped from doing that by the government and/or by violence” is a problem of the left. Don’t hang that on the “white dudes” (by which, I suppose, you mean conservative/libertarian white dudes. Caucasian men who support progressive causes aren’t white dudes, because white dudes are bad).

      • You seem to miss a simple difference between the top and bottom, v. People may be annoyed by the stuff across the top and Kaepernick may even be suffering consequences from his demonstration, but no one’s saying anyone across the top can’t do what they’re doing. The guys on the bottom are pretty annoying (but also pretty pathetic- they look like extras from “Animal House,” which is no way to go through life) and they are being physically attacked for their speech.

        Is that so hard to understand?

        And what does this have to do with Jack’s post?

        • It’s a difference that carries a cost. It’s a recurring theme here that Jack resents having to defend people he dislikes against unfair attacks. I’d love to be able to rip into the torch-wielding proud boys like the regressive dicks they are, but it’s more important that they and their ilk not be beaten with bike locks or denied Constitutional rights. It’s a rhetorical trap- ignore the abuses, or protest the abuses and be tarred as pro-Nazi.

      • That’s the dumbest meme I’ve seen in a week. No one complains that those thing are offensive…we just make fun of them because they’re stupid. Except for the Starbucks cups, which no one cared about at all. The whole “people are offended by Starbucks cups” narrative was textbook fake news.

        • I’ll post the occasional political meme out of the dozens I find amusing. But intentionally scrutinize to make sure, though funny, the memes that are based on abjectly illogical arguments or dishonest premises or unfair projections don’t make it to posting.

          Memes are inherently illogical, though some come closer than others.

          This particular meme is worthy only of ridicule, scorn, mockery and disdain.

  4. Hopefully it won’t be that bad. His teachers if liberals would be advised to keep their mouths shut. I bet he will be bombarded with a million questions by the other kids in school and a wise teacher would make this a great show and tell opportunity.

  5. Even realizing that having a kid mow your lawn puts you into a possible lawsuit situation should something weird happen, I’d still let the kid go simply because of all you pointed out being the greater good to society. Sometimes, you gotta let people do good.

  6. Somehow you managed to turn this heartwarming episode into an opportunity to bash public school teachers not once, but twice, Jack. Wow. Reminds me of, I don’t know, the way the Times treats Donald Trump? Seems like you never pass on that opportunity, and it certainly didn’t need to be done here. I’m disappointed, but I guess not surprised.

    • Hmmm…I thought I only did it once.

      The bias and lack of professionalism of public school teachers is a serious problem that the profession denied. Northern Virginia is pretty much Ground Zero….I have some personal experience with that. Until the unions, the schools, administrators and parents get serious about the problem and 1) admit it and 2) act responsibly, it is my duty to keep reminding as many people as I can that the problem exists. I’m glad I followed through, and thanks for noticing.

  7. Now watch as Frank is harassed by his teachers in school, bullied by Dreamers, and begins getting death threats.

    God, I’m holding out a tiny bit of hope that doesn’t happen. Probably futile, but I can’t imagine a teacher harassing a kid like that over mowing the President’s lawn. I remember a time that, even when we disagreed with the President in question, we treated it as an honor because of what the office, not the person in it, represented.

    Whatever happened to that?

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