I am both puzzled and aghast, if not necessarily surprised.
From the moment candidate Trump pledged that his theoretical administration would employ “the best people,” he has periodically shown that he or his subordinates mistake “the best people” with “mouth-breathing idiots, fools, and irredeemable slime-balls” with disturbing regularity. There was Omarosa. There was Anthony Scaramucci. There was Steve Bannon, and pathetic Reince Priebus. There was, of course, Michael Flynn, and is Scott Pruitt. And that is before we even start thinking about Michael Cohen.
I really don’t understand this. For all his flaws…and as Lorenz Hart said in “Pal Joey”…
…one would assume that a successful businessman whose hit reality show was about hiring “the best people” would have some acumen in at least not hiring the worst people. And yet we still get examples like this….
Responding to criticism of the idiotic comments of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Rick Grenell—yes, he’s another example—to Breitbart News (the best people don’t speak with Brietbart News) that he wants to empower some dubious far-right groups in Europe, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who is currently Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, (as you will see, this is Kaboom!–worthy itself) said during a briefing today, and she really said this, I swear, I wouldn’t make this up…
“We have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany. Looking back in the history books, today is the 71st anniversary of the speech that announced the Marshall Plan. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the D-Day invasion. We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany. And we have a strong relationship with the government of Germany.”
Fire her. Fire her now. I don’t care what she meant to say; I’m even willing to give her the benefit of the doubt that she didn’t intend to say something quite this moronic. It doesn’t matter. If you are so stupid and ignorant that you think mentioning D-Day in the same paragraph with “We obviously have a very long history with the government of Germany” is anything but justification for a metaphorical summary execution, you don’t belong in the job of Under Secretary of Anything. You don’t have any business being a spokesperson. You are unqualified to speak in public without a ventriloquist, and lack the intellect to be a trustworthy NFL cheerleader.
I hope I make myself clear.
How did Nauert rise so far above her abilities that we should rename the Peter Principle the Heather Principle? Well, not to deal in stereotypes, but look at the woman. Before joining the State Department, she was another cookie-cutter Fox Blonde, decorating the Fox News sets, reading news, and periodically mouthing platitudes. Here’s the bulk of her Wikipedia entry regarding her career progress:
In 1996, Nauert was a reporter for the syndicated weekly business program, First Business. She worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005, first as a contributor for three years then as a correspondent for four years. During her time as a correspondent she regularly contributed to The Big Story. From 2005 to 2007, Nauert held positions at a number of different news organizations, including ABC News as a general assignment correspondent, where she contributed to World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline. While there, she received an Emmy nomination for her work on the special series, 13 Around the World. Nauert has done newscasts Good Day Early Call and Good Day New York Wake Up with co-anchor Steve Lacy weekday mornings, for Fox owned-and-operated station WNYW in New York City. In October 2012, Nauert left Good Day Wake Up. In 2007, Nauert returned to Fox News as co-host with John Gibson of the weekday edition of “The Big Story.”
Oh—it also says that she was a “a government affairs consultant on issues including health insurance, Social Security and taxes.” Take it from me, that’s resume -filler. What was she doing professionally between 2007 and 2017, besides smiling, showing cleavage, and fielding sexist jokes while sitting between the two creepy guys on “Fox and Friends”? She wasn’t taking extension courses in history, that’s for sure.
Has she studied foreign affairs, diplomacy, or served in the foreign service? No, but she did stay at a Holiday Inn last night! She also attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and got her BA in communications from Mount Vernon College for Women. She did receive her master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and I’m certain this is why the men in charge of hiring news readers at ABC and Fox were drawn to her, er, credentials. She also, we were told was seen on multiple occasions entering Trump Tower during the transition period.
This kind of thing is unsettling, embarrassing, undermines trust in the administration and the President’s competence, and is utterly, completely, wildly inexcusable.
Pointer: Ron Sarro.