1. “You’re a coward for not letting me abuse you…” Politico has a useful review of how the White House Correspondents Dinner got to where it was last night…a largely and appropriately irrelevant event brought low by its organizers hubris, conflicts of interest and arrogance. Blaming President Trump for the dinner’s fall, as Politico, Brian Stelter and others have had the gall to do, is ludicrous. Nobody with a shred of common sense would subject themselves to the kind of mean-spirited and personal attack Trump was guaranteed to receive from whichever leftist comic character assassin the WHCD hired to eviscerate the President and his family. Indeed, the President had an obligation to protect his office from having its occupant denigrated in public.
Here is an example of the kind of respect and witty repartee the President, his staff and family could have expected from the night’s entertainment—this is Sandra Bee last night, in her alternative to the dinner, presented on TBS…
“There are so many things you could say about the president: that he’s vicious, vindictive, stupid, unattractive, unloved, and will die alone, but what can we say that Melania hasn’t already said?” cracked Bee. “So tonight, I really want to focus on what a fucking coward he is. Imagine being the most powerful man in the world and you can’t listen to a comedian razz you for five minutes? Barack Obama did it, George W. Bush did it…”
I have to stop here. Bee is lying: neither Obama nor Bush were ever insulted personally in the manner that Michelle Wolf attacked Trump’s staff last year, and would have surely attacked him. When Stephen Colbert was deemed by objective observers to have breached the alleged spirit of the dinner–professional good will and respect—with his partisan attack on George W. Bush in 2006, his much criticized routine was nowhere near what President Trump would have faced. Obama–that’s hilarious. Obama was surrounded by sycophants and worshipers at the dinner; no joke at his expense in eight years was anything worse than gentle needling. More Bee…
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ looks are the best thing about her. She has shiny hair, pretty eyes, and a lovely complexion. But on the inside? Hideous as a pinworm in an anus. On the inside? That woman is 90 percent taint, and I mean that medically.”
As a leader and a supervisor, I would never return to any event that denigrated a member of my staff the way Wolf attacked Sanders last year, and Bee’s “jokes” last night are not sufficiently far from what the President could have expected had he chosen to attend the dinner. Yes, this year the correspondents, either hoping to lure the President back or in hope of starting a clean slate that might cause him to attend next year, had a historian rather than a comic as the main act. the tactic wouldn’t get me to attend, if I were Trump. Historians have been among the most unprofessional critics of the President, and I wouldn’t trust anyone connected with the dinner not to try to embarrass the office.
2. Facebook Wars. A lawyer Facebook friend declared the President “a moron” because he said over the weekend that Robert E. Lee was “a great general whether you like it or not.”
Except for some contrarians who dispute some of Lee’s battle field strategies, the historical and military consensus is that Lee was “a great general whether you like it or not.” I pointed out that who Lee fought for and his attitude toward slavery couldn’t and didn’t make him less of a general. My friend replied that he regard’s praise for Lee as an endorsement of white supremacy. I pointed out that virtually every single white man and woman in Lee’s time, including Lincoln, was a white supremacist.
With all the objectively moronic things the President has said, to attack this historically correct statement shows how in the eyes of “the resistance” and progressives, if Trump does it or says it, it must be wrong.
Another example of this phenomenon was the Facebook-wide mockery of Trump’s various statements, comparing himself to Joe Biden, that he, the President, felt young and vital. Compared to Biden, Trump seems like Pete Buttigieg. His energy level is always high, at least on camera….his energy is one reason he stood out in the 2016 debates, while sleepy competition like Carson and Jeb Bush were overwhelmed. On “The View” last week, Biden looked stiff, grayed out, enervated and shockingly old, notably less vital than just four years ago.
His enemies’ denial is Trump’s friend.
3. I’m glad my father didn’t live to see this. From NPR:
The Boy Scouts of America’s own records show that more than 12,000 children have been sexually assaulted while participating in the organization’s programs. The documents came to light through court testimony given by a researcher whom the Scouts had hired to do an internal review. The records reveal allegations against thousands of Scout leaders — allegations that date from the 1940s.
With such a huge number of victims, the organization could be facing multiple lawsuits and, as a result, bankruptcy.
As I have mentioned here before, my father regarded the Boy Scouts as having saved his life. Without the intervention of World War II, he may have chosen a career in scouting, so dedicated was my dad to the program. Yet this news is no surprise, nor should the problem have been a surprise to the organization’s leadership. Of course child predators would see the Boy Scouts as a hunting field, and it was the obligation of the organization’s leadership to take effective measures to protect the boys. It didn’t. Instead, it covered the abuse up, following the example of the Catholic Church.