Last Saturday night the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner was held in Washington, D.C. Last Saturday night President Donald Trump held a rally in Washington, Michigan. Aside from the cute play on names this juxtaposition tells us a lot. Let’s explore.
Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama: That was the unbroken string of presidents who had attended the D.C. event since 1980. It wasn’t always comfortable. George W. Bush was famous for liking an early bedtime (in the neighborhood of 9pm). The event kept him up well past that. I remember one particular instance where W. poked fun at himself over the early bedtime routine. Bill Clinton attended while the clouds of impeachment and the Monica Lewinsky affair were overhead. A night at home with Buddy and Hillary certainly would have been less stressful. Still they respected the obligations that went along with the presidency and did their job.
In 2017 Trump broke the string and he repeated himself Saturday night when he appeared in Michigan. That probably stems from the drilling he received from then President Obama and comedian Seth Meyers at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Typical of a bully, Trump can dish it out but he can’t take it.
Now going to Michigan is certainly something a president should do. (Might I suggest on a weekend other than this one instead of going to Mar-a-Lago?) Considering the ongoing crisis in the state I would suggest that it would have been more helpful for the President to have gone to Lansing accompanied by federal marshals to arrest Governor Rick Snyder for his role in the lead poisoning of the people of Flint. Then the second leg would have been to Flint to announce his actions and unload pallets of drinking water from Air Force One for the citizens. I doubt he would have found as welcoming a crowd in Flint as he did in Washington. When you get past the façade of a bully you generally discover the coward within.
Trump is definitely as bad as I portray him to be; in fact probably worse. He personally lacks the honesty of Richard Nixon and the intelligence of George W. Bush. I’d need to be a bit better student of history to make this a declarative statement, but it appears his administration is more corrupt than Ulysses S. Grant’s. I know those are incredibly low bars but Trump still doesn’t clear them.
Judging Trump by the “yardstick” of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner he lacks the fortitude of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; two presidents who I consider utter failures and curses on America. To prove my points I simply offered Trump’s self-incriminations.
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