Yup. That’s right. In less than a week, the boring ritual of daily presidential briefings will be a thing of the past. Press secretary as obsolete as main stream media seats commanding the front row. If America wants to know what the President Trump is up to and thinks on any given day, wake up with the chirping birds and check out his very own latest tweets. If you want it’ll be okay to check out what his staff will say he really meant. But. Really. Twitter will be the virtual White House communications director. #WTF #UnPrecedential
Joe Biden walked into a White House room filled with his family and friends. President Obama succeeded in surprising his bro Joe with a tribute capped off with giving him the highest honor a civilian can get. It wasn’t just the Medal of Freedom. It was the Medal of Freedom with Distinction. Which like maybe four people have ever received.
Meanwhile we geezers walked sixty blocks. Round trip to Broadway. To see The Present. An early Chekhov adaptation. Script needed a bit of work. Ben Brantley’s NYT review nailed it. But. Worth the shlep and the price to see the incredible talent of Cate Blanchett. Her range from subtlety to sexy to angry to crazy knocked us out of our sore socks.
Rare unexpected gift. Besides being able to perambulate from home to the theater. Seats in front of ours center row E empty!! Oh. And sixty degrees in January.
CNN’s Jake Tapper & Co. have staked out their opposition to Trump. Chirons consistently point out their claims that what Trump says is a lie. They make snarky remarks about the President-elect after their so-called reporting. Breach of journalistic professionalism and ethics. Their zealous overreach makes their case more difficult to litigate. That Trump is indeed a charlatan autocrat. Why would anyone then take them seriously after they eagerly salivated over a salacious story that turned out to be a big dud. Sorry guys. You are feeding into Trump & Co.’s narrative that the press is dishonest, insularly elite, and politically motivated.
Hysterical hyperbole dumbs down what may be a real future bombshell.
President Barack Obama. A lovely man of honor and integrity. A mensch. A role model for young people everywhere. Global peacemaker. Gifted orator. Honest leader. Invested father. Courteous gentleman. Funny, too. As you say farewell tonight, know that we will miss you.
Hope you continue your work with “My Brother’s Keeper Foundation.” Hope you will take any calls from President Trump. He’ll need your counsel. Hope you’ll weigh in on important global and domestic issues in your spirited yet fair way. Hope you’ll succeed in redistricting efforts. Hope you’ll retain your audacity of hope.
Golden Globes?! A milky way of films. LaLa indeed. Television planets shine brighter. Like. Amazing. If you are black, gay or a depressed stranger thing in westworld by-the-sea of crowny thrones. Lithgow jettisoned. Meryl Streepy. Creepy. Reality will trump galactic fiction anyway. Next year launch anything with Fallon & Timberlake together. Or. Carell and Wiig. Star Wars.
NFL orbit’s elliptical too. Centrifugal forces braked by injuries. Giants out. McAdon’t. Superbowl. Pats v. Cowboys? Collision course.
Armed Services Committee grilling of Intelligence leaders in the Senate hearing today. Beyond the usual partisan digs and agenda on both sides, the take away is that our cybersecurity readiness is sorely lacking. When asked about deterrents and strategies, it seemed that this was a “new” issue only just being considered. What? Russia. China. North Korea. Are they hearing this? Or. Do they already know how behind the curve our intelligence community seems to be. This is a nuclear revelation with ramifications scarier than bombs.
Shallow Democrat bench. With the old guard led by Pelosi and Schumer blocking upward mobility, there are few stars waiting on deck. Tim Ryan tried to make room for the younger set in the House. To no avail. If Elizabeth Warren is the next best hope, how do you spell doomed? Progressive yes. Too left. Old. And annoying as all hell. No way she can win the general.
You want the first woman President. You want her to be a Democrat. Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota is the best bet. Young. Smart. Appealing. Get her on Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees and let the grooming begin.