Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

Farewell, Mr. President (and you'll always be Mr. President). But not good-bye. We will always have you as an inspirational American.



Shaw Kenawe said...

Michael Tomasky:

We survived the crooks and liars and incompetents and alcoholics. I think we’ll survive Trump too. But it will require people on the left and the right to guard our institutions, and to say to him no, you just can’t do that. I was struck Thursday by words written by Eliot A. Cohen, a conservative, writing in The American Interest: “nothing will teach him gravitas, magnanimity, or wisdom.”

No, nothing will. But I still hold out the hope that we the people can punish him for his lack of those qualities, his lack of any belief system. He didn’t win a majority of our votes. He doesn’t today have a majority of our support. And time will show that gravitas, magnanimity, and wisdom, especially wisdom, still matter.

Shaw Kenawe said...

David Brooks

"The real fear should be that Trump is Captain Chaos, the ignorant dauphin of disorder. All the standard practices, norms, ways of speaking and interacting will be degraded and shredded. The political system and the economy will grind to a battered crawl.

That’s ultimately why this could be a pivotal day. For the past few decades our leadership class has been polarized. We’ve wondered if there is some opponent out there that could force us to unite and work together. Well, that opponent is being inaugurated, not in the form of Trump the man, but in the form of the chaos and incompetence that will likely radiate from him, month after month. For America to thrive, people across government will have to cooperate and build arrangements to quarantine and work around the president.

People in the defense, diplomatic and intelligence communities will have to build systems to prevent him from intentionally or unintentionally bumbling into a global crisis. People in his administration and in Congress will have to create systems so his ill-informed verbal spasms don’t derail coherent legislation."

Shaw Kenawe said...

Trump Wanted North Korea-Style Parade

(HuffPo) During the preparation for Friday’s transfer-of-power, a member of Trump’s transition team floated the idea of including tanks and missile launchers in the inaugural parade, a source involved in inaugural planning told The Huffington Post. “They were legit thinking Red Square/North Korea-style parade,” the source said, referring to massive military parades in Moscow and Pyongyang, typically seen as an aggressive display of muscle-flexing.

Rational Nation USA said...

I've seen managers in business marginalized and isolated by the organization they manage because of their incopentence. Usually a subordinate 2'nd in command steps up and becomes the unofficial leader. Mike Pence is possibly that person. Same misguided philosophy but certainly more competent. Trump will make a great bumbling figurehead.

Kevin Robbins said...

Shaw, thanks for posting that. Hadn't seen it and I'm typing through a few tears.

Ducky's here said...

"The real fear should be that Trump is Captain Chaos, the ignorant dauphin of disorder..."

My, my, David Brooks is hedging his bets already but as much as "ignorant dauphin of disorder" is catchy, it kind of gives this poltroon a gravitas he doesn't deserve.

I'll sticky with President Happy Hands.