Thumbs Up Monday


The weekend away in Paris should not have been hard. For most politicians, events like the armistice commemoration represent an opportunity to project themselves as greater than the sum of their soundbites, above the political fray, sombre yet at their ease among world leaders as they look out across the century gone by. There are lofty prepared remarks and no questions.

For Donald Trump, that was a bridge too far. The trip to France got off to a bad start and kept getting worse. He landed with a tweet, directed against his host, Emmanuel Macron, and based on a mangling in the US press of something the French president had said, to make it sound like he wanted a European army to fend off the US, as well as China and Russia.

It was not what Macron said, but Trump fulminated anyway. “Very insulting,” he declared.

In a way, the US president had come to France by mistake. He had announced the trip in August after he declared that Washington’s municipal leaders wanted to over-charge for the military parade he had demanded.

He would go to the big parade in Paris, where he had been inspired by the display of military pageantry on 14 July festivities last year. But the French do parades for Bastille Day, not Armistice Day. This time there were no tanks and no marching bands.

After a few hours in a Paris hotel, the White House called off Trump’s attendance at the first memorial event of the weekend, at Belleau, where 2,000 US marines were killed. The ostensible reason for the sudden cancellation: rain.


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15 Responses to Thumbs Up Monday

  1. °¿º Carol says:

    Trump will NEVER behave normally. I loved how at dinner he was supposed to sit next to Putin, but the organizers rearranged the seating to put them across the table from each other, effectively making it impossible for the two lovers to whisper to each other. Every little needle someone can deliver to President Madman is VERY welcome.


  2. °¿º Carol says:

    The count goes on, but it’s next to impossible that Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum will arise as the winners. One thing we know well, and it has just been reaffirmed: our voting system(s) in this country SUCK! Multiple boxes full of ballots to be counted won’t be counted because they didn’t arrive at their destination by election day. Did you see the picture of the stacks of them in a post office? THAT has to be fixed. In those boxes are votes! There is no way to force people to mail them early enough, so we need another way to count their votes. Otherwise, thousands of people’s votes will NOT be counted…ever.


    • Den says:

      Why the PO has boxes of ballots and still had not delivered them should be a sign there is something(one) holding up those ballots that are enough to fill that many boxes sheesh!
      nor rain nor sleet nor political interference…


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Fritzed away another nice day. Central Malibu appears to be unchanged. Standard 15 minutes to the standard place.


  4. °¿º Carol says:

    Martha McSally has conceded. We now have a Democratic senator from Arizona. Trump probably REALLY hates Jeff Flake now for quitting.

    I wonder if Trump is going to say there was fraud in Arizona. He and Rick Scott yell fraud when the votes aren’t going their way.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Den will want to know about the UAP seen by two airline pilots early this morning over the Irish Sea; BBC News. Maybe an effect of the solar wind?


  6. David B. Benson says:

    “President Bone Spur”


  7. Den says:

    Bone Head Daddy War Bucks


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