Happy Ex-Presidents Day

Feb. 21 Update: This thread was such a fun read I don’t want to let it go. At VA with Dad all day for follow up on his recent pneumonia hospital stay. Could use some thread posting help this week.

Let’s just pretend we have no president this day and celebrate our favorites in history.

Three of my favs (no particular order):

Grover Cleveland
Took on the railroad barons and political patronage for government jobs (even by his own party) — and when asked by campaign aides what to do about stories of his illegitimate child, simply said, “Tell the truth.”

Harry Truman
If for nothing else, for firing the megalomaniac Douglas MacArthur despite his widespread popularity, famously telling Time magazine, “I fired him because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the President. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that’s not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.”

Theodore Roosevelt
Not only did he bust the trusts, he had his Justice Department chase John Rockefeller all over the country to deliver the subpoena he was trying to elude. He was eventually brought to justice and his monopoly was disassembled.

Putin’s Buyer’s Remorse

What’s a puppet master to do when the strings get tangled?

Watching Trump’s twists and turns in all directions, Putin has to wonder why he bothered to meddle in our election. At least there’s no Hillary in his face, but the loose cannon he got instead doesn’t seem to have a clue or inclination on how to do what Putin hoped: steer the U.S. away from it’s traditional western alliances in favor of a world order that benefits Russia.

In his appointments of anti-Russian military leaders to the Cabinet, backpedaling on questioning U.S. commitments to NATO and the abrupt firing of his Russia-friendly NSC advisor, Trump hardly seems the dish Putin thought he had ordered.

Trump Befuddles Media Again

Donald Trump’s media mauling yesterday sounded more like his tweets than a presidential press conference. His rambling word salads stitched between made-up stats and relentless boasting kept reporters off guard, as if they were trying to swim through sawdust.

The President likely thrilled supporters who hate the media. And most who don’t are still not inclined to defend them. Which makes it so easy for Trump to dominate these sessions.

Even when confronted with an error he made moments earlier — that his Electoral College victory was the greatest since Reagan’s (Obama and W. Bush did better) he nonchalantly shoved it aside as “those were the numbers that were given to me.”

Somebody’s getting fired, unless he was the one who gave the numbers to himself.

Jews Fear Not, Trump Won Electoral College

A reporter asks Trump about fears of rising anti-Semitism and racism — even within his Administration — and he responds with yet another boast about his election victory.

“Well, I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had. 306 Electoral College votes. We were not supposed to crack 220, you know that, right? There was no way to 221. But then they said there’s no way to 270.”

He went on to note that his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish, and vowed to do “everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other that’s going on.”