Comedian in Chief

Who knew he could write comedy.
Thanks to Sarah Cooper for discovering the new White House talent.

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  1. brian wms & nicole w raved about her so much yesterday i had to see what the raving was about.  this from hollywood reporter:

    Comedian Sarah Cooper says her TikTok videos have allowed her to get inside the president’s head.
    The writer and actress, famous for her short videos where she lip-syncs to excerpts of Donald Trump’s speeches, interviews and press briefings, has learned what the man in charge enjoys or hates talking about.   
    “Any time he had to talk about grief, or loss of life, he stumbled. He’s not comfortable with empathy,” the TikTok star said in an interview with Vanity Fair. “He’s not comfortable with grief. He’s not comfortable with anything that makes him feel bad or look bad.”
    The New York resident, who has amassed 1.9 million Twitter followers including Jerry Seinfeld, Henry Winkler, Trevor Noah, Ava DuVernay and more, told the outlet that her viewers include a mix of people. There are people who aren’t the 45th president’s biggest fans, but then there are also those who fervidly support the reality TV-star turned president of the United States, possibly including Trump himself, Cooper suspects. 
    While it seems the comedian mocks almost all of the president’s speeches and interview, from his claims of acing a cognitive test to his priorities for a second term, she revealed that she holds back on others. Cooper said she draws the line at the president’s harsh words, noting that she would never lip-sync or parody comments that to her seem “just evil.” 
    He messed up several words at a Memorial Day speech and people were like, ‘You should do that!’ But no. It’s still a sacred day,” she told Vanity Fair
    Cooper said while quarantine boredom and lip-syncs shot her up to TikTok fame, she’s ultimately looking forward to creating her own material. She told the magazine that she’s working on a show about “an overly confident boss who ‘fucks up all over the place and still somehow fails up.'”

  2. not so funny though is what Rump’ll do next.  here’s friedman’s take on that in NYTimes:

    Trump’s Wag-the-Dog War

    Some presidents, when they get into trouble before an election, try to “wag the dog” by starting a war abroad. Donald Trump seems ready to wag the dog by starting a war at home. Be afraid — he just might get his wish.
    How did we get here? Well, when historians summarize the Trump team’s approach to dealing with the coronavirus, it will take only a few paragraphs:
    […]
    “So, in a desperate effort to salvage his campaign, Trump turned to the Middle East Dictator’s Official Handbook and found just what he was looking for, the chapter titled, ‘What to Do When Your People Turn Against You?’
    “Answer: Turn them against each other and then present yourself as the only source of law and order.”
    […]
    Listen to how Trump put it: “I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you. Because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these — Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country.”
    These cities, Trump stressed, are “all run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by radical left. If Biden got in, that would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we’re not going to let it go to hell.”
    This is coming so straight from the Middle East Dictator’s Handbook, it’s chilling. In Syria, al-Assad used plainclothes, pro-regime thugs, known as the shabiha (“the apparitions”) to make protesters disappear. In Portland, Ore., we saw militarized federal forces wearing battle fatigues, but no identifiable markings, arresting people and putting them into unmarked vans. How can this happen in America?
    Authoritarian populists — whether Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, Vladimir Putin in Russia, Viktor Orban in Hungary, Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland, or al-Assad — “win by dividing the people and presenting themselves as the savior of the good and ordinary citizens against the undeserving agents of subversion and ‘cultural pollution,’” explained Stanford’s Larry Diamond, author of “Ill Winds: Saving Democracy From Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency.”

  3. friedman (after a rant on why he thinks protesters are screwing up) concludes:

    Today’s protesters need to trump Trump by taking a page from another foreign leader — a liberal — Ekrem Imamoglu, who managed to win the 2019 election to become the mayor of Istanbul, despite the illiberal Erdogan using every dirty trick possible to steal the election. Imamoglu’s campaign strategy was called “radical love.”
    Radical love meant reaching out to the more traditional and religious Erdogan supporters, listening to them, showing them respect and making clear that they were not “the enemy” — that Erdogan was the enemy, because he was the enemy of unity and mutual respect, and there could be no progress without them.
    As a recent essay on Imamoglu’s strategy in The Journal of Democracy noted, he overcame Erdogan with a “message of inclusiveness, an attitude of respect toward [Erdogan] supporters, and a focus on bread-and-butter issues that could unite voters across opposing political camps. On June 23, Imamoglu was again elected mayor of Istanbul, but this time with more than 54 percent of the vote — the largest mandate obtained by an Istanbul mayor since 1984 — against 45 percent for his opponent.”
    Radical love. Wow. I bet that could work in America, too. It’s the perfect answer to Trump’s politics of division — and it’s the one strategy he’ll never imitate.

  4. UPI:

    July 22 (UPI) — A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck off the Alaskan coast, officials said, initiating a tsunami warning that was later canceled.
    The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor struck at 10:12 p.m. local time Tuesday at about 65 miles south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska, at a depth of 17 miles.
    A tsunami warning was issued by the National Weather Service for South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula along the Pacific coast from Kennedy Entrance to Unimak Pass but was later called off.
    “A tsunami was generated by this event, but no longer poses a threat,” the National Weather Service said in an update. “Some areas may continue to see small sea-level changes.”
    The temblor was initially categorized as a 7.4 magnitude but was later upgraded to a magnitude 7.8 temblor.

     
  5. the hill about the above:

    Former President Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden recently took part in a socially distanced conversation to discuss Biden’s presidential bid and the future of the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    Video of the conversation, which will be released in its entirety on Thursday, shows the former president and vice president arriving in masks for a sitdown conversation and talking about how the Trump administration has handled the COVID-19 outbreak.
    “Can you imagine standing up when you were president and saying ‘it’s not my responsibility. I take no responsibility.’ Literally. Literally,” Biden said in a preview of the conversation released by his campaign, taking an apparent dig at President Trump.
    “Those words didn’t come out of our mouths when we were in office,” Obama responded.
    “No. I don’t understand his inability to get a sense of what people are going through,” Biden said. “He can’t relate in any way.”
    “Well, and one of the things I have always known about you Joe, it’s the reason I wanted you to be my vice president, and the reason why you were so effective … it all starts with being able to relate,” Obama said.

    [continues]

  6. The 5pm script reading went well – considering. [laughter] It was a big surprise that he actually showed empathy, or what for him might be empathy, or a threat. [murmur laughter] It was his wishing good will an alleged children sex trafficker that took the West Wing by surprise. [chuckles] Way to go big guy. [roaring laughter]  This premier, or pilot, for season two of the Imbecile Speaks was much shorter than predicted.  Perhaps the next episode will change that. [applause]

  7. I pass many attempts at humor concerning the pres on twitter, but when she came up by scrolling I watched it and then moved along.   But then, as things sometime happen, I went back to it; something had caught my attention.  Watched it a few times and followed her account.  Then I watched her progress as she began to light up the twitter world, hoping that she is a good person and that she’d be able to handle it all well. 
    Job well done, Ms Cooper.

  8. bbronc, that “wish her well” sounded more like a threat coming out of a capo’s mouth.  

  9. LMAO at the Comedian in Chief.  I am actually in awe of her ability to lip sync the unintelligible blatherer.  I thought it was just short of brilliant.  
     
    I am just astounded at the DHS cops and the fact that as Claire McCaskill pointed out on MoJo this morning, the acting chief, who has not been vetted or approved by the Senate, who has no military or law enforcement background, is dressing up DHS police as soldiers and sending them into our cities to go to war with Americans using the subterfuge that there’s a federal building in the area. And there stands Lardius, taking responsibility for this attack on Americans who are mostly peacefully protesting ans supporting the BLM movement. Absolutely, positively unacceptable.

  10. tony, get ready to post your happy emoji – here’s a story you’ll like from boston.com:

    […]
    Warren, a Massachusetts senator and leading progressive, has become an unlikely confidant and adviser to Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. They talk every 10 days or so, according to aides to both politicians who spoke on condition of anonymity to freely describe their relationship. Those forums have provided opportunities for Warren to make a case on top policy issues to Biden, who ran a more centrist primary campaign.
    He adopted Warren-endorsed plans on personal bankruptcy, expanding Social Security benefits and canceling student-loan debt for millions of Americans. She also helped devise important portions of his post-pandemic economic recovery proposals.
    Warren, meanwhile, is lending Biden her progressive credentials and frequently hosts campaign events for him, including one recent fundraiser that brought in $6 million. Only former President Barack Obama secured a greater haul.
    […]
    “She’s interested in problem-solving. She’s more practical than she sometimes seemed during the campaign,” said Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor who briefly ran for president himself. “She fights for the outcome, but because she’s so smart and she’s so creative, she can think of more than one way to get there.”

    [continues]

  11. Protestors need to stay away from federal buildings.  Don’t give tRUMP’s goons anything to say (lie about) they are pushing against.  Wanna be an arsehole and crack some heads?  Join tRUMP’s goon squad. 

  12. jamie, must be some kinda reward (oscar’s best comedy score? emmy? grammy?) we can get for randy for his 2020 body of work.   he’s brilliant!

    craig, yep. she really is as good as what they raved about.

  13. good, another crack in his GOPer wall

    politico:

    Trump was asked about Maxwell’s case at his Tuesday evening news conference and said “I wish her well, whatever it is.”
    The comment quickly sparked outrage on social media and inside the Department of Justice. Roy (R-Texas), among the most conservative members of the GOP, slammed the president’s kid-gloves treatment of a woman charged with grooming young girls into a circle of sexual abuse.
    “This is unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes, @realDonaldTrump,” Roy wrote on Twitter. “She needs to be severely punished… and justice must be served for the girls she abused. For ALL involved.”

  14.  it be nifty if chicago (and any of the other cities targeted by barr’s trumper troopers) could order a curfew or somehow were able to close off all areas near federal buildings.  no crowds, no protesters, no violent behavior and noone to shoot/gas and take photos of.

    trump troops wage a war where nobody is there to fight

  15. patd, it might not be as simple as that, at least in Chicago.

    CHICAGO — Federal agents will be deployed to Chicago for an anti-violence operation that is expected to bolster existing law enforcement efforts but won’t resemble the same heavy-handed tactics seen recently in Portland, Ore., Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a federal prosecutor in Chicago said Tuesday.

    Although details on how many agents will be deployed to the city and when remain unclear, several state and local officials signaled their wariness at federal intervention ordered by President Trump, who frequently disparages Chicago and politicizes its gun violence epidemic.

    Aggressive tactics used by federal agents to arrest protesters in Portland amid civil unrest have only deepened suspicions among Chicagoans that Trump will do whatever he can to project the image of a law-and-order president, even if it pushes the boundaries of civil liberties.

    “We welcome actual partnership, but we do not welcome dictatorship,” Lightfoot (D) said during a news conference Tuesday. “We do not welcome authoritarianism, and we do not welcome the unconstitutional arrests and detainments of our residents, and that is something I will not tolerate.”

    Lightfoot sent Trump a letter on Monday specifying areas where the city would welcome federal support, such as drug enforcement and tracing efforts for illegal firearms. After conferring on Tuesday with John R. Lausch Jr., the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, the mayor said the city could expect agents from various federal agencies — including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — to be “plugged into existing agencies that will help manage and suppress” street violence.

    Yet despite assurances that federal agents would be guided by the Justice Department and work in coordination with Lausch, few of Chicago’s leaders said they felt they could rely on plans crafted by an administration whose signature is unpredictability.

    [Continues]

    Skepticism rightly runs high in Chicago over this,  Goddamn idiot.

  16. chip roy (r-TX) obviously plans to bring his noose to maxwell’s trial, just in case she gets acquitted. 
     
    Pressers should ask trump if he intends to commute her sentence, like he did that other good friend of his.
     

  17. I came up with ‘trump virus’ last January and six months later Nancy gets all the credit.
     
    Pout. 

  18. About the feds, working with big city cops to reduce crime. It started here in Kansas City, Nobody can answer my basic question. Is this more or are we taking the same people and giving them a new snazzy name. Total silence so far.  The Feds and KCMO police have been working together for some time. There was an escalation during the last 2 years of the Obama admin. Feds busted the kid across the street, he was playing gang banger and another  group retaliated and shot up his house multiple times. Poor Lloyd (who lives next door) had car repair twice. But the kid is in jail now from federal gun charges. They probably saved his life. Today the new federal task force announced a new arrest, with all kinds of fanfare. It was the same old shit, like across the street.  This is trump 101, take what is already going on, give it a new name and claim it as yours. Then listen to the idiot protesters screech

  19. Most of our killings in KC involve  a handy gun. with alchohol and/or a domestic disturbance.  There is little that a federal officer can do. 
    Jack

  20. Best example was in todays news. Last week 2 men, each with girlfriends and children in the car. Got into a fight because one decided the other was giving him bad looks. Both were armed one pulls a gun and shoots the other with both families looking on, *sigh*
    How do you stop that? and it isn’t the only one. Many of these people weren’t even criminals before they killed someone. What can the Feds do?
    Jack

  21. I’m not sure how I feel about SFB’s new hair do  It looks like a mini-beehive.
     
    He is the worst 

  22. KGC – I am thinking that old age and stress (and possibly certain medications) are causing significant foliage loss on the orange dome.  SFB is running out of little, and fragile, follicles to stretch out and cover the massive brain covering of the stable genius.  At least we know it is not a massive growth of brain cells.

  23. patd

    Last year Randy Rainbow was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Short Form Variety Series for his show on You Tube.  He also appeared in the Stephen Sondheim 90th celebration. 

    This year naturally, he isn’t touring with his show and his recordings are made out of his home studio so if there are nominations again this year he might get another nomination.  

     

  24. Matt Gaetz appears to run afoul of House ethics rules The Florida Republican spent thousands of dollars on a speechwriting consultant.

    Man, these Republican’s take their cues from Trump. All corruption is excused till a Democrat gets in the White House. This is war. We must decimate them.

  25. Chuck Todd: “on the mask front, the president has turned a corner”
    Chuck Todd just plain sucks. MSNBS do better. Trump hasn’t turned any corner. It was all a photo op. Oh, and the media, “Trump’s tone has changed” they march in lockstep and have failed us. 

  26. jack, you’ll know the difference if the new feds they send are in camo sans name, badge and agency insignia. the newly minted trump troopers are being sent to guard federal buildings and monuments and to make action pictures.  they aren’t there to quell disorder like the ones the locals have been working in concert with. they’re there to provoke it.  

  27. xrep, I said they should say it’s patriotic to wear a mask.  Them Biden said it, and now the orange bucket of dumb rocks said it. That’s how it goes.
     
    I was watching a clip from Portland with the dictator’s jackboot, thugs.  The dictator should be thrown in prison!

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