I’m embarrassed…. vicariously.
Have you ever see someone with toilet paper trailing from their shoe, or their “fly” open, and you get embarrassed for them? Well, the whole COUNTRY is pretty much feeling that way after the antics of our pre-pubescent “boy-King”.
The role of our president has been akin to taking a fine dining establishment that serves multi-course meals served on linen with fine china, and then turning it into a “Golden Corral”. Yeah, it’s kinda like that. Oh yeah, throw in some stretch-pants-clad bums with “hail damage” too, while you’re at it.
The days are long gone when presidents honored the solemnity of their responsibilities as chief executive with decorum. The U.K. Daily Mail takes the optimistic spin that this stunt backfired because only 84,000 people watched the live stream at its peak. I hope so. But I am reminded of H.L. Menken’s dictum that “nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public,” written at a time when schools were able to impart literacy and numeracy to close to 100% of their graduates.
I am trying to regain my customary optimism about the possibilities of politics, but find myself this morning in the depths of depression over the fate of the Republic as ignorance and superficiality have been so honored by a president.