The President would like this week, and indeed his entire first 100 days no doubt, to be defined by his speech to Congress on Tuesday…
Now whatever you might think of Trump, and if you are reading this site I’m guessing it’s “not much”, here at FPP we believe it to be important to keep track of what he says. Yes, that means listening to ALL of the speech, no matter what kind of pain you may feel in the pit of your stomach throughout.
That said, the difficulty in watching does not stop there. The fawning of the mainstream press afterwards was equally sickening. “He shifted in tone”. “He started to sound presidential.” So he read almost exclusively from the teleprompter for once, BIG DEAL!!!
If a President comes across as a buffoon most of the time, he doesn’t deserve credit for suddenly behaving as he always should have done.
Besides…if he sounds “Presidential” then surely he must have sounded “like a politician”. Wasn’t it a campaign promise for him to do anything BUT just that???
And finally, how many times during the Obama administration did we hear Republicans say something like “Well, sure, he gives a good speech, but it’s the substance that’s all wrong”?
It has to be all about the content. So here are a couple of interesting viewpoints…first, from Bernie Sanders on what the President DIDN’T say…
…while The Young Turks highlight what had me yelling at the screen…
So the speech is what Trump WANTS you to remember from this week. Does that make it the most memorable thing however? How could it be, with THIS administration???
It turns out Mike Pence had his own private email server as governor of Indiana but seems to be unwilling to share all of the correspondence with us…wasn’t that considered by some a felony not so long ago?
Pence’s office said outside counsel was hired to review his private emails and make any necessary transfers to the state as he was leaving his job as governor.
Thirty pages of emails were released, and an unspecified amount were not released because of sensitive information.
The Rachel Maddow Show has obtained, exclusively, a Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment document. The document, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, makes the case that most foreign-born, U.S.-based violent extremists are likely not radicalized when they come to the U.S., but rather become radicalized after living in the U.S. for a number of years.
Oh, and then there’s Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III…
Amid mounting calls for his resignation, Sessions told a press conference on Thursday that he decided not to participate in any investigations “related in any way to the campaign for president of the United States” after meeting with senior department officials.
And those three stories were just from Friday morning!!!
It’s going to take a whole lot more than a speech to help keep this fast-sinking Trump ship afloat. JLP