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The weekend that was

Frankly Speaking with Frank Likely
Frankly Speaking with Frank Likely

Oh Good!! If you're reading this it means we've survived the first weekend of the Presidency of Donald Trump. For a while there I wasn't sure.

The fiasco started on a cool, cloudy day in Washington, which became even darker and icier as the new President gave one of the darkest inaugural addresses of all time.  If Ronald Reagan spoke of “Morning in America” Trump's oration might well be called “Midnight in America. He spoke of the American carnage of wasted cities and desolate factories. He virtually called the country and its people “Losers” and the people cheered him on.

The fiasco started on a cool, cloudy day in Washington, which became even darker and icier as the new President gave one of the darkest inaugural addresses of all time.  If Ronald Reagan spoke of “Morning in America” Trump's oration might well be called “Midnight in America. He spoke of the American carnage of wasted cities and desolate factories. He virtually called the country and its people “Losers” and the people cheered him on.

When inaugural committee co-chair, Sen. Chuck Schumer spoke of the hope and promise an inauguration usually brings, that same crowd booed.

It seems a prayer service Saturday morning didn't do the new president much good, as he went from the church to CIA headquarters in Virginia, where, in front of a sacred memorial to those agents killed while on duty, the president went on an egocentric rant about the greatness of his inauguration before he announced he was now “at war” with the media.

I thought it was just rhetorical hubris until press secretary Sean Spicer came out that evening and literally yelled at the press, falsely claiming they had lied continually about the inaugural proceedings.  The president's new counsel would go on the Sunday morning talk shows to describe Spicer's falsehoods as “alternative facts.”

It reminded me of the Watergate days when President Richard Nixon was caught out it a bald-faced lie regarding the break-in.  His press secretary Ron Ziegler appeared before the press corps the next day to calmly declare “as of this time that statement is no longer operational.”

I guess all we can do now is wait and worry about what happens next.

 

Frank Likely is a retired Anglican minister and past president of the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

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