I didn’t watch any of the funeral ceremonies for George H.W. Bush yesterday, but I did see that when Trump showed up there was a rather awkward moment when he took his seat next in the front pew next to the Obamas, Clintons, and Carters.
Trump was in the company of all his living predecessors for the first time Wednesday, and the encounter was plainly uncomfortable. By 10:49 a.m., when Trump and first lady Melania Trump stepped into the cathedral, a cool hush had come over the pews filled by American dignitaries and foreign leaders, past and present. Trump handed his black overcoat to a military aide and took his seat on the aisle next to his wife, with three past presidents and first ladies seated to her side.
First was the president Trump said was illegitimate (Barack Obama); then the first lady he called a profligate spender of taxpayer dollars (Michelle Obama); then the president he called the worst abuser of women (Bill Clinton); then the first lady and secretary of state he said should be in jail (Hillary Clinton); and then the president he said was the second-worst behind Obama (Jimmy Carter) and his wife, Rosalynn.
The Trumps and the Obamas greeted each other brusquely, but only Melania Trump reached over to shake hands with Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton did not acknowledge the Trumps, keeping her gaze straight ahead as if determined not to make eye contact with the man who continues, two years after the 2016 election, to inspire “Lock her up!” chants at his rallies.
Body language speaks volumes.
I made it my goal this weekend to clean off my desk. It took a while, but I did it.
It’s National Free Pancake Day at IHOP.
Actually, it’s only from 7 to 10 a.m. and you will be encouraged to make a donation to charity, but hey, free pancakes.
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) claims his indictment for abuse of power is an abuse of power.
It is what it is.
Impeachable: adjective — see “uppity.”
Now that the U.S. team is out of the World Cup, how many people in America will stop pretending they like soccer?
Maureen Dowd got stoned in Denver and writes about it.
The caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars I used to love as a child.
Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more. I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop.
What could go wrong with a bite or two?
Everything, as it turned out.
That explains a lot.
Headline on AP:
Chelsea Clinton Announces She Is Pregnant
They now know what causes that.
If Obamacare is really as bad as the Republicans say it is, why would they have to make up stories about how bad it is?
Being told you’re fat by Rush Limbaugh is like being criticized for your table manners by an alligator.
Going back to the woeful results of the survey of Americans and planetary motion, it occurs to me that there are probably more people who know there was a second Becky on Roseanne than that the Earth moves around the sun.
Thanks to Bob and the Old Professor for a swell party last night: lots of friends from all sorts of places; theatre, the car club, school. And the food was great and plentiful.
Some news items that caught my attention this morning:
– The passengers aboard the sight-seeing ship to Antarctica that got stuck in the ice on Christmas Eve have been taken off via helicopter. There wasn’t a risk of it turning into the Donner Party; the ship had plenty of provisions, but I’ll bet they got tired of watching the live version of Happy Feet over and over.
– Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has temporarily blocked the implementation of the Obamacare contraception mandate for religious-based organizations. No, this does not apply to Hobby Lobby.
– The Northeast and New England is bracing for another heavy snowstorm and very cold temperatures.
– A federal court has permanently blocked the implementation of one of Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign promises: mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients.
– People lined up around the block all over Colorado to buy marijuana legally sold for recreational use for the first time.
– The fecal matter is impacting the ventilating device for the people involved in the George Washington Bridge lane closure incident, and starting to land on the shoes of Gov. Christie.
– The Morning Joe crew is still a bunch of Villager chin-strokers even without their eponymous host.
What are you doing today?
I can’t remember the last time I actually cared about who would be Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Tomorrow. Come as you are, as you were, or as you will be.
Here this Friday. Bring your friends.
Stop by here on Friday and see why.