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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Seems The New York Times Is Mocking and Having Fun With Our New President

This article came out today on President Trump from, yes, The New York Times.

It’s No Trump Tower, but White House Has ‘Beautiful’ Phones

Even the headline itself but it is, apparently, an actual quote. They seem to be emphasizing how simple the new President is and how simply he thinks. Some examples, I believe (italics and bolding added for emphasis):

“These are the most beautiful phones I’ve ever used in my life,” Mr. Trump said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.

“The world’s most secure system,” he added, laughing. “The words just explode in the air.” What he meant was that no one was listening in and recording his words...

His mornings, he said, are spent as they were in Trump Tower. He rises before 6 a.m., watches television tuned to a cable channel first in the residence, and later in a small dining room in the West Wing, and looks through the morning newspapers: The New York Times, The New York Post and now The Washington Post.

But his meetings now begin at 9 a.m., earlier than they used to, which significantly curtails his television time. Still, Mr. Trump, who does not read books, is able to end his evenings with plenty of television.

I love this, on the Times part:

“They have a lot of board rooms,” he said of the White House, an apparent reference to the Cabinet Room and the Roosevelt Room...  (So, a "lot of board rooms" is two. Two. Kudos, Times).

His preference during the day is to work in the Oval Office. And to stare at it, still...

Among modern American presidents, Mr. Trump may be best situated to work where he lives. For decades, he has lived in a penthouse apartment on the 58th floor of Trump Tower and taken an elevator down to the 26th floor, where he has a corner office with views of Central Park. Many presidents have complained of being cooped up inside the White House — George W. Bush in particular said he missed the outdoors — but Mr. Trump can go for days without breathing in fresh outside air...

“It’s a beautiful residence, it’s very elegant,” Mr. Trump said, deploying one of his highest forms of praise.  
(Some of their critique is, I think, more subtle than others, as with this one. Fair, also, but subtle).

They finished up in, I think, again, the subtlest of ways but still critical and even stinging. Stinging, that is, if you get it.

“There’s something very special when you know that Abraham Lincoln slept there,” Mr. Trump said. “The Lincoln Bedroom, you know, was his office, and the suite where I’m staying is actually where he slept.”

Mr. Trump was referring to the White House master bedroom, which is now his own.

“Knowing all of that, it’s different, than, you know, just pure elegance and room size,” Mr. Trump said. “There’s a lot of history.”

So at least if we're all going to Hell, at least we can laugh, along with the Times, on our way. Funny thing is, too, he'll never get it unless one of his staff, maybe, tells him.

What isn't to loathe about the man and what he intends is to enjoy for the humor, guffaws and laughter.

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