One week from today we will celebrate the first weekend of Donald Trump (maybe) living in the White House. That makes this the Final Sunday of Sanity for our nation. Our country is about to be led by a man-child that has zero public service...zero. Stunning huh? Welcome to Sunday Morning Coffee my weekly rant about some news stories you may have seen or, perhaps, missed all with a bit of my personal commentary. Let's have some fun...drink up.
Not A Legitimate President
With those four words Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), an icon of the civil rights movement incurred the wrath of Donald Trump. Mr. Trump took to Twitter to cast out the demon in Mr. Lewis for saying what so many Americans think. Forget about the fact that Donald Trump has never served this nation, in any capacity. Forget about the fact that he is the moral equivalent Hugh Hefner. Forget about the fact that he lies with such ease that we know we can't trust anything that comes out of his mouth. Forget about the fact that he incites violence in his minions. Rep. Lewis in four words called it what it is. I happened across this on Twitter and thought I'd share it with you: "One of the people in one of these photos told one of the people in the other photo that they're all talk and no action." Priceless... Then there was this: "Ran on lies, conspiracies and hate, helped by Russia and a crooked FBI director... John Lewis is right. Trump is illegitimate."
Can We Say, "Sparse"?
The big party continues to shrink. While Donald Trump has, for years, hobnobbed with folks on the "A List" he's not having much luck in attracting them to the inauguration. And some, who had earlier said they would perform, have backed out. The latest is Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holiday. This past Friday, in an open letter, she called her decision to perform at the event a "lapse in judgement". Holiday, long a proponent of the LGBT community went on to say she was, "uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans." However, Toby Keith will be there. Yawn.
There is no word on if the Kremlin is sending over a marching band. But, hey, it could very well happen, there is still time. And a nod to our contributor Tim Lloyd for pointing out the obvious. (Cartoon - Tim Lloyd)
It was quite a week. From the soaring farewell address by President Obama to the first Donald Trump press conference since July. For those of you who hate the president you, no doubt, stayed away. I watched. And he was on. Without casting stones he offered up a challenge to Americans to get involved. It was in deep contrast to the disjointed and hateful presser given by Mr. Trump. It was stunning to watch the different examples of leadership. And, if you have any doubts about just how mean this guy is, Trump has surrounded himself with like-minded people. As he was calling CNN "fake news" his staff could be seen applauding. Hang on kids this is going to be a wild ride.
ICYMI - The big question last week during President Obama's speech was "Where is Sasha?" Word is that she was home studying. Seems she had a big test the next day and had to skip the event.
Fact Checking The Presser
I could write all of this but thought you might enjoy the video from Fact Check. But, I know, we are now in a "Post Fact World".
I will mention that Wall Street was looking for some sort of policy press conference. You know, "So, just what are you going to do?" Wall street didn't get any answers and the Dow took a hit. It really would be refreshing to see some class from this guy. But, we ain't gonna get it.
Last week President Obama surprised Vice President Joe Biden with the Medal of Freedom the highest civilian honor in the United States. Biden has been not only a great VP he and his wife Jill are true friends of the Obama family with the president going so far to call him his brother. Clearly Vice President Biden was surprised and stood with tears in his eyes. When he took the podium he said, "This honor is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it's a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit. I don't deserve this. But I know it came from the president's heart. There is a Talmudic saying that says what comes from the heart enters the heart. Mr. President, you have crept into our heart, you and your whole family." (Photo - AP)
Meanwhile in Iowa
Before he jets off to China Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) has a wish list for Mr. Trump. Suspect it contains a request for more money to bail out Iowa because our revenues are down and our gifts to already very successful businesses continue to be doled out. But that is just a guess.
Meanwhile The Iowa Starting Line has a piece on the "The Ten Craziest Bills Filed (So Far) In Iowa's 2017" many of which have been introduced by my friend Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale). From "Stand Your Ground" to increasing the sales tax while eliminating the income tax if you are in Iowa and you want to take a look here is the link for The Iowa Starting Line. Good, if not scary, stuff there.
You can go...but come back!
It is fitting, I guess, that we are in the path of an ice storm that may, just may, shut down lots of activity tomorrow. I think it's great and a fitting way to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We can contemplate the things this great American made us face. We are no where close to being a nation without racial injustice but Dr. King and his thousands of supporters paved the way if only we could clearly see that path.
On the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day I asked my 8 year old granddaughter why tomorrow was a holiday. She said, "Because a great American once prayed and worked for peace." Pretty good answer. She then sang a song that was taught to her in school about peace, equality, justice and more. Public schools really are...public and good. There is hope.
Thanks for reading and have as good a week as you can.