Some Cream For Your Covfefe?
It was model United Nations Day for Hair Führer yesterday! Let’s check in on American Carnage 2: “Seeing the World As It Is” (and yes, the speech was written by PeeWee Goerring/Goebbels)
We lined up the AP’s photo time stamp with the speech. Kelly had his hand on his face after Trump called North Korea a “band of criminals.” pic.twitter.com/MbGqAP6fV2
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 19, 2017
It’s becoming a meme to show Chief of Staff John Kelly’s reaction to Hair Führer’s speeches.
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing at Axios tells us how the speech is playing:
- Max Boot, CFR senior fellow: President Harry Truman, who addressed the U.N. founding conference in 1945, “would have been appalled to see a U.S. president threatening war and praising national sovereignty as the greatest good.”
- “Reshaping U.S. Role With One Word” — N.Y. Times front-page analysis by Mark Landler: “Trump, in declaring … that sovereignty should be the guiding principle of affairs between nations, sketched out a radically different vision of the world order than his forebears, who founded the United Nations after World War II to deal collectively with problems they believed would transcend borders.”
- How Asia sees Trump … Lead du jour, from AP’s Foster Klug in Seoul, South Koreal: “Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea’s next missile test? A restatement of past policy? Or simply just what it seemed: a straightforward threat of annihilation from the president of the United States?”
- “Officials and pundits across Asia struggled Wednesday to parse Donald Trump’s vow Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly to ‘totally destroy North Korea’ if provoked.”
- The other end of the telescope: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told The Associated Press in an interview … that he heard positive news in President Donald Trump’s United Nations address: ‘that the U.S. would not impose its way of life on others.'”
And let’s move from there back to healthcare. Jimmy Kimmel does it again:
“Stop Using My Name.”
This clip is EVERYWHERE, and will become a case study in the power of pop culture; we hope that Mr. Kimmel’s reach makes it to DC.
What to expect today? Absolutely nothing: The Senate left town Tuesday afternoon for the week. Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) looks at the calendar:
“If Republicans move forward … they would be faced with an extremely tight timeline. They left Washington on Tuesday ahead of Rosh Hashanah and are not expected to return until Monday evening. Yom Kippur will begin Friday evening, just about 30 hours before the reconciliation deadline hits on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the authors of the latest Obamacare repeal bill, who attends a Baptist church, said he won’t try to get the Senate to work through the Jewish holiday.”
“The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media…”
- “The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts.”
- “It launched in the summer bearing no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee.”
- “Only after [AP] inquired about the site last week was a disclosure added to The Free Telegraph’s pages identifying the publication’s partisan source.”
News doesn’t come from Facebook.
And let’s conclude with our pal Dumb Spice trying to leverage fleeing the Hindenberg for his second act in the media:
“The big five news organizations have passed” on making Spicer “an exclusive paid contributor,” [NBC’s Claire Atkinson] reported Tuesday night, citing “network sources.” Why? “Lack of credibility.” The networks all declined to comment, and so did Spicer’s agent Bob Barnett