The On-the-Record Interview

Stable Genius Prznint Stupid
(Credit: @MemphisJohnny1)

If you are of the opinion that Comrade Stupid is nuts then you must read Olivia Nuzzi’s instant classic for New York Magazine, “My Private Oval Office Press Conference With Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Kelly, and Mike Pompeo”

I’m not going to excerpt it—it’s too long and taking fair-use bits doesn’t do it justice. Nuzzi lets the tape roll, with no interjections; it’s like being there, but being there as a fly on the wall. She captures the diversions, the constant stream of people into the room, the clamoring from toadies and minions to laugh at his not-funny jokes. And more importantly, you get to see his ham-fisted attempt to manipulate the news, and how he stages surprise, walk-on guest stars to talk to her about how great he is and how much they like working with/for him.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead D-Cap)

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8 Responses to The On-the-Record Interview

  1. Jim says:

    Stable Genius assures reporter there is no chaos in the WH. Meanwhile, yet another senior official quits making that something like 150 since his inauguration or so it seems.


  2. roket says:

    Olivia doesn’t say what kind of shoes she’s wearing but I’m hoping they were knee-high boots. So many shitgibbons.


  3. Holy forkballs! I skimmed that Nuzzi piece and thought it was SATIRE 🤯

    (just discovered there is an actual ‘head exploding emoji’ I are An Old so I’m slow to these things, but this one’s gonna get a LOT of use!)


  4. donnah says:

    I know he’s a garbage president, you know he’s a garbage president, and the rest of the world knows he’s a garbage president. So why do so many people still support him? Better economy? Not for long, with his terrible money-management. New Supreme Court Judge? He’s garbage, too. So now we have to vote to take out the garbage.


  5. JTO says:

    NYMAG ED: Nuzzi – we got you into the Whitehouse. We are looking for something about Kelly. Word is, he’s on his way out – again. Go see what you can find.
    O.N.: On it, boss.
    O.N. notebook – WH – Usual bullshit. Nothing happening. Dammit, not even exciting as between takes of The West Wing delux boxed set. No phones ringing? No one waiting? Cofeve is still weak.
    NYMAG ED: Ok, then. Head over to the Capitol. Dems are talking about the tax cut.
    O.N. to Security recpt.desk – Yes, I need to sign out – Olivia Nuzzi.
    SHS: ((gasping for breath)) – You’re not leaving? But they are, erm, HE’s ready for you now.
    O.N. ?
    DJT: Hi, I have 30 seconds for this, this totally not fake, totally not fake really real conversation . you know, that won’t make me look like a freaking moron.
    O.N. – presses ‘record.’
    O.N. to NYMAG ED: Boss, you’re not going to fucking believe this.


  6. Paul Fredine says:

    spontaneous my ass. by those standards ‘hamilton’ must have just been a bunch of kids in a barn deciding to put on a show. ‘the nutcracker’ couldn’t have been better choreographed. and reading it i found myself wanted to yell ‘shut the fuck up!’ more than once.


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