Did anyone catch Donald Trump’s big news conference on Thursday?
I caught some of it.
And have to admit, I turned over. But occasionally went back, to see if he’d stopped.
I’m not a fan of politics.
But, usually? I’ve noticed politicians usually try to say something: even if it’s something you couldn’t vote for.
I’m also very aware the man has won an election: and therefore can be said to be the legitimate leader of the US.
But that Thursday conference?
It struck me that that was a press conference: something usually done when you’ve got something to tell people.
Well, it struck me that all Donald Trump had to say was “Hilary cheated.”
Despite the fact he won.
And “You guys are all lying about me!!!!!”
Which strikes me as sensible: accusing a room full of journalists of being liars, seems a good way of getting them to cooperate. (That’s on top of getting your facts wrong: in front of a room full of internet connections.)
Oh, and “This administration is going well!!!!!!!!!”
This, despite the already reported back news his presidency faces: things like the travel ban being overturned, the delays in getting administration jobs posted, and various aides handing him free adverts.
I think the rally he’s planning to hold, today, is planned to appeal directly to his electorate. And got me think ‘Nuremberg rally,’ the minute I heard of it.
It’s all show: masking little, or unpalatable, content.
I’m also thinking something else.
That Trmup is vaguely reminding me of George W Bush: who I only ever took seriously, after the 9/11 attacks.
Trump could possibly do his presidency a favour. If he has to face — and react well to — his own version of 9/11.
I just hope so-called Islamic State have more sense.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring nine out of ten in the process. The day ALSO saw Olga† leaving us a comment on this post.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) 18th February, 1943, saw the Gestapo arrest members of Germany’s Resistance group. The group was known as the White what movement?
Q2) The first Church of Scientology was opened: on 18th February, 1954. In which US city?
Q3) 18th February, 2013, saw a major diamond heist take place. At which city’s airport: London’s, Brussels or Rome’s?
Q4) 18th February, 1906, saw the birth of Hans Asperger. The syndrome named for him is a type of what: dementia, autism or psychosis?
Q5) Which country became independent of the UK: on 18th February, 1965?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 17th February marks the birth of writer, Ruth Rendell. In which year: 1929, 1930 or 1931?
Q2) In which part of London: South Woodford, Woodford Green or Woodford Wells?
A2) South Woodford.
Q3) Her best known detective character is Chief Inspector Reginald who: Swinford, Tarbert or Wexford?
A3) Wexford. (Five minutes with a list of Irish place names comes in handy, sometimes … )
Q4) The first book he appeared in was called From Doon with what: Love, hate or death?
Q5) He also appeared in a 1983 Rendell novel, called The Speaker of Mandarin. Mandarin is a version of which Eastern language: Japanese, Chinese or Thai?
A5) Chinese. (In English, the word has also come to mean a a senior bureaucrat.)
Q6) The most recent novel featuring the Chief Inspector was ‘No Man’s Nightingale.’ The book was published in which year: 2012, 2013 or 2014?
Q7) Her most recent standalone novel was published in 2015. It’s called ‘Dark …’ what: Holes, Corners or Pits?
A7) Dark Holes.
Q8) She also wrote ‘The St Zita Society.’ Saint Zita is a patron saint of whom: chefs, carpenters or maids?
Q9) Ruth Rendell wrote 14 novels under which pen name: Barbara James, Barbara Vine or Barbra Streisand?
A9) Barbara Vine.
Q10) Finally … Ruth Rendell was Baroness of Babergh. Babergh is in which country: Sussex, Suffolk or Surrey?
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“If you got the job in the first place mainly because you look nice, I can’t see why you should keep it when you don’t.”
Michael Buerk, born, 18 February 1946.
And this song …
Have a good day.
* Lord knows where the word comes from, Debbi! (Enjoy the package. Oh, I found the DVD on the US branch of Amazon. Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, you know: I can still remember seeing him in The Invisible Man, back in the day … !)
† You know, Olga, I’m going to have to pencil Casablanca and Nosferatu in at some point! In between working and writing!