If all goes according to plan, I am out in the middle of a large warm body of water this week.
So I’ll spare you my take on the inauguration — a landslide of an inauguration, with more people attending than any previous inauguration in history. Period.
Yes, Obama’s astonishing 1.8 million-strong first inauguration (or whatever it was; that’s the figure that sticks in my head) was the previous record-setter . . . and on a frigid day that would have kept any sensible person away.
But this president’s inauguration blew even that away.
You doubt that? It comes in a clearly considered prepared statement — not an off-the-cuff tweet — straight from the top, to correct reports by the dishonest media. You shouldn’t trust the media (other than Breitbart and the National Enquirer); you should trust the Trump White House. Period.
(You still doubt it? Just look at the photos! Eevn more striking on my computer screen than viewed on TV.)
John Blevins: “You should share this PBS program, Divided States Of America, with your readers so they can understand what happened.”
OK. I will. But I’m still marveling at those crowds. Which were even more remarkable when you consider that DC hotels were not full (as I can ruefully attest, having been stuck with a non-refundable room no one wanted to take off my hands) and when you consider, also, that 96% of DC locals — who’d have found it easiest to attend — were Hillary supporters. And even with all that working against him, Trump drew a larger crowd to cheer for him in person than to any previous inaugural address in the history of the republic.
[UPDATE: Just watched today’s press briefing. Spicer did much better. Let’s hope it continues.]
Quote of the Day
The future is disorder. A door like this had cracked open five or six times since we got up on our hind legs. It is the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.~Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
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