Dear President Trump, When I saw the news midday that Paul Manafort pleaded guilty and will cooperate with the Mueller investigation in exchange for less prison time the taunt “liar, liar pant’s on fire” popped into my head. I was thinking about you, of course, and how you must be feeling the heat now that … Continue reading Liar, liar…..
Dear President Trump, You will no doubt dismiss the new WP-ABC poll numbers as so much fake news, but I’m sure you are studying them carefully to figure out how to best calibrate the next round of divisive fear mongering. As usual, people of color are the canaries in the coalmine in that over 80% … Continue reading Cowardly abuses of power
Dear President Trump, Who is feeding you instructions? Is Steven Miller whispering in your ear? Or Steve Bannon from afar? Or maybe Vladimir P from further afar? Have they formed a boy band to make sure you hear the same message no matter which way you turn? I know you’re capable of coming up with … Continue reading Cynical and slick
Dear President Trump, I’m not sure at what point I started crying. I think it was during the video of President Obama’s highlights in office the HP put together for his birthday today. Seeing him smiling and engaged, signing the marriage equality act into law, flipping burgers for people on the White House lawn, talking … Continue reading What have we done?
Dear President Trump, I wasn’t born yet, so I didn’t hear JFK give his inauguration speech urging Americans to ask not what their country can do for them but rather, what they can do for their country. You would have been 14 at the time, plenty old enough to be interested in your new president … Continue reading Why bring out the worst in people?
Dear President Trump, The line “Oh! what a tangled web we weave \ When first we practise to deceive!” just popped into my head. It’s from a poem by Sir Walter Scott named “Marmion” (a fictious English Lord) and it’s about adultery and efforts to cover it up. One of Marmion’s mistresses was to be … Continue reading Tangled webs and layers of lies
Dear President Trump, It’s kind of silly and it probably means I need a break, but I came up with some more “F” words to describe how you’ve been dealing with the threats to your presidency: Fuss. Fume. Fabricate. Falter. Fake. Foment. Falsify. Filch. Fleece. Flounce. Flout. I still think “Flail” is the best single … Continue reading We don’t have time for this
Dear President Trump, Are you betting your supporters won’t care that you’re lying or will be so gullible that they’ll believe Russia is actually trying to help the Democrats win the midterms? You’ll no doubt get some takers who will shrug off the blatant lie and others who will believe their Chief no matter what … Continue reading Fight/Flight/Freeze….Flail
Dear President Trump, Since reading Richard Cohen’s piece in the WP yesterday that unpacks why your base adores you, I’ve found myself thinking about my first boss out of college. In most ways, this boss was about as unlike you as possible. He was a brilliant, highly regarded academic who helped launch many successful careers. … Continue reading Leading with hate
Dear President Trump, Typically I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. If someone is behaving badly I imagine what might be driving the behavior – are they tired, stressed, worried, hormonal, having a bad day? I make up some pretty great stories about the woes people are facing to help me let … Continue reading Limits to the benefit of the doubt