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Trump Gifts Kim Jong-un a Recording of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea bearing a gift from President Trump for Kim Jong-un, a recording to Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” South Korea’s Chosunilbo news agency reports.

According to the story:

Sources in Washington said the gifts reflect Trump’s expectations that Kim will follow through on the pledges in an agreement the two signed at their summit.

One diplomatic source in Washington said, “The ‘Rocket Man’ CD was the subject of discussion during Trump’s lunch with Kim. Kim mentioned that Trump referred to him as ‘rocket man’ when tensions ran high last year” after a series of nuclear tests and missile launches by the North. “Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song and Kim said no.”

Trump remembered the conversation and told Pompeo to take a CD with the song for Kim. He reportedly wrote a message on it and signed it.

I think that, given the unlikelihood Kim is going to follow through on any kind of “deal,” Trump would have been better advised to send him a recording of Elton’s “Don’t go breaking my heart.”

Anyway, now that the song is in your head, here’s a video of Elton John in a superb performance of the single in February 1972, before it was released. A great artist at the height of his powers, long before he became a parody of himself.

3 Responses to Trump Gifts Kim Jong-un a Recording of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”

  1. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un: One thing is not like the other.
    The NoKo’s will dissect the song’s lyrics
    looking for meaning and purpose. They’ll probably find some deep insults to their chubby leader and their people.
    In some aspects, the NoKo’s don’t understand a Donald Trump, how could they? The whole of American and it’s residents is a mystery to ancient societies where order and sameness has been their only experience.
    No matter how little the NoKo’s adhere to any agreement on nuclear weapons, that they have stopped firing rockets and missiles over other nations is a big win for PresTrump.

    • You know, it’s a very good point about the potential for this to be misinterpreted. We Americans tend to look at things more innocently and unsuspiciously than other cultures, which are more inclined to look for hidden meanings and signals. Particularly a completely paranoid totalitarian place like North Korea.

  2. OT -Elton was always a favorite. I have to appreciate his music while avoiding any contemplation about his personal views. Great pianist.