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Trump Announces Robert C. O’Brien as his New National Security Advisor

No one seems to know much about him. Might be President Trump is downgrading the position a bit, giving Secretary of State Pompeo more power. But I’m speculating.

Trump Eulogy for Cokie Roberts: “She Never Treated Me Nicely”

That’s what you gotta love about President Trump. He doesn’t do polite and phony.

I used to watch Cokie Roberts when she was on the TV, on ABC’s “This Week” years ago, back in the David Brinkley days, and I never liked her much. I’ve forgotten why, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her. I think it had something to do with liberal, conventional-wisdom commentary. I remember a friend once saying, “Oh, Cokie Roberts is on, should I turn it off? I know you don’t like seeing her.”

But she seemed like a good person. Sad to lose her.

Never liked David Brinkley much either. He made these little sarcastic comments about how foolish people were and was much less clever than he thought. Maybe he was once a great journalist, but by the time I saw him he was like butler opening the door to the show.

So why did I even watch that show? Probably George Will. Wouldn’t watch it today for him, unfortunately.

Anyway, Cokie Roberts, RIP.

From the Washington Examiner.

President Trump said that Cokie Roberts never “treated me nicely” but added that he wanted to “wish her family well” following the veteran journalist’s death on Tuesday morning.

Roberts, 75, was an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and on-air political commentator. She is a member of the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. 

Trump addressed her death while speaking to the pool reporters during his flight to California on Tuesday afternoon.

“I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional, and I respect professionals. I respect you guys a lot, you people a lot. She was a real professional,” Trump stated.

Roberts is survived by her husband Steven V. Roberts, to whom she was married since 1966. They had two children and six grandchildren.

Lucky Trump: He Has the Most Perfectly Awful Group of Opponents He Could Ask For

From a piece I have running on the “Think” section of the NBC News website:

Among the most enviable and least recognized qualities of a presidential candidate is something they share with lottery winners and bowling champions: a talent for dumb luck. And for those politicians blessed with this wholly undeserved and unearned gift, the most valuable form of it, the lucky break coveted over all others, is a lousy opponent.

President Donald Trump demonstrated such talent in abundance in 2016 when he faced the widely despised Hillary Clinton. For anyone who had trouble voting for Trump because of various concerns about his character, the alternative of punching a chad for Clinton made things much easier.

Trump looks all set to get lucky again once Democrats decide which of the current forlorn crop of candidates they want as their nominee in 2020. One, Andrew Yang, stooped so low during Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Houston that he decided to start buying votes, saying his campaign would shell out $1,000 a month for a year to 10 families.

Trump is but the latest in a history of presidential candidates bestowed by fortune with the perfect foil.

Ronald Reagan had Walter Mondale, who promised to raise taxes, the political equivalent of a hockey team putting the goalie on offense. George H.W. Bush had Michael Dukakis, a diminutive, robotic individual who offered a dispassionate answer about the death penalty when asked about his wife being raped and murdered and who staged a ludicrous photo op swallowed up by an M1 Abrams tank.

This is not to say Trump won’t earn the presidency. Or that he did not in 2016, either. He adroitly tapped into a gold mine of discontent with the established order, understanding the anger in the hinterland far better than the professional politicians and pundits who couldn’t see the problems with the establishment because they were part of it. But he also got lucky with his opponent — and he barely won.

You can read the rest of the piece on the NBC News site here.

Pelosi Walks Out of Press Conference When Questions Turn to Impeachment

She doesn’t want to impeach President Trump. She knows it’s only going to unite Republicans and get Trump’s base out to the polls in droves.

Nancy Pelosi is not a genius, but she’s a pretty smart politician.

According to the Washington Examiner:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shut down press questions about whether the House is conducting a formal impeachment inquiry as some lawmakers claim.

“I’m not answering any more questions about a possible inquiry, investigation, and the rest,” Pelosi tersely told reporters who asked her about the matter at her weekly press conference.

Pelosi’s frustration led her to walk away from the podium, cutting her press conference short after calling for the media to focus on the Senate GOP’s refusal to take up a Democratic proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases.

“Why is it that you are hung up with a word over here when lives are at stake over there?” the California Democrat said, walking out of the room.

El Paso Shooting “Hero” Arrested at White House Just Before Being Honored by Trump

According to the Washington Examiner:

One of the people President Trump honored for his heroism during a mass shooting in an El Paso Walmart last month was arrested by the Secret Service during his visit to the White House on Monday due to an outstanding criminal warrant, law enforcement officials told the Washington Examiner.

Police say his tale of heroics does not match video evidence. Chris Grant, 50, was shot in the ribs and a kidney during the Aug. 3 rampage that claimed 22 lives. He was not present for a White House ceremony Monday, but his mother Minnie Grant, 82, accepted a signed certificate on his behalf.

Grant said in a series of interviews that he sought to spare fellow shoppers by picking up bottles and throwing them at the gunman, with at least one hitting or nearly striking him. A Gofundme account raised $16,917 on his behalf. Grant was photographed when he arrived at Washington’s Reagan-National Airport and outside the White House with his family.

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Chris Grant and family in Washington D.C.

“Nobody bothered to check with us,” said El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo. “They would have been informed, as I am telling you now, that our detectives reviewed hours of video and his actions did not match his account.” Carrillo said Grant was visible in footage from the store, but he did not say what he was doing during the massacre. “His statements were inconsistent with what was revealed on video,” Carrillo said.

Trump Says He Has Fired John Bolton

President Trump today said he had fired National Security Advisor John Bolton. By the tone of Trump’s tweet, this was not a happy parting. I imagine Bolton, who is a hothead, probably went too far.

Bolton had a slightly different take on how it went down.

Trump Terms His Challengers “The Three Stooges

President Trump has a new name for his GOP primary challengers, former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, who announced his run Sunday, and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh.

They are, The Three Stooges.

He’s pretty much right. But before you dismiss these characters, I’ve come to the conclusions that presidential campaign prognosticating these day is about as reliable as meteoroligists’ predictions about which way a hurricane will turn.

Anyway, here are some scenes of Walsh, Weld, and Sanford – sounds like a law firm – on the campaign trail together.

Trump’s Alabama SharpieGate

UPDATE: The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump himself put the Sharpie to the map. This was pretty stupid of him. I mean, come on. Makes me worried about his willingness to bend reality, which already makes me worried. Trump mistakenly tweeted September 1 that Alabama “will most likely be hit (much) harder that… Continue Reading

White House the Rebuts Latest Attack by Washington Post “News” Reporters

It’s incredible. The liberal mainstream media are so astoundingly creative, coming up with endless ways to recycle and repackage the same criticisms of President Trump. A September 1 piece by piece by Washington Post White House reporters Philip Rucker, who allegedly leaked details of an off-the-record session with cashiered Trump aide Madeleine Westerhout, and Ashley… Continue Reading

Trump Denies Responsibility for Blowing Up Iranian Rocket

Here’s what happened, according to AP: A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone. Israelis? Iranian incompetence? We actually did do it? All… Continue Reading

Trump: Comey the Most “Thoroughly Disgraced and Excoriated” Person in U.S. History

Well, he might be going a little far. President Trump Thursday attacked former FBI Director James Comey after the release of an inspector general’s report that accused Comey of failing to follow FBI rules. The report concluded that Comey “failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course… Continue Reading