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7/6/2018

Not the Onion: U.S. Secretary of State Brings “Rocket Man” CD to North Korea for Kim Jong-un

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:21 am

Diplomacy at its finest:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left for North Korea on Thursday for denuclearization talks and brought two gifts for leader Kim Jong-un.

One is a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump and the other an Elton John CD with his song “Rocket Man.”

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.

Kim is expected to respond with a DVD containing the new North Korean hit “Deranged Dotard.” I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

By the way, Trump’s letter was a very nice letter. Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter. It was a very interesting letter. I . . . haven’t read the letter yet. I may be in for a big surprise, folks!

UPDATE: AZ Bob has this great line in the comments: “If he wanted to insult him, he would have given him an iPod full of Obama’s speeches.” That is A+ humor. Thanks for the line.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

27 Responses to “Not the Onion: U.S. Secretary of State Brings “Rocket Man” CD to North Korea for Kim Jong-un”

  1. if you look at this through a lens of good-natured humor it looks like good-natured humor

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  2. my favorite one’s Levon

    he was born a pauper to a pawn on a christmas day

    that’s off the Madman Across the Water cd (rocket man‘s on Honky Château)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. if you look at this through a lens of good-natured humor it looks like good-natured humor

    That’s totally how I expect Kim Jong-un to look at it.

    When I look at Kim Jong-un and his regime, I see a bunch of people whose favorite thing is good-natured humor.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  4. Two clowns with funny hair putting on a show for their respective constituencies and both looking to China to actually come up with something sensible.

    And I said this at least a year ago.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. The news here is they have CD players in North Korea.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  6. If he wanted to insult him, he would have given him an iPod full of Obama’s speeches.

    AZ Bob (9a6ada)

  7. I hope Mr. Pompeo has a lovely and productive visit

    President Trump’s done so much to set a new tone and to advance the discussion

    this is where we were at this time last year

    North Korea state media celebrates ‘gift’ to ‘American bastards’

    wow this is a startling change

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. 5: Best Buy just announced they aren’t selling CD’s anymore, so more is coming to Fat Kim.

    6; that treatment will make an east Asian go full Duterte.

    urbanleftbehind (944c49)

  9. Clinton gave me nukes, all I got from Trump was a lousy CD.

    Which diplomacy do you prefer?

    btw – have always loved Honky Château

    harkin (fabd28)

  10. A gay time will be had by all.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  11. Previous – change ‘me’ to ‘us’.

    harkin (fabd28)

  12. We celebrate Nixon getting on with Mao, we live out the whole khmer rouge element
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2018/07/06/with-paul-manafort-in-solitary-deep-state-targets-jim-jordan/amp/

    narciso (d1f714)

  13. Song #1 on the Trump to Kim mix-tapeCD: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” by the Stones.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  14. Here some memories of that North Korean sense of humor. Had ’em laughing until they dropped from hunger…

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/12/18/sony-hack-timeline-interview-north-korea/20601645/

    Appalled (c9622b)

  15. Putting aside Rocket Man CDs, The Economist has a good six-point plan. I didn’t know that the sanctity of nuclear program was baked into their constitution.

    Paul Montagu (91b6ad)

  16. How many dead was Mao responsible for was it merely 290 million or close to 50 million

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. If he wanted to insult him, he would have given him an iPod full of Obama’s speeches.

    That’s a good one.

    A+

    Patterico (115b1f)

  18. #13 — I suspect most of the mixtape was the audiobook for Art of the Deal.

    Appalled (c9622b)

  19. UPDATE: AZ Bob has this great line in the comments: “If he wanted to insult him, he would have given him an iPod full of Obama’s speeches.” That is A+ humor. Thanks for the line.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  20. On a smaller scale, the death toll in Venezuela and nucaagua is abut 150 by their colectivos roving death gangs

    narciso (d1f714)

  21. A “Rocket Man” CD. And yesterday he insulted McCain and GHW Bush. One is fighting for his life and the other just lost his wife. A no-class billionaire.

    He had to buy Mar-a-Lago just to have a country club…. that would let him join.

    noel (96c84f)

  22. “No class billionaire” is being kind. Try “orange-skinned pansy who wouldn’t make a pimple on the asses of real men like McCain and GHW Bush”. Which is why he denigrates them. To make himself look less bad by comparison.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. mccain isn’t a real man he’s a slithery torture-turd who doesn’t have the grace courage or class to resign

    he’s not a role model that for sure he’s more like a cautionary tale of what happens when they do something to your brain

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  24. he’s so awful

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  25. btw – have always loved Honky Château

    harkin (fabd28) — 7/6/2018 @ 12:07 pm

    I’m sorta thinking a song that fits this situation better would be “Have Mercy on the Criminal”.

    Bill H (383c5d)


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