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7/5/2019

Trump Salutes the 4th

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 9:30 am



[Headlines from DRJ]

Guess who saluted Trump? CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinson:

Trump calls bluff of critics in July 4th speech

(CNN)President Donald Trump was as good as his word Thursday: He saluted America.

In one of the least polarizing speeches of his presidency, Trump paid tribute to America’s armed forces at a July Fourth appearance before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that unfolded amid stormy skies and criticism that he was politicizing the nation’s Independence Day celebrations.

And local station WTOP joined the praise, plus a beautiful fireworks video.

But it wasn’t all good news:

USA Today — Donald Trump trips up on history in 4th of July speech, mentions airports during Revolutionary War.

The Hill — Company that donated fireworks to Trump’s event also successfully lobbied against tariffs.

Overall, good effort Mr. President. Too bad about the rain.

— DRJ

50 Responses to “Trump Salutes the 4th”

  1. Now resign, thanks.

    Dave (1bb933)

  2. It must be hard for some people to avoid finding fault. It’s like “find Waldo”

    Kevin M (61459c)

  3. “Ein Volk, Ein Amerika, Ein Trump”…

    Wunderbar, eh Captain, sir?!?!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  4. DCSCA (797bc0) — 7/5/2019 @ 9:48 am

    You must be so proud.

    Dave (1bb933)

  5. @4. Laughing all the way to the bank, Davy; can’t lose:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPXHRX8Q2hs

    “Don’t be stupid; be a smarty; come and join the Nazi Party…” – Mel Brooks, ‘The Producers’ 1967

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  6. very near beer, it was a genuinely good speech,

    narciso (d1f714)

  7. gannett’s gulp is mostly worthless, I don’t even train my puppy on it,

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/07/trumps-independence-day-speech.php

    narciso (d1f714)

  8. Teleprompter Trump is too boring; he pre-caved to the criticism of this event and forbore, as rare as that is, from wandering off-script.

    I enjoy the Marine Band and Chorale. The flyovers furnished also 10 second interludes of respite from Teleprompter Trump.

    I suppose he wins by not losing, even though the tanks — as one little boy pointed out — were all empty and motionless. There’s tons of entertaining video of American air, ground, and naval forces doing cool stuff on YouTube, which makes a static display of a couple of Abrams pretty tame by comparison.

    Insisting upon this parade isn’t on my list of the top 500 things I hate about Trump.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  9. @6. Textbook.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  10. @8. When the final cost is tallied, it should make at least 499th on any fiscal conservative’s list. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  11. Without even knowing what he was doing he hooked many of the Dems and the MSM into revealing how much they hate our country.

    He should do it again next year.

    harkin (0db537)

  12. “There’s tons of entertaining video of American air, ground, and naval forces doing cool stuff on YouTube“

    Heh… enjoy it while you can, the trend is not favorable to any show of American Exceptionalism carried by BigTech.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  13. That he should, harkin.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  14. “Insisting upon this parade isn’t on my list of the top 500 things I hate about Trump.”

    I love the smell of hatred for Trump in the morning… it smells like a combination of vindication and insanity.

    Winning!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. kinda of like bre’r rabbit,

    narciso (d1f714)

  16. He seems to have inserted one dog whistle into the speech, when he talked about “citizens” who had built this country.

    For his information, number of foreign born members of the US military who became naturalized citizens during or after their military service
    World War 1….192,000
    World War 2….100,000+
    Korean War…..31,000

    Number of foreign born members of the US military, whether naturalized or not
    Civil War….20 percent of total Union forces
    World War 1…18 percent of US forces or 500,000
    World War 2…300,000

    Foreign born veterans (overall) as of 2016….511,000, in a total veteran population of 18.8 million

    https://bipartisanpolicy.org/blog/immigrants-in-the-military-a-history-of-service/

    kishnevi (36aee7)

  17. @11. You didn’t get the word; it’s his country. You just live in it.

    The bill for his ‘parade’ is in the mail. Missed those Stukas.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  18. @16. When it was quilled, Stephen Miller musta cribbed from a history textbook he swiped from Santa Monica High School.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  19. Trump blames ‘Continental Army overrunning airports’ to defeat Britons in 1700’s on Teleprompter going “kaput.” Vuz der teleprompter ‘made in Amerika’ or Dusselforf, Herr Trump?!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  20. immigration is no longer needed or wanted unless you think we need sharia law. Biden and the other dwarfs will find it harder to win then clinton.

    lany (70d649)

  21. Every day, in every way, JoeyBee gets older and older. Love it when he references something he did from the good ol’exploding Pinto days.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  22. I miss Steve57 and his postings. Incredible videos he would offer about the military.

    mg (8cbc69)

  23. Yes I wanted to know his reaction to thar film about those Sikhs warriors among other things

    Narciso (fddec8)

  24. Joey said the hack of the DNC wouldn’t have happened on his and Obama’s watch.

    Narciso (fddec8)

  25. “one of the least polarizing…” What was polarizing about it?

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (6b1442)

  26. Couple of quick notes:

    Comment above about the Marine Band and Chorale. That was the Army Band and Chorale, introduced as “Pershings Own”.

    Comment above about the number of non-citizens who served during the wars and became US citizens. Yes, true. And they were virtually all legal immigrants to this country, not illegal aliens.

    Comment on overrunning airports. Yes, that was a burp. The Teleprompter apparently shorted in the rain. That one’s a freebee, but he kept going; obviously knew what he wanted to say and said it. Given the details in that speech, I thought he handled it well. And, at least he knows there aren’t 57 states. And compare the burp with Biden saying on CNN that Russian meddling in the 2016 election wouldn’t have happened on his and Barack’s watch.

    All in all a pretty good speech (heck, even CNN said so). Shame the weather wasn’t more cooperative, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Gotta learn to roll with the punches.

    Bill M (906260)

  27. I didn’t watch the speech, nor do I intend to. Teleprompter Trump may be a bewilderment to some, but he went off script. American revolutionaries overtook airports 127 years before the airplane was invented?

    That’s monumentally stupid. Either Trump is ignorant of history, or his speech writer never graduated from junior high.

    If he wants his face on Mount Rushmore, we’ll just carve a Dunce Hat.

    Gawain's Ghost (b25cd1)

  28. Go ahead. Obama on Mt. Rushmore with his dunce cap wants company. 57 states? That’s monumentally ignorant of America. But give Obama a break, he had to learn it from scratch.

    Gary Hoffman (7ec1de)

  29. It was a misspeak. He saw “seaports” and said “airports”. Another time, he saw “cities” and said “titties”. True, Google it. We’ve all done it some time or two in our lives. At least he didn’t say “When our boys come home from Afghanistan, we will have the hags flung out.”

    nk (dbc370)

  30. But even if he meant seaports, it was bad history: Boston was the only major seaport the Continentals took from the British. New York City was under British control for most of the revolution, while Charleston and Savannah were besieged by the British, and in both cases the defending Americans ended up surrendering. Philadelphia was in American hands, but in one phase of the war was occupied by the British before Washington forced them out.

    Kishnevi (9052c0)

  31. He had my attention at “titties”.

    Could’ve been much worse…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  32. “57 states? That’s monumentally ignorant of America. But give Obama a break, he had to learn it from scratch.”

    Obama’s ignorance was far-reaching. Not a large number of personality and character flaws that are worse than those found in a man who believes he can do any specific task better than those who are expert at those tasks. A highly intelligent person is one who realizes just how little he or she knows in relation to the “universe” of available knowledge.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  33. TIL that Delaware is the name of some Englishman, De La Warr. I wouldn’t mind, if they hadn’t foisted the name on an Indian tribe too. I’m afraid to look up the Oneidas and find that they’re named after some Irishman.

    nk (dbc370)

  34. Not a large number of personality and character flaws that are worse than those found in a man who believes he can do any specific task better than those who are expert at those tasks. A highly intelligent person is one who realizes just how little he or she knows in relation to the “universe” of available knowledge.

    Now if only you would apply that observation to Trump.

    Kishnevi (9052c0)

  35. Be not afraid, my son

    The name Oneida is derived from the English pronunciation of Onyota’a:ka, the people’s name for themselves. Onyota’a:ka means “People of the Standing Stone”. This identity is based on an ancient legend. The Oneida people were being pursued on foot by an enemy tribe. As their enemies chased the Oneida into a clearing within the woodlands, they suddenly disappeared. The enemy could not find them, and so it was said that the Oneida had shapeshifted into the stones that stood in the clearing. As a result, they became known as the People of the Standing Stone.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oneida_people

    Kishnevi (9052c0)

  36. For your consideration…a much more traditional 4th of July parade
    https://detritusofempire.blogspot.com/2019/07/4th-of-july-parade-2019-house-undivided.html

    Kishnevi (9052c0)

  37. Philadelphia was in American hands, but in one phase of the war was occupied by the British before Washington forced them out.

    Good summary, except the British decided to abandon Philadelphia on their own initiative, and Washington tried to chase them down once he got word they were bugging out of the city. This led to the Battle of Monmouth (June 28, 1778), one of the few times anybody ever reported Washington losing his cool.

    Arriving on the field to find his incompetent subordinate, General Charles Lee, was on the verge of turning a golden opportunity into a costly defeat, he apparently verbally abused Lee most severely. Asked after the war if he had ever heard Washington curse, one of the other generals present described it:

    “Yes, once. It was at Monmouth, and on a day that would have made any man swear. Yes, sir, he swore on that day, till the leaves shook on the trees, charming, delightful. Never have I enjoyed such swearing before or since. Sir, on that ever-memorable day, he swore like an angel from heaven.”

    Dave (1bb933)

  38. mg (8cbc69) — 7/5/2019 @ 12:59 pm

    I do too, mg.

    felipe (023cc9)

  39. Of course Obama was too perfect to be satirized, except as the epitome of cool, if he had decided to give a full court speech, it would be a network special, there were songs to ohim, ironic, there was a movie about a fellow who has tattooed himself with Obama paraphernalia presented with out derision

    Narciso (fddec8)

  40. Well, bless their little British hearts! It’s a real story! https://meaww.com/nagging-wife-bodybuilder-husband-chores-arrested-dragged-court-controlling-behavior

    nk (dbc370)

  41. 2 brain dead subjects have issues.

    mg (8cbc69)

  42. The picture of the wife reminded that it’s been a while since I cooked a rump roast.

    nk (dbc370)

  43. The case fell apart because the witness backed out? That is amazing. Those are controlling … laws.

    DRJ (15874d)

  44. after a mini Manafort raid she was charged with controlling behavior. She has to stay away from a bodybuilder for two years.
    Brilliant.

    mg (8cbc69)

  45. It seems to be that it is a crime against nature to prosecute a man’s ever loving wife for nagging him, not that I would ever encourage any woman to engage in the practice but it is one of those things that cannot be helped like birds flying and fish swimming, and I consider both the husband and the authorities in this case to have more than a little bit of poofter in them as it is long suspected that most of the British do, which also explains our President Trump him being half-British on his mother’s side, and the EU upon hearing of such happenings must now look more favorably on Brexit, especially the women of the EU, as in my opinion we should likewise be grateful for Brexit 1776.

    nk (dbc370)

  46. C’mon, be serious, man! one can never be any pooftier than the EU, though the British do give them a run for their money.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. The story goes:

    Something went wrong with Donald Trump’s teleprompter, and with TOTUS on the blink, Donald Trump, had to eitehr remain silent or ad lib.

    And he said:

    “Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.”

    Now this may be quoted out of context. Perhaps the context would make clear that Trump was not only thinking of or speaking of the Revolutionary War, but of the entire history of the U.S. miitary. This needs checking.

    (Airports, of course, did not exist until the 20th Century, and the battle that involved Fort McHenry that led to the poem about the star-spangled banner waving at the the dawn’s early light took place during the War of 1812. The rockets were not the kind of rockets later used to go into space, though.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)


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