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12/29/2020

Tough Times For President Trump

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:29 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Look, can’t this guy catch a break?! After all, he just wants to golf in peace. Not only has he had to contend with his baseless election fraud claims getting laughed out of the courts while a stubborn pandemic that simply will not quit keeps hogging the his spotlight, and now, of all things, it looks like there’s a SHORTAGE OF 24-KARAT GOLD, MARBLE AND LOUIS XIV FURNISHINGS! Will his nightmare never end:

His mood darkened as soon as he walked into his members-only club Mar-a-Lago, three days before Christmas, according to multiple sources. The changes to his private quarters, many of which were overseen by his wife, first lady Melania Trump, were not to President Donald Trump’s liking, and he was mad about it, according to a source familiar with the President’s response.

Several weeks in the works, the renovations, undertaken to make the approximately 3,000-square-foot space feel larger and updated in preparation for the Trumps’ post-White House life, didn’t appeal to Trump’s aesthetics, according to his reaction. Trump was also displeased with other renovations at the property, the source said, not just in the living space.

“He was not happy with it,” said the source, who noted several loud, one-sided conversations with club management almost immediately ensued.

NOTE: It was Melania Trump, and her interior decorator, Tham Kannalikham, who selected many of the details on the renovations, however, not Mar-a-Lago staff, a fact of which Trump was well aware.

Tough times.

Maybe this will cheer him up. Even if it leaves the rest of us scratching our ungilded heads:

President Donald Trump has come out on top as Americans’ most-admired man for 2020, according to Gallup’s annual survey, ending former President Barack Obama’s 12-year run with the title.

This year’s poll results mark the first time Trump has won most-admired man on his own, after last year tying with Obama for the title…18 percent of the U.S. adults surveyed named Trump when asked which man “living anywhere in the world they admire most,” while 15 percent named Obama…

–Dana

41 Responses to “Tough Times For President Trump”

  1. SMDH.

    Dana (cc9481)

  2. As I noted in the other thread, but hey it’s a different source for the same information, that we’re behind on our vaccine roll out.

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/12/biden-condemns-trump-for-falling-short-on-vaccine-rollout.html

    But as you say Trump has different priorities:

    1) Staying president come what may, elections be damned,
    2) Interior decorating
    3) Golf.

    Not necessarily in that order.

    Victor (a225f9)

  3. Because an anonymous source gives a CNN story that extra oomph of credibility.

    beer ‘n pretzels (478ca6)

  4. If only he could be buying new million dollar plus properties and wind surfing with tech billionaires.

    Hoi Polloi (139bf6)

  5. Dana,

    please watch this video and then decide if your current topic is what is worthy of your focus.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/12/youre-talking-to-a-desperate-man.php

    President Trump is no longer President in less than a month. This tyranny isn’t ending. What should the owner do? What should his employees do? What should the health inspector do? What should the cops do? What should citizens do?

    Slavery or freedom?

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  6. Slavery or freedom?
    NJRob (eb56c3) — 12/29/2020 @ 7:35 pm

    Clearly the owner of Bread and Barley doesn’t contribute enough to the Democrat Party.

    Hoi Polloi (139bf6)

  7. Gallup is engaging in a clear case of massive polling fraud. The evidence is OBVIOUS!
    The government needs to confiscate Gallup’s polling machines and re-run this stolen poll.

    Paul Montagu (77c694)

  8. SHORTAGE OF 24-KARAT GOLD, MARBLE AND LOUIS XIV FURNISHINGS!

    What about the red wallpaper, tasseled lamp-shades, upright piano, and Jasmine for the girls? Were those taken care of?

    nk (1d9030)

  9. I really wonder what methodology Gallup uses to determine the “most admired man”. I mean, its only an 18 percent plurality here. Maybe they just don’t tabulate the numbers of those who dislike Trump.

    IMHO, the heavy gold gilded decor in Mar-A-Lago and in Trump’s penthouse residence in Trump Tower is so over the top, to where it detracts makes the whole decor itself considerably less upscale than in other high end residences with much more minimalist decor. Just my two cents.

    HCI (92ea66)

  10. My favorite part about Biden’s criticism of Trump’s handling of the vaccine rollout is that we’re hearing promises of 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days coming from a guy who served in the Administration who couldn’t manage to build a workable website for the Affordable Care Act even though they had four years to do so. Mr. Biden says that “This is going to be the greatest operational challenge we’ve ever faced as a nation but we are going to get it done. It’s going to take a vast new effort that is not yet underway.” Because if there is one thing a Democrat who has spent a half-century in Washington DC knows how to do, I suppose, is cut through red tape and make the bureaucracy into a streamlined functioning machine. (Yes, I am rolling my eyes right now.)

    But hey, I hope I am entirely wrong about the Biden Administration and they prove to be an amazing model of efficiency and alacrity. I’m just not going to bet on it.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  11. Regarding Trump’s decorations at Mar-a-Lago, I guess someone is going to be hanging out at Restoration Hardware pretty regularly come January 22.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  12. Did Trump “cut through red tape” when he dithered for a month while the development of a Covid test was being botched?

    Is Trump “cutting through red tape” right now? Between golf and watching Fox?

    Victor (a225f9)

  13. Did Trump “cut through red tape” when he dithered for a month while the development of a Covid test was being botched?

    Well, according to this and this they did ultimately loosen CDC restrictions. Would the Obama Administration political appointees have been willing to overrule the permanent bureaucrats and professional in-fighters? It seems kind of unlikely to me considering the reverence he seems to have had for bureaucratic protocols and processes (do you think they made health care procurement and management easier or more complex?), but who knows. Will the Biden Administration? Again, I hope we never have to find out.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  14. So you think that for a month Obama would have simply not cared that much that testing was a debacle? And you base that on the Affordable Care Act?

    Let alone actively downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic, and discouraging wearing masks? Obama’s administration left an actual plan for pandemics on Trump’s desk, which, the leftist rumor is got thrown in the trash.

    Victor (a225f9)

  15. Nah, Obummer and HWB, plus Reagan’s ghost would have looked at those first 10k deaths and said “where’s my 9 iron”. Because… It’s not like someone has been tweeting recently about the 300k deaths from H1N1, 500k from Ebola, and a full 1M people from SARS. Or maybe recent history exists, maybe that plan people keep talking about that Obummer left next to the toilet was a public document.

    If only there was a network that interconnected people from distances and held the vast store of knowledge of mankind. Imagine that world, if only. Maybe there could be a service crawled over the network and kept track of everything, like a spider, you could then just ask the spider 🕷️ to search for you. Spiders are icky, call it robot that chugs away on the network, an engine, if you will. A search engine, kind of a bad brand name though,with all millions of billions of pieces of information, heck a googol.

    Imagine searching a googol’s worth of data to just find a tidbit of information, maybe news,from the recent past to check.

    What a world, if only.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  16. https://nypost.com/2020/12/29/congressional-staffers-next-to-receive-covid-19-vaccine/

    Unelected officials more important than the elderly and high risk citizens. Some animals are more equal than others.

    NJRob (0248b2)

  17. the renovations, undertaken to make the approximately 3,000-square-foot space feel larger and updated in preparation for the Trumps’ post-White House life

    The world’s largest, and costliest, padded cell…

    Dave (1bb933)

  18. President Donald Trump has come out on top as Americans’ most-admired man for 2020, according to Gallup’s annual survey, ending former President Barack Obama’s 12-year run with the title.

    That’s a no-brainer. It’s easy for a person of character, intellect, education, and patriotism to be elected President. For a New York sewer rat who but for his daddy’s money would be short-changing customers at nudie shows, it’s downright remarkable.

    nk (1d9030)


  19. The Lead CNN
    @TheLeadCNN

    President Trump angered by Melania’s Mar-a-Lago renovations, sources say @KateBennett_DC reports
    __ _

    Stephen L. Miller
    @redsteeze

    I didn’t watch this. Was there a segment by chance on China jailing a COVID whistleblower and journalist Zhang Zhan over her reporting or was that somehow overlooked because of the new drapes at Mar a Lago? @Jaketapper
    __ _

    harkin (8fadc8)

  20. I do appreciate harkin’s point. News about China’s government, their success infiltrating a congressional office, their brutality against the press, that does seem far more important than some minor embarassing story about Trump.

    It’s the same reason Trump managed to get elected. His trashy life is entertaining to the people who watched paternity test reality shows, so it’s easy for the media to never stop. It’s a bizarro version of the royal family.

    I’m interested in what plan the administration had to get the vaccines out there. Regadless, it is awesome that millions of vaccines have already been administered to Americans. The frustration to get your vaccine will encourage more folks to take it when they get a chance. If in a month or two most elderly have been vaccinated, that could really slow down most of the tragedy. I know to a lot of people this is important because it either proves Trump bungled the roll-out or succeeded in getting us the vaccine, but we all know he wasn’t all that involved, and we all know the election is over. It’s important to focus on the positive. This vaccine is an honest surprise success.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  21. Did Trump “cut through red tape” when he dithered for a month while the development of a Covid test was being botched?

    Don’t you remember the photos of Trump hunched over his lab bench with his array of test tubes, scales, centrifuges, reagents, Bunsen burners, and beakers?

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  22. Gallup is engaging in a clear case of massive polling fraud. The evidence is OBVIOUS!

    Especially when Melania (she goes by one name now) was third behind Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  23. …. it is awesome that millions of vaccines have already been administered to Americans.

    Only 2M+ versus a planned 20M in December. OWS has a lot of catching up to do.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  24. Somehow I missed Trump’s personal comments about the Nashville bombing.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  25. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announces that he will back Trump’s coup when electoral votes are counted.

    Dave (1bb933)

  26. Oops

    Louis XIV? Trump is closer to Mad King Ludwig

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  27. Dave, this is good as it gives us a list of whom to primary.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  28. Todd Akin wasn’t this crazy.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  29. @29

    Todd Akin wasn’t this crazy.

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 12/30/2020 @ 9:54 am

    No, he wasn’t. He just had a “foot in his mouth” moment that you knew at the end of that interview he’d wanted back.

    I’m disappointed that Hawley would go down this path, but I get it from a political perspective as Missouri is still a Trumpy state. I still see freaking Trump rallys here….

    whembly (c30c83)

  30. I do appreciate harkin’s point. News about China’s government, their success infiltrating a congressional office, their brutality against the press, that does seem far more important than some minor embarassing story about Trump.

    This, and #5, make the point that there are indeed more important stories out there (that should concern us, and do). However, given that our host allows guest writers free rein to decide what we want to write about, I believe that anything involving Trump is newsworthy and I’m going to write about it. Even if it appears to be silly. However, in this case, it’s not just silly. The report of Trump’s behavior is consistent with his historical behavior: When he is unhappy with results, he throws a fit. He then proceeds to blame the wrong people for his disappointment. And then he threatens/pressures to fire them. We are seeing this same pattern of behavior play out on the major stage with his refusal to accept the election results, barking at the wrong people, and having a fit that the results are not to his liking. So even though it may seem like a throwaway post, it is yet another reflection of Trump.

    (Not to belabor the point, but there are some matters that require far more time to research than what I might have available. I put this post up at 6:30 last night between making dinner and working on some local political issues. Sometimes the availability of time and energy just isn’t there to do justice to certain complex issues that are happening. My hope is that the weekend open thread helps with said limitations.)

    Dana (cc9481)

  31. Here is the CNN segment on the jailed journalist that harkin’s tweet buddy, Stephen L. Miller, at comment 19 “missed”. https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/28/asia/china-journalist-zhang-zhan-intl-hnk/index.html Could you tweet it to him, harkin?

    Just Google “Zhang Zhan”. You’ll find more stories than anybody who voted for Trump could count. From news media large and small, print and electronic.

    Stephen L. Miller’s snark comes out of Trump’s diaper. As usual.

    nk (1d9030)

  32. Mad King Ludwig, from the Visconti film starring Helmut Berger. Romy Schneider reprises her career-making role as Sissi, but doesn’t appear in this clip.
    Berger’s Ludwig has a visible awareness of being not up to the responsibility, which is quite un-Trumpian. But Ludwig was Trumpian in being more interested in the aesthetics of his position than in the pedestrian details of governance — rather the opposite of Franz Josef (Sissi’s husband).

    Radegunda (b6cc34)

  33. @32 — I’m wondering how I managed to hear about that Chinese journalist if nobody was talking about it.

    Radegunda (b6cc34)

  34. That most admired man and most admired woman is tilted toward celebrity and always produces what sound like strange results.

    Barack Obama was winning it every year till 2018 – in 2019 he was in a tie with Trump.

    Sammy Finkelman (69aa73)

  35. That most admired man and most admired woman is tilted toward celebrity and always produces what sound like strange results.

    As I wrote in a comment about music, I would be worried about myself if I started equating best with most popular.

    Radegunda (b6cc34)

  36. I think “most admired” is a great measure of personality cults.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  37. R.I.P. Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island😪

    Icy (6abb50)

  38. Dave (1bb933) — 12/30/2020 @ 7:21 am

    The world’s largest, and costliest, padded cell…

    No, that’s where Ghislaine Maxwell is staying.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/28/nyregion/ghislaine-maxwell-bail.html

    In arguing against her release to home confinement, federal prosecutors contended that Ms. Maxwell did not have it so bad. She is released from her cell for 13 hours a day, has her own shower, phone and exclusive use of two computers — and even her own television, they wrote.

    “Those conditions set her far apart from general population inmates,” prosecutors wrote, “not to mention other inmates in protective custody.”

    Sammy Finkelman (69aa73)

  39. Mary Ann died of COVID.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  40. @39-
    Meanwhile the traitor Jonathan Pollard is welcomed as a hero by our “ally” Israel.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)


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