…those Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethons. They’d start Sunday night at 9:00 or so and run all the way to dinnertime Monday. We’d make fun of Jerry himself, but never his cause or his passion or his motives to cure Muscular Dystrophy.
The entertainment was cheezy, the toteboard was manipulated, but who cared? In the end, he’d raised over $2 billion for the service and research programs of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Known for his titanic ego, Lewis never considered running for public office, thank God, as his reasoning for being a Trump supporter is this: “I think he’s great…. because he’s a showman…. and we’ve never had a showman in the President’s chair….” I now admit I only want to see Trump’s tax returns because I want to see how much he donated every year to MD to find a cure for Jerry’s Kids.
Earlier in that short clip from December of 2015 Lewis talks of ISIS and other world crises. Here in September, President Obama spoke of the difficulties in brokering a cease-fire in Syria after a 90-minute meeting with Trump surrogate Vladimir Putin. “Given the gaps of trust that exist, that’s a tough negotiation, and we’ve haven’t yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work,” Mr. Obama declared at a news conference. Well, well, well… conventional wisdom now says since Obama now resides in Lameduckville, the world is waiting to see how Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina vote in November to see who the next prez up will be. But the master… the man whose 100% ghostwritten best-seller “The Art of the Deal”… the ghostwriter Tony Schwartz will go to his grave regretting the BS job he did all those years ago … has a different point of view worth noting, via the Twitter Feed That Cannot Be Killed…
I always thought…. and I thought one of Donald’s rules of dealmaking was… that you walk away from the table rather than make a bad deal just for the sake of making a deal. Could it possibly, maybe, within the realm of thought, be that no matter what Obama did with Putin that Trump would criticize it? If he made a deal it would be a “cave-in” to Putin. If there’s no deal it’s because Obama would only make a deal if it were a “bad deal,” like that Iran nuclear thingie. Or maybe Paul Manafort left the campaign to be free to broker a future arrangement where President Trump would cut the same bargain with Putin that Obama turned down but then trumpet the Triumph of the Deal, possibly a new book title! Baked into his cake, Trump would blab it as his October Surprise on Twitter.
Meanwhile this is Trump earlier in the weekend in Detroit, where I’m surprised he didn’t alter his walk-on music to a Motown classic with a militant theme like “Ball of Confusion” by the Temptations.
The Times of Israel, covering the reaction on social media presented “both sides” of the issue: “… while some mocked the image of a Protestant presidential candidate receiving a Jewish tallit from a Christian pastor, others saw the incident as pandering to both Jewish and African-American voters.” I, as always, choose to see the positive and now assume Donald is beginning to study in earnest for his Bar Mitzvah, which he will be eligible for when he is 83, a scant 13 years from now. Not really but it’s Trump, his daughter’s the convert, not him, and he never follows the rules. Can’t wait for the party afterwards!