Monday’s Quick Hits

I’m the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters. – Donald Trump

Today I take a look at Trump’s Inauguration Speech, The Crowd Size, Alternative Facts, Betsy DeVos, Women’s March, and much more!

Trump’s Inauguration Speech:

I thought President Trump’s inauguration speech was more of a campaign speech than a speech to unify America. You can read his speech HERE.

It was a short speech, which was good. It was not delivered well by Trump, but he is not yet good at reading from a teleprompter.

Probably the best way to describe the speech is “America First” which is a good thing – but that has been promised over and over before. The following lines were my favorites:

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

Best of luck to the Trump Administration.

The Crowd Size:

I guess size does matter to the Trump Administration. They were angered by estimates of the crowd size at the inauguration. NBC News reported this:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered the press to deliver a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued multiple falsehoods, declaring erroneously the number of people who used the D.C. metro on Friday, that there was a change in security measures this year and that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”

It’s amazing that of all the things going on in the world, the White House decides to gather the press for this.

Since it was raining and wet and chilly, I guess there could be shrinkage of the crowd size…

Alternative Facts:

The crowd size issue also spilled onto “Meet the Press” on Sunday where Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave “alternative facts” when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as “the largest ever” during his first appearance before the press this weekend.”

After that show, “Alternative Facts” started trending on Twitter.

Lord help us.

Betsy DeVos – Education Secretary:

DeVos is President Trump’s choice to be the next Secretary of Education. She attended a private high school and a private college. It’s been reported that she is in favor of school vouchers and charter schools.

Many folks are worried about DeVos – especially teachers unions. DeVos had a rocky hearing in the U.S. Senate where many folks believe she is not qualified to be Secretary of Education.

There are far better-qualified people whom Trump could pick.

The senate should not confirm Betsy DeVos.

Shout Out:

Applause to the 10,000 people who showed up in Helena (MT) Saturday for the Women’s March. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Keep the momentum going!

 

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2 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Crowd Size:
    Why is the media fixated on size when it comes to Trump. If it weren’t for 2 football games on Sunday, the media spent the majority of their airtime on the size of the crowd. No one at the Park Service monitors crowd size. An interesting meme out there showed the difference between Bush Obama (twice) and Trump attendance. Obama had higher estimates then the other two. My take is this. Conservatives that voted for Trump are predominately from the middle of the country, are working middle class and would not spend the money to time to attend. Likewise, those who voted for Obama twice are coast dwellers, certainly little or no expense to attend. So the numbers make sense.

    The rub is that the media felt this was a major issue, which it is not and has no bearing on anything of importance. All they did is feed the oppositions base with nonsense. Thank goodness for terrible lopsided football games.

    • Barry – Maybe the better question would be “Why is Trump so fixated on size?” He’s bragged about rally sizes, his wealth, his plane, and sizes of other things (like his hands) throughout his campaign.

      The thing I agree with you about is it is not important, but Trump for some silly reason sent his press secretary out to argue about it. That was a dumb move.

      Thanks for your comments!

      -JmB

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