The Monday Memo

Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission. ― Zig Ziglar

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Women’s World Cup
  • Fox News Live in France
  • Salute to America

Women’s World Cup:

We are the champions! The U.S. Women’s National Team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to win the 2019 World Cup. This was a record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row.

Co-Captain Megan Rapinoe scored a goal on a penalty kick in the 61st minute to give the USA a 1-0 lead in the second half. Rose Lavelle scored again in the 69th minute for the USA and the party started.

I figured Rapinoe’s goal would send President Trump on a Twitter rant since he had some bad things to say about her earlier in the tournament after she said she would not visit the White House. She also does not sing the National Anthem or place her hand on her heart. Trump withheld his negative comments and congratulated the team for the victory – two hours after they won.

White House visit or not, on Wednesday the team will get a big parade in New York City.

Congratulations to these ladies – now they need to be paid equally with the men’s team.

Fox News Live in France

USA Today and others are reporting that Fox News sent its foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot to a Lyon sports bar to report on the World Cup final’s postgame scene, and the fans — knowing that reporter was from Fox News — had their own message for the network’s live shot.

When Palkot was on the air, a U.S. fan in the background shouted, “(expletive) Trump!” And much of the bar joined in to the point where it was clearly audible on the broadcast.

Salute to America:

I missed President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” event on Independence Day, but it seemed his line about the Army in 1775 taking over the airports set Twitter on fire. Here is the full quote from the White House website:

In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, Commander-in-Chief.

The Continental Army suffered the bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.

Our Army manned the air (inaudible), it rammed the ramparts. It took over the airports. It did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their Star Spangled Banner waved defiant.

There were several hilarious posts on Twitter and Facebook about the airport line and a few about the Star Spangled Banner and Fort McHenry line. Here are some that made me laugh:

In 1776 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. It would have been 59 but three were stranded at the Philadelphia airport.

Then there was a note from George Washington to Martha:

Dearest Martha:
My flight has been delayed. I swear when we take this country I shall change it from British Airways to American Airlines.
I am waiting at Cinnabon now.
Love, George

Then there was one with the photo showing Washington crossing the Delaware with the caption, “Onward to LaGuardia.” Others showed the same photo with the caption, “Onward to JFK.”

One person commented that he had been saving all his airline miles since 1776.

Then there was THIS.