Withe the national spelling bee happening this week, I’d love to hear the following exchange:
Moderator – your word is ‘covfefe’
Kid – can you give me a definition, word derivation and use it in a sentence?
Moderator – uh, not really because it’s complete gibberish….but Trump used it in a tweet the other day.
Kid – oh, sure….covfefe…..C-O-V-F-E-F-E…covfefe.
I know the right defends the inane tweets that come from the president and his mis-tweets as just something a regular person would do, but that’s why I have a problem. This isn’t a regular person we’re talking about, it’s the president of the United States. The person in that office is supposed to instill confidence, pride and patriotism in an entire nation with every word, deed and action. Is it petty for me to pick on a president’s mis-spellings, mis-cues and gaffes? No, he’s the president, and if my president doesn’t know grammar, syntax or how to spell, how can I think he knows how to run a country? Even though he imfamously said, “I know words. I have the best words” his actions speak louder than, well, words.
Does anyone remember Dan Quayle? Sure, VP under Bush 41…but all anyone remembers about him is spelling potato with an ‘e’ at the end. He was a laughingstock for an innocent spelling error and looked at as being a buffoon for the rest of his career.
But it’s not just spelling. When you hear him speak, you can tell when he goes ‘off-promter’. When he sounds coherant and strings words together for complete sentence, he’s on-prompter. When he repeats a word or phrase 2-3 times, then ends the sentences with a superlative of some sort, he’s adlibbing. And it sounds so amatuerish and insincere.
He has the best words? How about when the concert hall in Manchester was attacked and 22 people killed. Trump’s eloquent response was to call the terrorist and his co-horts ‘evil losers’. He went on to say, “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name. I will call them, from now on, ‘losers’ because that’s what they are. Losers.” I honestly don’t know what to say. When I re-read that I had the same faceplam reaction I had then….you gotta be kidding me. The first guy out in the 5th grade dodgeball game is a loser….a terrorist who killed 22 people is a little more than that. Throughout time, whenever tragedy strikes, the leaders of our nations have tried to calm our fears with elequence. This didn’t do it. I’m surprised he didn’t also call them nutjobs and whackos. Those are high on his list of zingers.
More eloquence? When he was in Israel and visited the Holocaust memorial and museum, he wrote in the guest book, ““IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS — SO AMAZING & WILL NEVER FORGET!” Fine…although ‘So amazing’ is not a normal way to reference such a solemn place. What did Obama write 8 years earlier? “I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution. At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again’. And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.” That’s eloquence.
I’m sure I don’t always use ‘the best words’ and I’m sure if you check close enough to this blog you’ll find spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. You know what, I’m a DJ in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, so what would you expect? The president of the United States? I expect WAAAAAY more than that from him.