Another day at the office…

A day when the shockers became the shockees?

Or was it the other way around when Chief of Staff John Kelly, billed as the new sheriff in the White House, expressed “shock” that Rob Porter could have socked his wife in the eye. He had known about it for months.

Kelly, after all, had already profusely befriended Porter as a “confidant and trusted professional” during Porter’s days as the White House staff secretary that ended today with his resignation when his current wife revealed a photo claiming that Porter was the perp. The bruised face zoomed to the top of charts on TV and in many newspapers.

Such notoriety is not as easily expressed in a White House that generates so many red alerts on President Trump and his teammates. Kelly, after all, was still trying to dodge questions about his description of the “lazy asses” of Dreamers who didn’t sign up for DACA. You may recall that the same John Kelly had described a congresswoman as the amplified noise in an empty barrel for trying to correct something he had wrongly said.

But President trump, never at a loss to huff away bad news with fresh ideas to make America Great, turned to his gunwales to stage a military parade that would be bigger than the one for Bastille Day in France.

(It was an instant reminder of the one that Dennis Kucinich, as Cleveland mayor assembled to silence critics that the city wasn’t prepared to handle a heavy snow. Standing near the mayor, I could sense his enormous delight as every piece of mechanized city equipment – plowers, trucks and wherever else with four wheels – rumbled past City Hall in review to prove that Cleveland was indeed prepared.)

On the other hand, as a confused and prepared instrument of budgetary restraint, congress continued to wrestle with deficits as Bigger Button Trump (surely you remember) ordered preliminaries for a multi- million dollar exhibition of how he is pursuing greatness. (The parade’s cost of maybe $25 million would, of course, exclude all of the cost overruns by Trump pals that would surely emerge once the last drum and bugle was heard.)

I will now await his promise that Mexico will pay for the parade.

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As I witness Trump’s chest pounding military therapy, we have to ask why he would dare bring up the subject that would surely revive questions about his own privileged absence from military service. He attributed five deferments to bone spurs in his foot, but couldn’t remember which foot. So I’ll leave this comment to Sen. Tammy Duckworth,who lost both legs in combat, responding to Trump’s gross reference to Congressional Democrats as “unAmerican traItors.” :

“We don’t live in a dictatorship or a monarchy. I swore an oath – in the military and in the Senate – to preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap.”