Trump could be the chief of state, just as Queen Elizabeth is chief of state of Great Britain. In that capacity, he could pose for photographs in the Oval Office, preside over state dinners, deliver the State of the Union addresses, and enjoy the limos, the helicopters, the Marine guards, Air Force One, “Hail to the Chief” and all the other ruffles and flourishes that come with being president. Such accoutrements ought to be enough to satisfy even a man of his colossal ego.
The reporter’s first question was whether Melania Trump was guilty of plagiarism.
Essentially, I said no and yes. The fact that Mrs. Trump used the same clichés and stock phrases as Mrs. Obama—such as “your word is your bond,” “do what you say,” or “treat people with respect”—is not plagiarism.
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When Donald Trump launched his campaign over a year ago with racist and xenophobic language, a number of different commentators cautioned against the gradual “normalization” of Donald Trump and his viewpoints. There were valid concerns that continued media exposure would mitigate the shock factor, dampening the visceral reactions against the hateful rhetoric he spews.
Challenges, Lagarde said, are low growth, rising inequality, and falling numbers of jobs. Resolve these three stumbling blocks and we may get the world to work better. The IMF alone cannot do it, nor even the IMF, World Bank, U.S. Government, OECD, European Union, United Nations together. We can’t channel the human mind to a higher level anytime soon, but we’d better tackle those three bugbears or we’re all sunk. The wealthy with the others.
Houston’s superlative Gilbert and Sullivan Society will give six performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida between July 22 and July 31. If the preview I saw at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Pub is any indication of what is to come, audiences can look forward to performances that combine fine singing with nimble comic turns.