A SURREAL DAY – Garry Armstrong

“This has to be one of the most surreal days in a surreal administration,”   CNN Anchor Jake Tapper offered this assessment, opening the late afternoon segment of his newscast.

Tapper was referring to rapper Kanye West’s bro-mance visit to the Oval Office today. Rambling and profane, West’s rant apparently left Commander-In-Chief 45 speechless,  a formidable accomplishment in itself.  The West-Trump bro hug was the perfect photo-op in a scenario that ventured where even Mel Brooks would not go.

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 11: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images)

West, presumably speaking for some segment of the Nation’s African-American populace, had nothing but praise and atta-boys for the President who sat with a broad smirk on his face as West delivered rambling compliments.  On the surface,  it seemed like a  boost for a racially divisive administration with the midterm elections less than two weeks away. Kanye West, to be kind, is not generally held in high regard by people of color.   Music?  Yes.   Politics and all things concerning civil rights, NO.  It’s a given that Kanye West’s high-profile salute of Commander 45 will have “legs” and be on a continuous loop for GOP spinmeisters. It’ll be fodder for the late-night comics, but who’ll have the last laugh?

I wouldn’t be surprised to see clips of Kanye West, in his MAGA baseball cap, pop up frequently as GOP candidates shift into high gear for votes with the days dwindling down to a precious few.

It’s shrewd politics on a day when most of our attention is focused on Hurricane Michael’s devastating wrath.  Once the major newscasts wrap their hurricane coverage,  the Kanye West story will get lots of play.  It’s win-win for the administration trying to spin away from the residual anger and bitterness that surrounds Brett Kavanagh’s Supreme Court nomination.

All the Kanye jokes will play well in the Trump hinterlands where minorities are regarded as fools or tools whose collective cord isn’t long enough to reach the socket.

Here’s hoping the political reporters and commentators are shrewd enough to dissect the controversial rapper’s White House rapport for what it is.  A one-way love affair with between two mentally defective guys who will do anything for attention — with no real affection from the West Wing where they are probably snickering over their cheeseburgers and smoothies.

Yes, it’s a surreal day but it’s also a sad day.  Time for some encore plays of “Send In The Clowns”.



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59 replies

  1. Something between WOW and Uffda!!

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  2. Even the media wasn’t sure how to cover this. Objectively.
    Just let the cameras roll and stand back I guess.
    LOL !!

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  3. I have nothing. I’m so bamboozled. We have lovely sun here, warmer than most autumn days which have gradually cooled, but absolutely glorious. Sending some your way 😊

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  4. We are watching, a little dismayed.
    Leslie

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  5. Love “ye’s” dyed to match hair. As I watched bits of this I thought, “Who are these people that I should care?”

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  6. “Send In The Clowns” began playing on a loop in November of 2015. Somebody just keeps turning up the volume. 😕

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    • Omni, I was pondering saomething to write as I popped on the boob and saw the sideshow unfold and write the piece for me. My fingers couldn’t keep pace with the bizarro White House scene.

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  7. Point to a day, any day, in the Trump world that has not had its surreal moments. Yes, some such moments are more surreal than others, but few are not surreal at all.

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  8. Can’t we “send OUT the clowns”? The oval office definitely took on the look of a circus today!

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