Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Go Ahead, Walk Right Out of This Lousy Gig!…

[… Crosses fingers…]

Quote’s from a long Sports Illustrated article, which doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. Difference now is Trump’s non-stop granular pettiness and narcissism are being shared with an audience that probably doesn’t approve of #Resistance.

(Note date below– the Trump Time-Travel Curse strikes again)…

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    Aimai says:

    I said it below but it bears repeating:Kelley will not be able to prevent Trump from seeing whoever he wants or making phone calls to putin or buckling down to work in the ivsl office. Trump can not be alone with the gaping narcissistic void at his core. If kelly needs to “approve” visitors Trump will need Kelly to suck up to him full time. Or he will flee the white house permanently.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Insomnia really blows.

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    sukabi says:

    @Aimai: yep. And neither one of those scenarios will work for either Kelly or Drumpf.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Whatever it is that Donald tweets tomorrow…someone will find the anti-tweet from the past.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Michael Fullilove took the opportunity of a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra to provide a swingeing assessment of the American president’s performance, casting Trump as the “lord of misrule” presiding over a White House entourage “animated by egomania and narcissism and marked by coarseness and ill-discipline”.

    Fullilove said Trump was a radical departure from US presidents since the 1930s who had seen the advantages of global leadership. “Mr Trump presents a very different face to the international community.”

    “He is not persuaded that America does well when others do well. In fact, he seems to prefer that others do badly,” he said on Wednesday.

    “A lot of Australians will find the prospect of dealing with, working with, Mr Trump distasteful but we need to grimace and bear it”.

    “The alternative – to turn away from the United States and let Mr Trump’s instincts have full rein – would be self-defeating”.

    Fullilove said the character of the man in the White House meant the relationship could not be business as usual: “Our officials will need to apply a discount factor to what Mr Trump says.

    “They will need to work with great diligence through other parts of the US system including the congress, the agencies and the military.

    “Just because we are affirming the alliance does not mean that we should go along with Mr Trump’s every whim.

    “Rather, we should add our voices to those in Washington and other allied capitals who are counselling prudence. We should try to nudge the Trump Administration in the direction of normality.

    “We must do what we can in conjunction with our friends to stop America from going full Trump.

    “We will need to be a busy ally,” he said.

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    jl says:

    Contra the extract, I don’t think Trump is ‘at his most unguarded’ with the chumps, sad sacks and bozos with excess funds who pay to be in his exclusive clubs. I think he says whatever comes into his head that he thinks will impress them. So, calling the WH a dump and implying that he is too good for the place fits. Even if he thinks the WH is a low class dive, I think he said it to impress his cronies.

    The link says that Trump is such a lazy slob that he drives his golf cart onto the greens and the tees. Man, his precious battery must really need conserving. I don’t like anything about golf, except the genteel atmosphere, which I think is a hoot, but that is a serious disgrace to the sport, even if it is a silly one. Silly sports need some self-respect too.

    I do like golf courses, even if I don’t like golf. When I was a boy scout, for a while we held our meetings at the club house of a broken down old public course that was closing down soon. We’d play capture the flag on the golf course. That was fun, and the night games were great. All golf courses should be put to good uses like that. Real golfers should be thankful for the fun new hazards that are created thereby.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Watching an old Julia Child and Jacques Pepin program, and they are scrambling an ostrich egg. One egg is enough to feed six people! On the inside, it looks just like a giant chicken egg.

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    jl says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    ” On the inside, it looks just like a giant chicken egg. ”
    Whew, that’s a relief. It damn well better look like that if anyone is going to eat it.

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    SWMBO says:

    @Betty Cracker: One of my favorite shows was called “Dinner for the Boss”. It was a huge beef roast and sides. She was drinking what looked like iced tea. Then she got to dessert. Chocolate Bourbon Balls. I remember her melting chocolate and butter and heavy cream in a double boiler. Then she slowly added the bourbon from the bottle. Then she topped off her glass. By the end of the show her kitchen was spinning and she had to hang on to counter to keep it still. One of my favorite shows.

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    sukabi says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: someone should figure out a way to insert his ‘vintage’ tweets into his current timeline. Especially the ones like above.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @SWMBO: I’m gonna have to look that one up! One thing I like about these old shows is that they’re not overly edited. They fuck up and spill stuff — just like real people!

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    jl says:

    @sukabi: Scientists should study the weird phenom of Trump tweetanglment, where tweets from years in the past create perfectly matched anti-tweets now. It is very spooky.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @SWMBO: Julia was known for missing the wagon.

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    MomSense says:


    I loved her show. I just read the other day that Queen Elizabeth enjoys four cocktails every day. She drinks her first at lunch. Now we know why she always has that sweet, little smirk.

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    sukabi says:

    @jl: maybe the Russian meddling ripped a hole in the space – time continuum…

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    eclare says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Agree, has affected me lately, getting older sucks, so sorry.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @MomSense: Allegedly, her mother drank like a fish and directed servants to hide bottles of gin in hatboxes for road trips. She once said, “I’d never get through all my engagements without a little something.” Lived to be 101.

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    eclare says:

    @Betty Cracker: Yes, we would all be good to get along as well as the Queen Mum did til she was 101. And Queen Elizabeth still rides horses, last I saw.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Speaking of old people, I was driving my very elderly gran somewhere this weekend, in the same car I’ve chauffeured her in for several years now, and out of the blue, she says: “I like this car! What kind is it? A Packard?”

    My auntie in the backseat and I laughed our heads off!

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    eclare says:

    @Betty Cracker: A Packard? What the hell do you drive? Laughing…..

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    TriassicSands says:


    I don’t like anything about golf, except the genteel atmosphere…

    I don’t know if this is included in your reference to a “genteel atmosphere,” but professional golf probably has the highest standard of honesty of any sport. If a player accidentally steps near his (or her) ball and it moves a millimeter (and no one else sees it) the golfer will almost certainly report the infraction and take the penalty even though there was no intentional act and no advantage realized. That makes it ironic that golf is Trump’s chosen pastime. I have no doubt he cheats constantly. It’s who he is.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Betty Cracker: My old man, in his Alzheimered state, said some of the funniest shit I ever heard. Sad, but oh so knee slapping funny.

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    @OzarkHillbilly: Republicans think of life as a zero sum affair; from me to do well, means someone else must do poorly.

    ETA: Trump’s whole aversion to exercise is the application of the same principle.

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    Brachiator says:


    .. . So, calling the WH a dump and implying that he is too good for the place fits. Even if he thinks the WH is a low class dive, I think he said it to impress his cronies.

    There’s something else at play here. Trump loves an audience. He needs an audience. And we’ve had a few modern presidents from wealthy families whose private homes may have been superior to the White House. But they still treated the White House as a special, sacred place. The people’s house. Trump treats it as though it was a tacky acquisition, a fixer upper that might look a little better if it were painted gold.

    And he does this not just to impress the chumps, but to aggrandize himself. And he is totally unaware of the insecurity and the pettiness at the heart of his remarks.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Brachiator: I think of all the crap I’ve heard today from Trump, this comment about the WH being a dump makes me the most angry. I know that’s irrational but for some reason that’s the worst thing in my mind, for today, and I’m plenty angry about other things like the proposed investigation of Affirmative Action.

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    sm*t cl*de says:


    Our officials will need to apply a discount factor to what Mr Trump says.

    That is a polite way of saying “POTUS’ word is worthless and if his facehole is open then lies are falling out of it”. One seldom encounters Australians displaying such diplomacy.

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    NotMax says:


    As opposed to Catherine the Great, who (it is said) had horses ride her.

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    sm*t cl*de says:


    I have no doubt he cheats constantly.

    It’s not “cheating” to keep hitting balls until one goes vaguely in the direction you want. That’s just “club-owner’s privilege”.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Trump doesn’t realise that, as long as he is President, the nation he’s supposed to be serving is not just his boss but also his landlord. Also too, no self-respecting nation would make a dump its presidential palace. To insult the White House, whose domestic staff work hard to make it a very nice place for him to live and entertain the nation’s guests, is to insult America. You are quite right to be angry.

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    p.a. says:

    Sure am glad the WH residential staff will never hear him call their place a dump.

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    NotMax says:


    Not enough escalators.

    Or applause machines.

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    Joyce Harmon says:


    I think of all the crap I’ve heard today from Trump, this comment about the WH being a dump makes me the most angry.

    Me too! Like, how DARE he! Tacky tacky man with awful tacky taste. But I think I’ve identified why he felt it necessary to say such a thing. (Besides him having awful gangsterish taste, I mean.) As it turns out, the Vanity Fair review of the Trump International Hotel (that’s the one on PA Ave in DC that used to be the Old Post Office, and he’s hideously proud of it) called it a ‘frightful dump’. “No dump, no dump, YOU’RE the dump!” – right? Oh, and Luxury Travel Intelligence called the decor ‘garish’ and concluded “This place is not for the true discerning luxury traveller.” Ouch.

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    Lurking Canadian says:

    I suspect Trump’s view that the White House is a “dump” owes as much to the fact that a Black family used to live there and nobody will let him bring in Russian hookers to pee everywhere.

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    @Lurking Canadian: It’s public housing, ‘those people’ live in public housing.

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    Quinerly says:

    Thanks for this post and link.

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    Quinerly says:

    I’m with you on being angry. The comment hit a nerve that hasn’t been hit or that I didn’t even know I had. I’m furious.

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    bemused says:

    No wonder Trump golfs so much. It’s his comfort zone being among the “special people, his real group”. Reminded me of GW Bush joking at Al Smith Dinner in 2000. Bush said the audience was an impressive crowd, “the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base.”
    Granted, being “humorous” at the dinner is a tradition but I remember that “joke” rubbed me the wrong way and has stuck in my mind.
    When people tell you who they are, believe them, especially Republicans.

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    TriassicSands says:

    @Joyce Harmon:

    There is no peak Trump, though trough Trump is probably more accurate. Peak sounds too much like it might be associated with something positive, and it is impossible for me to associate Trump with anything positive. The soiling of the office continues without rest.

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    Kristine says:

    @NotMax: My comment over on Twitter was ‘not enough gold leaf.’

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    MomSense says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    That’s fantastic. I always did like the Queen Mum.

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    misterpuff says:

    The people’s house. Trump treats it as though it was a tacky acquisition, a fixer upper that might look a little better if it were painted gold.

    Well, its government housing and ya know, the previous occupant…/subtext

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    Westyny says:

    @NotMax: in Russia, horse ride you!

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    psychobroad says:

    @Betty Cracker: My grandmother learned to drive in a Packard, around 1915 or so.

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