Lighter than Freon Late-Night Open Thread: Cheeseball Decor for A Spray-Cheez ‘President’

Per the Washington Post:

… “This masterpiece is hanging at the White House,” Kimmel said, barely able to contain his laughter…

“There are only three living people in this painting,” he said. “Two of them hate Donald Trump. The other one is Donald Trump.” He added: “What a beautifully crafted piece of narcissism.”…

“It’s hard to figure out which piece of insanity to focus on,” Kimmel said, “the fact that Richard Nixon and Abraham Lincoln, in this scenario, are friends or that Donald Trump weighs less than 200 pounds in this painting.”…

“Ironic”, my flabby Irish arse, Vanity Fair. Trump’s got this print hanging where he and the rest of the world can see it because he likes it.

So what’s going on here? Why is President Trump, a man of taste, a man who would not do this without good reason, doing this? One word, two syllables: midterms. The midterms! He’s doing a thing where he pretends to be gauche and self-obsessed to expose all the snobs right before the midterms, and laughs and laughs, much like noted good-time guy Richard Nixon in this painting. He’s exposing all the snobby snobs as they come out of the woodwork to yell at the top of their blown gaskets, “It’s too easy! You’re making it too easy to laugh at you, and it’s actually exasperating at this point!”

It’s that, or President Trump thinks that the portrait depicts actual events, and so it’s a very important historical piece to have in his home. It’s a toss-up, really.

I’m sure the artist is a very nice man, but if Trump had the merest modicum of taste, he’d support the guy who created it, beyond hanging a cheap copy some fellow grifter gave him. I own art prints, and even collector plates, but if by some unimaginable catastrophe I end up with Oval Office privileges, you can be damn sure I’ll at least upgrade to a nice original… assuming I can’t persuade the artist into a commission!

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    Ruckus says:

    We are the laughing stock of the entire universe. Shame is that the person responsible has no idea that people every are laughing at him and at the voters of this country. I’d bet they are hoping that we flame out and ask for our nickels back, because right now, as a country we aren’t worth more than a plug nickel. If we win in November, and I think/hope we do, it still isn’t close to over, this epic nightmare. We still have to get his ass thrown out and that will be over BK’s dead body. We know that the state level goons will do everything possible to block, obstruct, steal this election, because they know what should and hopefully will happen if they lose.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    His social and aesthetic illiteracy is like the scene of “The In-Laws (1979)” come to life (photo)

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    What was the name of that “artist” who paints truly bizarre scenes featuring Trump? I think some of his “art” was featured on this here fine blog within the last year or so. Anyway, the artwork featured above, while a bit strange, is nowhere as strange as the “art” produced by that other dude. Also, too, Gerald Ford, as depicted in the above painting looks a lot like one of my former students, and it is really freaking me.

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Jon McNaughton

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    Duane says:

    Pretty sure that’s Putin on the right in back.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Also, too, Al Agnew has some pretty amazing paintings. Why was he linked to? From the information available only in the post above, one might suppose Mr. Agnew was the artist of the piece with the GOP presidents. I clicked on the link that leads to the Washington Post, but I could not read the article in question. I was able to read the article in Vanity Fair, and I discovered that Mr. Agnew was not the creator of the presidents playing poker.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    @Chetan Murthy: Thanks. I had his first name wrong, and had misspelled his last name. As a result, my brief google search did not turn up anything useful for this discussion.

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    @Jerzy Russian:

    I had his first name wrong, and had misspelled his last name. As a result, my brief google search did not turn up anything useful

    You’ll have that.

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    ThresherK says:

    Wasn’t Eisenhower known to dabble in paint-by-numbers?

    I’d rather see an original Ike in the WH than this. It looks like something from the Tumblr AGoodCartoon.

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    NotMax says:

    Guess Melania told him the version painted on black velvet clashed with the decor.

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    NotMax says:

    To take a cue from Colbert, this isn’t painting, it’s paintiness.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    It looks like the Presidential version of Dogs Playing Poker. And taste? Has he taken a look at Trump’s Tower Apartment? Nobody in that household has taste or even a clue what taste might look like.

    This will be the first Presidential-or Presidentially owned-painting that gets burned on purpose by the next Administration. Indeed the signs of things getting back to sanity will be the day that thing gets “lost” by the Smithsonian.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Jerzy Russian: I really like Al Agnew’s paintings! I own some of his prints, and even a couple collector plates, because that’s what I can afford — even though his originals are better than the reproductions.

    If I had any portion of the money Trump claims he has — or the fund-raising prowess any Oval Office occupant can command — I’d be buying Agnew originals, not least because the artist deserves the money. But Trump is a cheezy broke-arse bastid, and he’s more comfortable with gift-shop reproductions, especially if they’re “gifts” (tribute from his GOP ‘allies’). As with every other part of Trump’s career, he goes for cut-rate signifiers because the real thing is too threatening.

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    if by some unimaginable catastrophe I end up with Oval Office privileges, you can be damn sure I’ll at least upgrade to a nice original

    Yeah, well this is the guy who hangs a fake Renoir in his house and tries to convince people that it’s an original.
    Or, God help us, actually thinks it is real.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @John Revolta: Wait, Trump did that? I hadn’t heard that story.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Anne Laurie: I was just looking at his stuff and some of it had an Ozarkian flavor to it. Sure enough,

    He and his wife Mary split their time between rural Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri and a log home in Paradise Valley, Montana.

    just a hop, a skip, and a jump from me. Grew up in Misery, in fact.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @opiejeanne: I just looked it up. Hoo, boy, he has two fake Renoirs and tells people they are real.

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    p.a. says:

    I like the one of jesus in the oval office leaning over tRump as he signs a bill. Believe the caption was “I got this.” Won’t link, no one needs a morning sick.

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    Xenos says:

    What is with the tabletop? Are those lines of coke, or just poorly rendered paper cocktail napkins?

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    Olson Johnson says:

    Not sure who did this (a small watermark on the back of Kavanaugh’s chair says “W.Stanton18”), but it’s brilliant. The group around the table includes Spacey, Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K, O’Reilly and Woody Allen.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @p.a.: Awww c’mon, please???? I could use a good morning puke.

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    JoyceH says:


    Has he taken a look at Trump’s Tower Apartment? Nobody in that household has taste or even a clue what taste might look like.

    Boy howdy! You write my thoughts. When the Vanity Fair author referred to Trump as ‘a man of taste’, I let out such a shrill noise of incredulity! The Trump Tower penthouse? That craptacular gilt mausoleum is pure Dictator Chic. The only Americans who like that style are gangsters. (Gangsters, and Trump – but I repeat myself.)

    And speaking of gangsters, did anyone else notice Trump’s nonchalance when Leslie Stahl asked him about Kim’s atrocities? Same as we saw when Putin’s crimes are mentioned. He seems to be baffled that the question is even being asked, as if it’s totally commonplace that of COURSE when you’re a country’s ruler, you get to have people whacked.

    Not that I think Trump has assembled a presidential hit squad, but I’d bet good money that in oval office discussions about a problem ruler in this or that country, he’s suggested, “Well, let’s just kill him then,” and had to have it explained that no, presidents can’t just order people murdered.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    Trump as ‘a man of taste’

    Sarcasm meters in need of calibration.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @raven: It’s interesting that Kemp gets to thwart the efforts of voters to support his opponent ie to the position he holds. How nice for him.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    There used to be a “joke,” back before the Voting Rights Act kicked in. Literacy tests were in vogue for assuring that voters could read and were white. In a small Georgia courthouse somewhere in the rural reaches, an old black man appears at the board of elections to register. He is told that he will have to pass a literacy test and is handed something to read, which, as it turns out, is a Chinese newspaper. The old man scrutinizes the paper for a while, and then is asked if he can read it. To their surprise, he nods affirmatively. “Well, what does it say?” they ask. He responds, “It says ain’t no Negroes voting in this county.”

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    Tinare says:

    As my momma used to say, “all of his taste is in his mouth.”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @p.a.: Jesus is just making sure trump can’t grab any women by the pu$$y.

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    Immanentize says:

    Hello All. No morning thread, I guess.

    People are going to know elections were stolen, unlike forty years ago. There will be proof of discarded ballots, ballots not counted, etc. What then?

    Well, I guess Texas ballot box 13 was pretty raw evidence….

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    @Immanentize: The morning thread is there now though I had to click on the BJ symbol at the top of the page to get it. It even has comments though my front page says it has 0.

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    That thing is real? Cats in a fracking handbag, I thought it was a spoof. And here it is hanging in shitgibbons office.

    Oscar Wilde, where are you now ….

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    Ken Shabby says:

    @Jerzy Russian:

    Dead people playing cards is freaking me. With a slob, who welshes on bets. Hope that’s real money on the table because, otherwise, no winners get paid. And Orange Bowel Product (aka Smiling Carrot) will lose.
    “If you’re sitting at the table, wondering who the Chump is, it’s You.”

    The artist is a looney.

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    Ken Shabby says:


    “Either that painting goes or, I do.”

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    Ken Shabby says:


    Thank you, Supreme Court.

    As Mr. Pierce would say, in the Year of Jubilo, (Southern) states can now be trusted to properly handle their voting procedure as we have all changed and evolved so much.

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    Ocotillo says:

    The artist did a similar painting of Democratic presidents as well. What gets in my craw is TR being in the painting. He ditched the GOP and became a Bull Moose so he should have been replaced with Harding.

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    father pusbucket says:

    Here’s a linky to the Kimmel bit

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    tokyokie says:

    @p.a.: How do we know that’s Jesus and not the ghost of Charles Manson?

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    Mo MacArbie says:

    @Ocotillo: Harding’s there in the background, as are Grant, Hoover, and Coolidge. Agree about TR though

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