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Gentle Rain Withers America’s Daisy of a President

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It is unfortunate that the United States of America is losing its status as the light and the protector of freedom in the world. The absence of America’s commander in chief at a battlefield at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, about 50 miles east of Paris, is an unmistakable symbol of our decline.

When the White House issued a statement claiming low clouds and rain had prevented President Trump and First Lady Melania from attending a ceremony to honor our fallen, the press secretary of the president told the biggest lie in Washington history. Trump’s reluctance to fly a few minutes in the light rain for the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I,  is an outrage for American veterans and the people. Social media erupted yesterday at the news Trump would avoid the raindrops in favor of a leisurely afternoon in Paris before he attended a dinner for leaders at the Musée d'Orsay. Twitter #hashtags like #trumpfrance and #TrumpIsAfraidOfRain reflect the disbelief and scorn.

The world’s most famous golfing leader decided not to fly in Marine One, the world’s best-maintained helicopter, instead of paying what would probably be his last respects to World War I heroes. Surely, no American serviceman would ever vote for Trump again, after such a sniveling demonstration of narcissism and arrogance. The Paris skies were gray, and there was a slight drizzle, and our leadership just failed to show when it counted. Images from the ceremony 50 miles outside Paris show France President Emmanuel Marcon holding hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the sun in the background and tiny pools of water on the gravestones of America’s dead.

The cemetery Trump was supposed to visit contains the graves of nearly 2,300 war dead, many of whom fought in one of World War I’s most desperate battles in the summer of 1918. A Tweet by the legendary newsman, Dan Rather frames our embarrassment.

 

 

UK parliamentarian, Nicholas Soames called Trump “pathetic and inadequate” over his insult to the sacrifices of American, allied, and even enemy soldiers. Bestselling author David Frum lambasted Trump’s nonchalance, and former CIA & NSA Director, General Michael Hayden just happened to be Tweeting from Omaha Beach that the weather was fine. In short, Trump gave Barack Obama disciples, the liberal world order in Britain, and the so-called “Deep State” in the United States a field day. Obama aid, Ben Rhodes dropped the dime on Trump and his team stating:

“I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years. There is always a rain option. Always.”

Images of past U.S. presidents standing in the rain to honor the fallen emerged like a Mississippi monsoon. A photo of JFK with French President de Gaulle in a downpour in Paris 1961 is a stark reminder of past presidential class that stands in stark contrast to images of Donald Trump playing golf in the rain. The White House is now under a different kind of deluge, as pictures of former President Jimmy Carter, or the Bushs, Bill Clinton, and even those famous ones of Russian President Vladimir Putin pepper the Internet.

Gentle Rain Withers America’s Daisy of a President

Gentle Rain Withers America’s Daisy of a President

As a veteran, and as the son of a line of U.S. service persons since the Revolution, I am reminded by a great hero of the debt Trump and all of us owe to those World War I patriots:

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” ― Ge

Donald Trump is making a mockery of our country in ways Barack Obama could not have dreamed of. Chewing gum at funerals and fanny watching could be forgiven the touchdown dancing Obama, in light of “The Donald” turning up his billionaire nose to our legacy, to U.S. Marines buried in France. He should resign like Nixon, retire to write his memoirs or to create another ridiculous TV show.  It’s hard to admit it, we now have a “Pansy President” afraid of water.

Author: Winston Smith