What a first two weeks! The old 24-hour news cycle has become a 24-second news cycle as the Trump administration has issued a literal blizzard of executive orders ranging from walling off Mexico to abolishing Obamacare to banning Muslims from entering the country. Keeping his campaign promises is what Trump supporters say. Somehow I don’t think so. A far more frightening plan is being implemented by Steve Bannon, the man behind the curtain in Trumpworld’s version of Oz.

While we get distracted by Trump’s rapid fire executive orders, Bannon is playing the long game with the future of our country. The newly minted chief strategist to the president rocking his alcoholic bullfrog with bad hair look is clearly the power behind the throne.

Who is Steve Bannon? In his prior life he was briefly a naval officer before morphing into a Goldman Sachs executive and then ironically a Hollywood film producer described by Andrew Breitbart as the “Leni Reifenstahl of the Tea Party.” Reifenstahl was famous for, among other things, directing a pro-Nazi propaganda film, “Triumph of the Will.”

Bannon became executive chairman of Breitbart News after Andrew Breitbart’s death in 2012. Bannon pushed Breitbart’s white nationalist theme calling it the “platform for the alt right” in 2016.

Breitbart became a sounding board for bigotry publishing articles attacking immigrants, African-Americans and women, even labeling well-known conservative Bill Kristol as a “renegade Jew.”

When Trump’s presidential campaign went off the rails Bannon and fast talking Kellyanne Conway, were recruited and many credit the odd couple with salvaging the campaign. Others think Trump just got lucky and ran for president when the old Republican Party was falling apart and many Americans were so disgusted with government dysfunction they were willing to vote for anybody who was not a career politician even a pompous racist reality TV star with orange hair.

Regardless Trump won and Bannon got much of the credit, which he has used to make himself perhaps the most powerful man in the country and therefore the world. Once comfortably situated in the Oval Office, Bannon lost no time putting his white nationalist, anti-Muslim stamp on administration policy. According to multiple news sources, Bannon helped author many of Trump’s controversial executive orders without input from other administration officials such as newly confirmed defense Secretary-General Mattis.

Just last week, Trump, in perhaps the most frightening of his many recent stunts, promoted Bannon to the National Security Council. Trump simultaneously removed the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from NSC attendance except when “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed.”

I get it. In Trumpworld, when the curtain opens, the national security expert is revealed as a political hack with “vast expertise” in investment banking, filmmaking and right wing media publishing, not to mention an apparent virulent hatred of Muslims. I know that will help me sleep well at night. How about you?

Neil G. Baron, an attorney and former League City Councilman, is writing columns from a progressive perspective.

(66) comments

Carlos Ponce

Looks like Trump haters had to move onto someone else. If Steve Bannon gives Neil Baron nightmares he must be a good and decent man. [beam]
Keep up the good work, Steve! [beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Lisa Blair

Steve Bannon is a white supremacist in the White House driving policy for the country and DJT put him there. Enough said.

Carlos Ponce

Too much said. Can you back any of your allegations? You cannot. It is not true. You are quoting Nancy Pelosi who lacks credibility. Let's see what Liberal Bob Beckel has to say on the topic:
"Fox News host Bob Beckel doesn’t like Steve Bannon, but doesn’t want people to call the senior White House strategist a “white supremacist.”
“I suppose using the word ‘white supremacist’ without having proof beyond the fact, that in the web page, there were some white supremacists who wrote some things,” Beckel told co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle.
“I don’t like Bannon,” Beckel confessed. “I don’t like any of them. That is not the point.”
From Media Matters "And yet, mainstream media give him a pass because he has enough sense to not say anything in public that explicitly reveals white supremacist views."
From Huffington Post: "Before starting work for the Trump campaign, Bannon led Breitbart.com, a populist website that regularly airs white nationalist viewpoints.
Fox News regularly airs Liberal views to keep "fair and balanced". Do you think they're Liberal?

Carlos Ponce

Some Democrats are still practicing the Politics of Personal Destruction-if you don't have a better idea, DEMONIZE your opposition. That's why we have a Republican president, Congress, majority state offices, governorships. Keep it up, Lisa Blair. Your blatant hatred will only make Republicans stronger.

David Shumate

No Carlos, that isn't "why we have a Republican president, Congress, majority state offices, governorships." That would be gerrymandering.
Christie

Carlos Ponce

Gerrymandering? How can an entire STATE be gerrymandered? Same goes for US Senate seats. Governors and Senators are elected AT LARGE.
As far as Congressional and state legislative districts if gerrymandering to favor a specific party was even SUSPECTED, a lawsuit would have been filed following the re-districting . The current Texas plan in place was approved by the US Supreme Court following their ruling "upholding the state’s system of drawing legislative voting districts based on everyone who lives there — not just registered voters' And the Democrats CHEERED this decision but still LOST at the polls.
See "Supreme Court Ruling On Texas Redistricting Cheers Democrats"
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/04/04/supreme-court-ruling-on-texas-redistricting-cheers-democrats/
Sorry, Christie, your claim is without merit.

Doyle Beard

keep posting Lisa , we just keep finding more and more uninformed people in America. You are helping that cause.

Debra Criss

Great column Neil.
1/26/17 "The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile" Bannon said in an interview.

Carlos Ponce

"The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile." Sounds like SAGE advice , Debra. The media is there to report the news, not make it. They should LISTEN.

Doyle Beard

Yes neil a great lie written by you but what can one expect from this guy?

Doyle Beard

Not sure
Debra knows the difference between real journalism and fake news.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Steve Bannon to many people of color in academia is a known racist. He just was not known to many who may not be particularly threatened by his words. I am appalled and sickened when I discovered that he was a part of the Trump campaign. America should be ashamed. He does not hide his disdain for people of color and now that he possesses the power to illustrate it, you will see it in his policy. Is the Republican Party that desperate to win that they will side with a known racist? Is the American Evangelical Church that desperate that they will put down the cross for an Oval Office? The answer is a resounding: Yes.... and so the historical backlash begins as seen immediately after the Civil War, after the CIvil Right's Movement (late 70's-80's) and now after the Presidency of Barack H. Obama. Some of you might as well get the "white hoodie" out of your closet because you are not fooling anyone but yourselves.

Carlos Ponce

Kimberly, you lost all credibility with that "10 foot tall" picture of Andrew Jackson in the White House. People who make unsubstantiated accusations against a fellow human should be ASHAMED.
He is NOT a racist. When Liberals cannot prove their point they cry "racist". You haven't proven anything.
And not all "racists" wear "white hoodies". But they show their bigotry with FALSE, biased, unsubstantiated accusations.

Carlos Ponce

When you say "people of color in academia" you must really mean Liberal people of color in academia. I know people of color in academia who don't think as you report. They go by facts, not biased unsubstantiated political stances.
Question: Do you think Steve Bannon is "10 feet tall"?

Jarvis Buckley

Wow- GCDN , nothing wrong with publishing progressive
articles. This one is over the top. fake news at its worst.

Pete Nanos

You would think that dems would have learned some sort of lesson from this election, but no. Right back to the name calling. Actually the only real known racists have come directly from the democrat party ranks. Ku Klux Xlan was a wing of the democrat party. Senator Byrd was a ranking member of the Klan while he served in the Senate. Democrats voted lock step against the Voters right act in the sixties. Democrats fooled people of color with promises yet unfulfilled for the last fifty years, yet the media helped them deflect the racist nature of what was really going on. This whole effort by the left has worked until now. It took a while, but people are starting to question political hacks like Baron. I'm surprised, although I guess I shouldn't be, that this paper isn't a little more discerning about who submits articles and their content.

George Croix

Excuse makers for Ferguson and Baltimore, et al, might want to look inward for where the 'supremacist' and 'racist' really abides......

Diane Turski

Thank you for a well researched column exposing the true puppet master controlling Trump's so-called presidency!!

Carlos Ponce

Researched??? More like FAKE NEWS. And the Dems say, "Yup, yup, he's a bad one.

Jim Forsythe

Bannon, nice guy or not , it's up to you to decide.
"Bannon once said Breitbart News was the platform for the alt-right, a white-nationalist, openly racist, anti-immigration movement. At one point, Brietbart published a lengthy article defending the alt-right, referring to white nationalists leaders like Richard Spencer as the movement’s “intellectuals."  
Richard Bertrand Spencer (born May 11, 1978) is a noted American white supremacist.He is president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, and Washington Summit Publishers, an independent publishing firm. Spencer has stated that he rejects the description of white supremacist, and describes himself as an identitarian. He advocates for a white homeland for a "dispossessed white race" and calls for "peaceful ethnic cleansing" to halt the "deconstruction" of European culture"

"Bannon, who was a board member at the time of Brietbart's death, became executive chairman.
Under Bannon's tenure, Breitbart has become reliably and openly anti-women, anti-semetic, anti-progress, anti-immigrant, and anti-nonwhites. Some of Breitbart's most controversial stories in recent years featured headlines such as: "There's No Hiring Bias Against Women In Tech, They Just Suck At Interviews," "Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive And Crazy," "Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism Or Cancer?" and "Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement's Human Shield." 

"This summer at the Republican National Convention, Bannon proudly told a reporter that Breitbart is a "platform for the alt-right." And it's also a potential platform for a Trump White House that could present an obstacle for news outlets without such privileged connections. "


Paula Flinn

"Former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro said, 'He (Steve Bannon) is legitimately one of the worst people I have ever dealt with." "He regularly abuses people. He sees everything as a war. Every time he feels crossed, he makes it his business to destroy his opponent."

"Dana Loesch, a former Breitbart employee said he was, 'One of the worst people on God's green earth."

"Bannon was charged with domestic violence after a dispute with his ex-wife in 1996, though she declined to testify against him and the case was dropped. She later claimed in legal papers that Bannon had objected to a private school for their daughters because there were a lot of Jewish students attending and he didn't like the way they are raised to be 'whiny brats."

"In Trump, Bannon found his ultimate outsider. He frequently had the candidate on his radio show, and former staffers say he ordered a steady stream of pro-Trump stories. Now Bannon's imprint can be seen on presidential decisions ranging from the hiring of former Breitbart staffers to key White house positions to the choice of Andrew Jackson's portrait--a Bannon idol--for display near the President's desk."

"Where Bannon is really having his instinct is on the policy front," says a long-time Trump ally. Which policies? "All of them. He's Trump's facilitator."

"In a Trump White House...you can only get--and keep--as much power as the President wants you to have. But Trump and Bannon sat down and made a list of things they wanted to do in office right away," says this adviser. Trump is the one deciding which items to tick off. 'Bannon's just smart enough to give him the list."

TIME Magazine, February 13, 2017, p. 30.

"A party guest called meeting him (Bannon) as a private citizen and Bannon telling him that he was like Lenin, eager to 'bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today's Establishment."

TIME Magazine, Feb. 13, 2017, p. 27.

Paula Flinn

"All of today's Establishment," includes both Democrats AND Republicans.

Bannon's own words are quoted in the TIME Magazine article, plus the words of others who know him and have worked with him.

BTW, TIME Magazine is not fake news.

Doyle Beard

really liberal though Paula
they have been known to spin many stories. Fake or spin which is it?

Carlos Ponce

Paula, a web search shows no ties to Time Magazine but plenty to "Mother Jones".

Paula Flinn

I had TIME Magazine right in front of me when I posted, Carlos, not Mother Jones. Check out the latest issue, Feb. 13, 2017, p. 30.

Doyle, it is TRUE when you quote a person's own words and reveal his true actions.

Doyle Beard

you dont know those words for sure lok at the media rating, fake news has driven them to the gutter.

Kelly Naschke

Wow....this is the first time I have seen Carlos be wrong. When liberals can't prove a point they don"t just cry racist....they cry homophobe, misogynist, xenophobe, sexist......ANYTHING except engaging in a substantive FACTUAL debate....which they LOSE every time. It is already fun watching the sore losers act like little children and devolving to nothing more than playground name calling. The next eight years is going to be a blast!

Carlos Ponce

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

Jim Forsythe

Bannon, nice guy or not , it's up to you to decide
Kelly, so I guess you would be pro Bannon?
Pro or not for Richard Bertrand Spencer?
Pro or not for Breitbart news?
Start the debate, Kelly!

Lisa Blair

Hey, thanks for your permission to keep posting Doyle. And you're right we do keep finding more and more uninformed people in America and a lot of them post here.

Carlos Ponce

You don't need our permission to post, Lisa Blair. But it does help the Conservative cause.

Doyle Beard

Keep up the hard work with your garbage.

Doyle Beard

in case you did not understand the message I may have to draw you a picture.

George Croix

Could Bannon possibly be any worse than Holder or Jarrett or any number of characters who advised ex-Pres. Obama to lie about everything he did or wanted to do, then do whatever he wanted anyway....??

Could be....but it will take another 413 weeks to know for sure if the total damage is exceeded.....[beam][beam]

Meantime, keep us informed, Mr. Barron....it's always good to be reminded of the obverse of reality....
[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Willis Briggs

NUTS!!!!![thumbdown]

Don Ciaccio

Lisa & debra. Bring forth your proof Bannon is a white supremacist. Repeating democrat taking points doesn't prove anything.

Jim Forsythe

Don, This is some of the info I found on Bannon, I do not expect you will think this proves it. What would prove it to you?
"Bannon’s Breitbart has become, in his own words, “the platform for the alt-right,” the movement of far-right online white supremacy that has gained so much attention this campaign. Bannon is a prominent admirer of Richard Bertrand Spencer, the bigoted white ultranationalist who coined the term alt-right and has become somewhat of a sage for the movement while advocating “peaceful ethnic cleansing”. The Anti-Defamation league has called him “a symbol of the new white supremacy” and the SPLC labeled him “a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old.” Bannon himself has reportedly said, rather paradoxically, that the only difference between himself and skinheads is  white supremacy” will literally be a leading figure in the White House. Even hardline conservatives like Glenn Beck and Ben Shapiro have denounced the white nationalism of Bannon and Spencer as “shot through with racism and anti-Semitism,” but a fundamental respect for human dignity no longer seems to be a prerequisite for occupying the highest office in the land.
White supremacy is based on a racist belief that white people are innately superior to people of other races; white nationalism is about maintaining political and economic dominance, not just a numerical majority or cultural hegemony."

"Indeed the alt-right is a strange phenomenon. Driven by everything from racial hatred to sexual frustration, the amorphous online movement calls for ethnic cleansing to stave off a “white genocide,” believes liberals are engaged in a clandestine war to eradicate freedom of speech – which in their minds equates largely to freedom to harass women and insult minorities –  and grants equal ideological weight to the Syrian civil war (in which they support the genocidal Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers) and internal video game politics.
Now, one of the leaders of this bigoted “new white supremacy” will literally be a leading figure in the White House. Even hardline conservatives like Glenn Beck and Ben Shapiro have denounced the white nationalism of Bannon and Spencer as “shot through with racism and anti-Semitism,” but a fundamental respect for human dignity no longer seems to be a prerequisite for occupying the highest office in the land."
"Sure enough Trump’s election has been greeted with euphoria from white supremacists around the country, with endorsements coming pouring in from the KKK and other hate groups. Speaking of Trump, Spencer himself said “He’s fighting for us. He’s saying we’re going to be great again. We’re going to win again. And there’s this implicit identity to this. There’s this implicit nationalism. I think he’s evoking a lot of feelings amongst people, and I think implicit in what Donald Trump is doing is a conception of America as a European country.”
"White nationalists and white supremacists were overjoyed when Trump appointed Bannon as his chief strategist. Former KKK grand wizard David Duke told CNN, "You have an individual, Mr. Bannon, who's basically creating the ideological aspects of where we're going." Duke added on his radio show that Bannon had “been right on about a lot of the issues facing European Americans.” A neo-Nazi website described Bannon’s White House position as “pure awesomeness.” Richard Spencer, the Nazi who was punched during inauguration weekend, lauded Bannon’s ability to chart Trump’s “macro trajectory.” Andrew Breitbart himself reportedly called Bannon “the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement,” referring to the German filmmaker who made propaganda films for the Nazis."

Carlos Ponce

Again you cite no sources. Why? Because they are not credible, I suppose. The only place I can trace "the platform for the alt-right" comment comes from MOTHER JONES, hardly credible, an alt-Left website made up of IDIOTS.

Jim Forsythe

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_genocide_conspiracy_theory
CNN    Andrew Breitbart
http://www.redstate.com/absentee/2016/08/31/anyone-doesnt-understand-alt-right-needs-see/

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/world/americas/white-nationalism-explained.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism

http://www.teapartynation.com/the-alt-right-not-right-not-conservative/ 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/03/01/donald-trump-and-david-duke-for-the-record/?utm_term=.f034926d7733

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/quotes-from-steve-bannon-trumps-new-white-house-chief-strategist/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/steve-bannon-and-the-alt-right-a-primer/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-trump-leading-transformation-turn-gop-kkk-article-1.2784690

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/politics/white-nationalists-on-bannon/index.html

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Jerusalem-Post-Editorial-Wise-counsel-472832
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jerusalem_Post
Formerly regarded as left-wing, the paper underwent a noticeable shift to the right in the late 1980s. From 2004, under then editor-in-chief David Horovitz, the paper took a more centrist position


Carlos Ponce

People please out Jim's sources. Most don't even refer to Steve Bannon AT ALL. Those that do are either alt-Left disreputable sources or take things out of context.
Roll out a bunch of web "sources" which don't even mention the topic. Your lack of credibility is apparent.

Carlos Ponce

The quote “We’re the platform for the alt-right,” Bannon told me proudly when I interviewed him at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July." can be traced back to the MOTHER JONES' author Sarah Posner. Not reputable.

Carlos Ponce

It seems what you quote above can be found only in alt-Left sites. Not reputable, not credible.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos.
You asked for my sources, and I provided some of them. I may have used a very small amount from each or used it for a springboard for thoughts. Unless I use the far right sites, it will not be ok with you.
I only posted a few of the sources I used on this ,but saw no use posting more as you would only say "not right enough".

Doyle Beard

Don they have to be told what to say.

Lisa Blair

You guys are so brilliant in your use of reverse psychology.If we continue posting the terrorists win. We should just be silent and let your Alt-Right wisdom enlighten us all.

Carlos Ponce

No Lisa, keep posting. It is amusing watching Trump haters lose it. The ranting and raving hissy fits are very entertaining. And this isn't "alt-Right". It's mainstream Galveston County and Texas. Just look at the voting results for this county and state. The lefties think everyone thinks like them. That's cute.[smile]

Paula Flinn

i would say, "the righties think that the nation is with them, but 51% disapprove and only 48% approve of DT, so far." Reuters

I would say the nation is split right down the middle, give or take a few points, wouldn't you say?

Paula Flinn

The real problem with the alt-right is that their mission is to DESTROY " the Establishment," which includes both the Dems and the Reps. So, the alt-right, white supremacy organizations need to be stopped. If you watched FRONTLINE on PBS the other night about Tim McVey and others in the bombing of the Murrah Bldg. in Oklahoma City, in 1995, you would have learned that there are now over 500 white supremacy organizations in the US. Steve Bannon has given them a voice and a platform with Breitbart.com.

Be careful what you wish for....

Debra Criss

THANKS CARLOS, AS ALWAYS I AWAIT YOUR COMMENTS.

Carlos Ponce

You are very welcome, Debra![beam]

Debra Criss

Bless your heart Doyle. Thanks for your concern. Have a nice day.

Doyle Beard

Everyday is a nice day for me when i see liberals and sore losers crying.

George Croix

I need to get a copy of the latest DNC 'Buzz Words and Phrases For Every Occasion'....

The post 'Never Gonna Be Madam President' edition...the one with the slobber dripping out of the cover, and that throws itself through a window then sets itself on fire if not hugged several times daily.....

[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Yeah, that WAS a cheap shot.....
But the subject is just plain unfixable.....

Lisa Blair

It's ok guys. That's why very few people post here anymore. You guys are just plain mean among other things. The good conversations happen elsewhere. Enjoy each other's company!

Carlos Ponce

Awwww....... We enjoyed it, Lisa!

Doyle Beard

sore loser

George Croix

Soulless Jackals

Ms. Pot said to Mr. Kettle, "You, sir, are black!!"


[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Jay Ewend

45 COMMENTS… 45 PRESIDENTS… Great JOB Neal… Leonard needs to start paying you and Ms. Heather ! BEST WISHES TO ALL.

Steve Fouga

GAWD!... The subject was Bannon.

Anyone have any concrete evidence on this dude? To me that's the biggest issue -- not that he's alt-right, or white supremacist. What's he good at, that will help President Trump?

It appears we have an amateur as the closest advisor to our president, who's also an amateur.

Is Bannon an expert in: the ECONOMY? the MILITARY? EDUCATION? AGRICULTURE? ENERGY? And so on. Is the president's closest advisor an expert in anything the president needs advice on?

Someone please tell me, what does Steve Bannon bring to the table?

Paula Flinn

Buy TIME Magazine with his scary picture on the cover (Feb. 13, 2017 issue)
Read it and judge for yourself.

Doyle Beard

using time magazine for reference they said once Castro was great along with many other bad guys from foreign countties.

Jim Forsythe

You can read his bio at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bannon  . This is short version.
After his military service, Bannon worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. In 1990, Bannon and several colleagues from Goldman Sachs launched Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank specializing in media. Through Bannon & Co., Bannon negotiated the sale of Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner. As payment, Bannon & Co. accepted a financial stake in five television shows, including Seinfeld. Société Générale purchased Bannon & Co. in 1998.

In the 1990s, Bannon became an executive producer in the Hollywood film and media industry.
In 2004, Bannon made a documentary about Ronald Reagan titled In the Face of Evil. Through the making and screening of this film, Bannon was introduced to Peter Schweizer and publisher Andrew Breitbart,
From 2007 through 2011, Bannon was the chair and CEO of Affinity Media

In 2015, Bannon was ranked No. 19 on Mediaite's list of the "25 Most Influential in Political News Media 2015".
Bannon also hosted a radio show (Breitbart News Daily) on the SiriusXM Patriot satellite radio channel
Bannon was a founding member of the board of Breitbart News
On August 17, 2016, Bannon was appointed Chief Executive of Donald Trump's campaign to become President of the United States

Steve Fouga

Thanks, Jim. I was really asking what he brings to the table in terms of advising President Trump. Maybe media savviness, which he has in spades.

George Croix

Personally, I'd rather have a Steve Bannon advising the President than an Al Sharpton doing so.....
But, that's just me....

As far as I can find out, there's no record of Bannon having been complicit with a young woman in faking an attack to promote false claims of 'racism', of helping to spread lies about 'hands up don't shoot' then being the White House point man on that canard, or of inciting to riot by race baiting .....
But, maybe I missed it.....
Could be.....

Of course, all the rage among the utterly eaten up with TDS these days is the 'white supremacist' label....
They 'acted stupidly' redux......only this time it's true......
And these...people....have the nerve to call anybody else a 'hater'....
Can't fix that.....

Steve Fouga

I'm not concerned that Bannon may or may not be a racist, even though that seems to be the focus of Democratic anger.

I am concerned that he may not be qualified to advise the most powerful man in the world, due to a lack of knowledge. By all accounts he's a smart guy. Hopefully his smart brain has plenty of knowledge of economics, military strategy, etc. We know he's a media savant.

I'm not wild about Al Sharpton either. There's no quicker way to make me change the channel.

George Croix

Makes sense to me.
Only thing I'd add, Mr. Fouga, is that while there is unlikely to ever be enough knowledge held by anybody to always properly advise the leader of the free world, it will be a step up to simply advise the President to not lead from behind, and to not look us in the eye and KNOWINGLY lie...period....
Beyond that, life...and the famous other 4 letter word....happens in DC same as everywhere else....

Here's hoping.....not for miracles or perfection...just for success......

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