Interesting Observations About People in the Public Eye

One of the things that happens when you partially but don’t entirely move your household four times within 16 months, as The Curmudgeon recently has, is that you lose some things and lose track of others. The Curmudgeon’s marriage license just resurfaced on Sunday but his electric toothbrush is missing in action and presumed gone, and there’s a queen-sized red top sheet that has mysteriously disappeared. These things happen: The Curmudgeon only recently conceded that the green Adidas sports bag filled with belts and neckties that he lost during a 1977 move is probably gone forever.

Along these lines, The Curmudgeon is usually pretty good at keeping his magazines sorted so that he reads the oldest ones first; he is nothing if not systematic when it comes to such things. “Usually pretty good” is the operative phrase here, because he recently found two New Yorkers from 2016.

Not quite as old was the July 24, 2017 edition of the New Yorker that he read last week and in which he found two observations he believes are worth sharing.

And all this time we thought ERIC was the dumb one

The first is about Donald Trump, Jr. This was around the time that we learned that the campaign staff that absolutely never, ever met with any Russians had, in fact, met with Russians – surprise! That delegation, which came in search of juicy dirt about Hillary Clinton, included now-first son Donnie Junior, now-first son in-law Jared Kushner, and now soon-to-be-fitted-for-a-pinstriped-jumpsuit Paul Manafort. Donnie Junior came under immediate attack and Donnie Senior rode to his rescue.

The New Yorker picks up the story:

The President argued that his son, “a high-quality person,” had been “open, transparent, and innocent.” This was a statement as true as many, if not most, of the President’s statements. It was false. Donald, Jr., had concealed the meeting until he could do so no longer. Social-media wags delighted in reviving the Trump-as-Corleone family meme and compared Donald, Jr. to Fredo, the most hapless of the Corleone progeny.

And then the New Yorker delivers the unkindest of cuts:

This was unfair to Fredo.

The article next turned its attention to the president’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared.

Kushner seems to see himself and his wife, Ivanka, as lonely voices of probity and moderation in an otherwise unhinged West Wing. Why they would believe this when their conflicts of interest are on the epic side is a mystery. But such is their self-regard.


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