Famous French playwright and satirist would have reveled in what happened today in Washington, DC
Oh, I could just see François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), known by his nom de plume (pen name) Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, rolling with laughter today, and slapping his knees for joy, were he able to witness in person what happened today at the White House. Because farce does not get better than that. Sometimes real life mimics the arts. Today was one of those days.
So what’s this about?
Well, the French president Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, who is old enough to be his mother, arrived at the White House for their first state visit to the US. And what a farcical comedy it turned out to be.
First, wake a look at this GIF from the White House Terrace with Trump and Macron holding hands like playful grade school pals. Or worse, like a gay couple.
Can’t you just see the conservative American Trump supporters rolling their eyes in disgust at this love-in scene, and mutter: “OMG, did we put a faggot in the White House?”
In actuality, this is when Trump, I suppose, must have told Macron, “let’s go plant your tree.” And then he led him from the terrace to the White House garden.
It was an oak sapling which Macron supposedly brought from a historic battlefield in Europe. The sapling comes from a place in the Champagne region, where US marines repelled a German offensive in the final year of World War I.
“Champagne region?” I could just hear Trump rejoice. “Bring it on. Let’s pour the bubbly.”
Instead, they buried it.
Well, sort of. The White House gardeners did most of the work. The two presidents merely shoveled some dirt around the tree as their wives watched and pointed. Like Martha Stewart did when she claimed to have planted trees and flowers in her garden.
Before that, however, this is what happened, according to NBC News…
Trump’s tenderness Tuesday first revealed itself during an arrival ceremony for Macron, when the powerful pair performed a double cheek kiss — a typical European greeting custom. Moments later, during the ceremony, the two smooched again and carried on a long handshake that clocked in around five seconds.
Later Tuesday, during a brief appearance by the two leaders in front of reporters, the American president gently wiped something — Trump said it was dandruff — off Macron’s shoulder.
We need to make him perfect. He is perfect,” Trump said after his delicate dandruff dust-off. Moments earlier, Trump noted the media is “always saying what a great relationship we have.”
Watch how the Trump-Macron ‘bromance’ blossomed at this state visit https://www.nbcnews.com/video/watch-how-the-trump-macron-bromance-has-blossomed-at-this-state-visit-121816582784
For more, see… https://goo.gl/Hy6kKa
As I said, Voltaire would have had a ball today were he able to witness the happenings at the White House.
Candide anyone? 🙂
UPDATE APRIL 25, 2018
Voltaire lives on… at the White House
First Lady rebuffs Trump’s public display of affection
Voltaire seems to continue choreographing the Macrons visit to the White House from his grave (the famous French satirist died in 1778). Just as with that pathetic tree planting ceremony yesterday, no spoken words were needed for this farce to tell the story of discord between the president and his wife.
The relationship between Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, on whom he allegedly cheated several times after they were married in 2005 (Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal, for example), was clearly strained. And it was their body language that told the story.
Take a look at how Melania rebuffs her Trump’s effort at hand-holding. At first, she apparently refuses to hold hands as he poked her stiff hand subtly with his little finger, before finally grabbing it.
And then, Melania’s wide-brimmed white hat became an obstacle for Trump when he tried to kiss his wife. Melania used the hat as a shield against her husband. But her hat was no problem for the French president, who kissed Melania twice on the cheek..
Apparently, Donald is in a doghouse with his beautiful wife. And no wonder, considering the mounting accusations of his infidelity. We’ll have to check in with Voltaire in a few months to see how this farce progresses. 🙂
UPDATE APRIL 26, 2018
Perhaps the only thing which might have sparked more spoofs, cartoons and meme than what happened this week at the White House during the visit of the French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife would have been a similar love-in between Trump and the North Korean president Kim. Maybe that’s yet to come? 🙂
“They know where the skeletons are buried” – might have been my caption.
UPDATE APRIL 27, 2018
VOLTAIRE MOVES TO KOREA, CHOREOGRAPHS KIM-MOON MEETING?
As he had done earlier this week for the Trump-Macron tête-à-tête at the White House
The North and South Korean presidents held a “historic” meeting today at the DMZ border between the two divided countries. Looks like they used the same choreographer as their master of ceremonies (François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), known by his nom de plume (pen name) Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer and satirist).
Take a look… at the BOYFRIENDS:
Or tree-planting – MY TREE IS BIGGER THAN YOURS!
Or… WHERE ARE THE WIVES?
Perhaps you remember that two days ago I made a comment about the upcoming summit between Kim and Trump:
Perhaps the only thing which might have sparked more spoofs, cartoons and meme than what happened this week at the White House during the visit of the French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife would have been a similar love-in between Trump and the North Korean president Kim. Maybe that’s yet to come? 🙂 (from Truth in Media, Apr 25, 2018 – https://wp.me/p3QU1S-2Ux)
KISS AND MAKE UP
So stand by for Act III of Voltaire’s Trump farce. Suggested title: PEACEMAKERS. It is about the madmen who drop bombs and fire missiles and insults at each other before kiss-and-make up photo ops.
Addressing Kim last September, Trump said, “Little Rocket Man, we’re going to do it (take him out), because we really have no choice.”
Earlier that day, Kim called Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” (from ‘Madman’ vs. ‘dotard’: Trump and Kim Jong-un trade insults, military threats | CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/north-korea-trump-threats-dotard-1.4302010)
And now, the two madmen, and who knows, perhaps even the French marionette, may be the leading candidates for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Why not? The Nobel Peace Prize has become a worthless piece of metal anyway. If a warmonger like Obama can get it, even before starting more wars around the world, why not madmen like Trump and Kim?
Still, if real peace were indeed to break out on the Korean peninsula, that would be a big step forward in the history of this planet.