In showering praise on George H.W. Bush's attributes, his eulogists simultaneously threw shade on Trump, without malice. It was unavoidable as Trump is the antithesis of Bush
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Looking at President Trump’s facial expressions and body language I couldn’t avoid wondering what he was thinking as he listened to the eulogies for former President George H.W. Bush. #Awkward!
In showering deserved praise on George H.W.Bush’s attributes and accomplishments, eulogists Jon Meacham, Brian Mulroney, Alan Simpson and George W. Bush were simultaneously throwing shade on Trump, with no malice intended. It couldn’t be avoided because George H.W. Bush is the antithesis of Donald Trump.
My vision isn’t good enough to tell if Trump’s skin tone went to from orange to red-orange when Brian Mulroney praised George H.W. Bush’s statesmanship on NAFTA, then talked about how NAFTA has been enhanced without calling it USMCA.
Trump probably liked hearing all the references to loyalty, but for all the wrong reasons. For Trump, it would only be a reminder of the disloyalty he thinks Comey, Flynn, Sessions, Cohen and others have shown him.
When George W. Bush talked about his father being a speed freak with boundless energy, I thought Trump showed great restraint by not heckling Jeb for being low energy.
Trump did make a scene even before he sat down next to the four predecessors he’s trashed talked. After everyone else except the Bush family were seated, ‘The DONald’ and Melania walked up to the presidential pew, and Trump made a show of taking off his overcoat and handing it to a decorated soldier turned Trump coat rack, like he was a Mob Boss.
For security reasons, those attending the service were required to be in the church at least an hour ahead of time. Well-known American and foreign dignitaries, including Prince Charles and the King and Queen of Jordan, could be seen milling about talking to one another. All of them had already taken off their overcoats.
At least ‘The DONald’ didn’t ask the soldier who took his coat to handcuff Hillary Clinton to her chair, before he sat down.
Trump sat at the end of the aisle in his typical sitting on the toilet posture. He looked tense and uncomfortable, like he’d rather be someplace else. At one point he folded up his arms across his chest as he’s done in Cabinet room photo ops when on the defensive. And as he did when Kanye West went off the rails in The Oval Office.
Many on social media noted Trump didn’t recite the ‘Apostles Creed’ prayer, as all the other former presidents and first ladies were seen doing. Maybe it’s because he only believes in the pagan god Putin.
The only reason Trump not saying the ‘Apostles Creed’ prayer is noteworthy is because Trump is the darling of Evangelicals. Otherwise it wouldn’t be an issue with me because many people pray silently in church.
Trump didn’t even have to fake mouthing the words to the prayer, like was caught doing with the National Anthem, because they were printed in the program.
As awkward as it was, it was good Trump was at the service. My hope was that Trump would be introspective in listening to the eulogists praise Bush’s positive traits.
It would be good for Trump and the country if some of the George H.W. Bush aura rubbed off on him. But it’s likely to go no deeper than his spray tan and hair spray.
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