Schlemiel-in-Chief

Number 2 in a series

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It would appear this is not going to end anytime soon. For the record:

schlemiel: an inept clumsy person; a bungler; a dolt (Yiddish שלעמיל shlemil from Hebrew שלא מועיל “ineffective”) (OED, MW)

From all appearances the definition fits. We are losing all doubt that the Snowflake-elect wades through life, and the American landscape, with hardly a clue as to what is going on. In an interview with The New York Times:

The president-elect’s written statement came just hours after Mr. Trump told The New York Times in an interview that the storm surrounding Russian hacking was nothing more than a “political witch hunt” carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the 2016 election. Speaking by telephone three hours before the intelligence briefing, Mr. Trump repeatedly criticized the intense focus on Russia.

OK, Baby Hands. We’re ready to take on the North Koreans now are we? That’s because we know things that other people do not know. There is maybe a voice inside somebody’s head. Lord Jesus, I hope not.

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Wednesday has come and gone, likewise Thursday. As I write this the sun is coming up on Saturday, and the Schlemiel-in-Chief is still being coy with his special information. The screen shots from Friday’s edition of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir tell the story better than I can.

 

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The Schlemiel-in-Chief brilliantly concludes there was no tampering with the voting machines. He may well have also concluded there was no putting of a dead skunk in John Podesta’s car, but I have not been able to confirm this. Both are equally relevant, since voting machines are not connected to the Internet and are managed by officials of the separate voting districts.

In an interlude of heart-stopping clarity, outgoing President Barack Obama commented on the matter:

After the release of the intelligence community’s declassified report about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, President Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the Russians “intended to meddle.”

“I think that what is true is that the Russians intended to meddle and they meddled,” President Obama told George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that will air on “This Week” Sunday.

The President also warned against letting partisan divides undermine U.S. intelligence.

“I’ll be honest with you, George, one of the things I am concerned about is the degree to which we’ve seen a lot of commentary lately where there are Republicans or pundits or cable commentators who seem to have more confidence in Vladimir Putin than fellow Americans because those fellow Americans are Democrats. That cannot be,” Obama said.

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on U.S. intelligence on Russian hacking and today, even after being briefed on the matter, insisted any cyberattack had “absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.”

Obama had this additional note for the president-elect.

“We have to remind ourselves we’re on the same team. Vladimir Putin’s not on our team,” Obama said.

Putin is not on our team? Somebody had better inform the Schlemiel-in-Chief.

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4 thoughts on “Schlemiel-in-Chief

    • Oh come now, you don’t believe such solid sources as the WP or the NYT? I am sure the White Queen would.

      So far, I have seen nothing that would convince me that the Russians were behind any of this. Not to say they may not have been but I have this vivid memory of sitting watching Colin Powel destroy himself at the UN by reciting the totally unbelieveable crap that the US intelligence services had fed him.

      I don’t think it is often that we see the foreign minister of the world’s greatest economic and military power told by very senior UN bureaucrats that either he’s lying or crazy. That, in essense was what Hans Blick (sp?) and Mohammed El Barridai did.

      I am not implying that I think Powel lied; I think that in the hothouse atmosphere of a warmongering Washington, he was overwhelmed by the ‘group think’ atmosphere and finally accepted that rot he was given.

      • According to the excellent commentary by Dmitry Orlov on his blog there is a booming comedy industry in Russia today, with stand-up performers making fun of the frantic twists and turns of the USA, to the delight of Russian audiences (who have, it should be pointed out, always been fascinated by life in the Wild West).

        What is not so funny is the growing suspicion among the Russians (Europeans too, for that matter) that the USA is clinically insane. Think ‘Great-Leap-Forward’ China or late Weimar Germany or Best Korea or post-Tito Yugoslavia. Economic decline, random violence, a growing set of apparently unsolvable social, political and economic conflicts, and the resolute illusion of maintaining the post of “sole superpower”, even if it entails thermonuclear exchange with the East, is certainly alarming.

        The notion that this country can go mad is nothing new, by the way. If you study the European (particularly British) media just after the festive events of 9/11 you will sense their deep alarm at the boiling mood of aimless vengeance that seemed to sweep the nation. Thus Europe and Asia froze in place, spoke calmly, attempted to defuse an outrageous situation: “How dare they do to us what we customarily do to anybody we like?”

        The Preznit-Elect The Donald is a prize example of apparent mental instability. Don’t think the rest of the world is not gazing on that phenomenon with disbelief and wonder, confirming lingering suspicions.

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