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Garbled

I never knew who the White House Press Secretary used to be in any of the previous presidencies. But now I’m very familiar with Sean Spicer’s pinched little face and whiny voice. The reason is that this is such a garbled and mumbly presidency that it needs constant reinterpretation. 

Remember, though, that a country’s leader is a glimpse into the collective unconscious of its inhabitants. Judging by this presidency, the general mood in the country is, “I have no idea what’s going on, and that makes me angry.”

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  1. “the general mood in the country is, “I have no idea what’s going on, and that makes me angry.””

    That sounds very plausible. Especially since no president (or any other politician or public figure) has sought to inform the public about the processes operating in the world their plans for dealing with them.

    Trying to fix things and enact think=tank solutions without actually telling people what’s going on is a terrible idea (and more worthy of sitcoms rather than statesmanship).

    How would you feel if you weren’t as informed as you are?

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    • “Especially since no president (or any other politician or public figure) has sought to inform the public about the processes operating in the world their plans for dealing with them.”

      That’s precisely the problem. Informing the people entails huge short-term costs and there is nothing but short-term in a democracy. One would hope that politicians whose political career is over – the Clintons, Obama – would do it but they don’t seem to care enough.

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  2. Stringer Bell on said:

    “Especially since no president (or any other politician or public figure) ”

    Love the sneaky attempt to defend Trump. Nice try.

    ‘Trump lies? Oh well, ALL politicians lie.’
    ‘Trump is an inarticulate moron? Oh well, all politicians hide things from the public’.

    The maliciousness of this administration is matched only by its incompetency. Sorry, if that hurt your feelings.

    “How would you feel if you weren’t as informed as you are?”

    Wait, is the government giving her some special information inaccessible to others? She wants to be informed, so she seeks out information. You can do that, or you can click on Breitbart to get your daily dose of white male rage. It is still a choice, you know.

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  3. Shakti on said:

    But now I’m very familiar with Sean Spicer’s pinched little face and whiny voice. The reason is that this is such a garbled and mumbly presidency that it needs constant reinterpretation.
    You’re familiar with Spicer because he’s so spectacularly inept at his job that he’s SNL opening skit fodder. Perino, for example, was good at her job. Dee Dee Myers was the first woman in the job and she inspired a character on the The West Wing.

    Remember, though, that a country’s leader is a glimpse into the collective unconscious of its inhabitants. Judging by this presidency, the general mood in the country is, “I have no idea what’s going on, and that makes me angry.”

    That’s a charitable, understated spin on something very ugly. It also underestimates how much people don’t want to know.

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    • I haven’t watched any SNL yet, by the way. The task seems too onerous.

      I mostly see Spicer at the gym but I do make an effort to read the captions because I’m trying to figure out how they explain the unhinged shit they do.

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      • adrianaurelien on said:

        The first SNL skit on Spicer was very funny, I really do recommend it. I also enjoyed the Jeff Sessions one, but that one probably isn’t funny if you don’t understand the cultural references.

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      • Shakti on said:

        They’re not. It’s an exercise in “Do you believe me or your lying eyes?” If you accept it and subvert your own reason and sense, you accept their authoritarianism.

        The skits are barely parody from what I understand.

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