Thinking back, I first became aware of American Presidents, somewhat ironically as we moved from New Jersey to England, specifically, Northern England, when I was eleven and a half years of age. Nixon was being thrown out of office and Gerald Ford was replacing him. “Can’t chew gum and walk a straight line at the same time” – is the quote I remember. Gerald probably never expected to become president, never seemed comfortable in the job, and one term later we got “good ole boy” Jimmy.
What I remember about Jimmy was his faltering over the disastrous helicopter crashes in Iran and losing the US Embassy in Iran to the Ayatollah – I reckon most people think of him that way (and now Jimmy has become a real elder statesman). Of course in the backlash of Jimmy’s crash in the desert the only thing to do was to bring in two-term Ronnie for a bit of dash and good ole cowboy republican style politics for a while. We got an amped up war on drugs, contras, and Star Wars; not bad Ronnie, with a score of 1 out of three you did better than all the previous Presidents I remember preceding you).
Then we got George Bush Senior, ex-head of the CIA, and big business payback for the favor for George’s daddy (not) taking the rap for handling the money out of Germany made during the second world war. George rode on Ronnie’s tail, but he was a one term man; invaded Panama and released Stormin’ Norman on Kuwait. That’s about all I can remember of Bush Senior.
Slick Willy came next (in more ways than one) and he was fun – right… I mean he was; we know you Americans get all prudish in public to the extent you invented political correctness and Bill was a welcome respite from all that nonsense; but his wife was a drag. Anyone naming a daughter, Chelsea, either got knocked up in Chelsea, or has issues. Bill was so much fun he got two terms.
But he was obviously too much fun because then we got “Skull and Bones” Bush Junior for two terms and that wasn’t fun at all – that was just downright dangerous; a guy that dumb as President – shit!
And then in an obvious swing against all that conservative, “let’s go to war and get the oil” crap; America did a sensible thing and elected Obama.
And here we are…
… looking down the barrel at a Drumpf Presidency; because if we can have a Ronald we can have a Donald, right? Except, at least Ronnie had run a State… what, really, has Drumpf ever run, except a media campaign about Drumpf.
When you have a choice between a “big-money woman”; a guy who’s in love with himself (with short fingers and a really bad haircut), and, a guy who thinks poor and middle class people are getting a bad deal, who also thinks wars are a bad idea; who is honorable and uses logic to debate – I can’t imagine why you would (even consider to) choose the former over the latter. (Note: Several columnists have stated that they can see Drumpf negotiating well with China or Russia’s Putin – really – would you rather have an egomaniac or someone using logic handling that conversation…
… or as my sister would say, “Seriously?”