A question of stamina

“She doesn’t have the stamina to be president.” That’s what Trump repeatedly said of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail back in September.  Click on this for a smile:

Hillary replied,

“As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee he can talk to me about stamina.”

This week, the man-baby ventured out of Mar-a-Lago for his first trip abroad, a perfect opportunity to impress us with his superior stamina. Well, as with all things Trump, it didn’t quite work out that way.

In Trump’s inspirational speech to the Muslim world, he stupidly referred to “Islamic extremism” when he should have said “Islamist extremism”, a difference his predecessor Barack Obama understood well.

Obama refused to use the expression “Islamic terrorism” for very good reasons, and FoxNews and Trump never stopped criticizing him for it. “How can we address the problem if we can’t even name it?” they howled. He won’t say the words because he romanticizes Islam, they said.

In using this expression that he has used so often before, Trump thereby offended the entire Muslim world (again!), something which his predecessor tried not to do. It isn’t helpful, Obama often explained. It makes things worse.

Well, now Trump’s White House is back in damage control mode as usual. Why did Trump use this foolish phrase? Does he not understand the distinction between “Islamic”, which describes things related to the religion, and “Islamist”, which describes an often violent political movement? No, no, of course he understands that. All that criticism of Obama was months ago. Ancient history. You can’t seriously be bringing that up now, can you?!

Well, why then? Are you ready? He was “exhausted”!  Apparently he lacks stamina! Unbelievable.

After one lousy plane ride, in which he had an entire 747 to himself with a full Trump-size bed to sleep in.

On Sunday night, a senior White House official said Trump’s decision to say “Islamic extremism” instead of “Islamist extremism” as written in his prepared remarks was not intentional but the product of exhaustion brought on by the rigorous travel schedule.

 

“Just an exhausted guy,” the senior White House official said.

 

If it’s too much to expect him to not make an idiot out of himself, and further incite the already insane,  because flying in total luxury and serenity for 14 hours is too difficult, well why send him in the first place?

 

We could just let good ol’ Rex take care of it. He’s got some stamina, doesn’t he? At least the stamina of any other Secretary of State. And a lot more than that tired old Crooked Hillary, right?

 

Asked on Air Force One about the President’s fatigue, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Monday, “He’s doing better than I am. And he’s got a few years on me.”

 

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“I’m Tired”

 

If you’re hoping that maybe someone in the Trump camp will say either that they were wrong to criticize Obama for trying to avoid intemperate language, or that they were wrong to be so strident in their attacks on Hillary’s stamina, well, we don’t have anything for you. It’s all old news, but thanks for the trip down memory lane, as Kellyanne Conway would say.
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1 thought on “A question of stamina”

  1. The genius of Stewie to connect dots of info and suddenly there is a brilliant portrait of the grotesque abnormality of our current crisis.

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