It says a great deal when one examines the low expectations one has now for an “acceptable” presidential speech. Nowadays, any speech in which Trump doesn’t commit, or pledge to commit, a crime is a pretty good one. I listened to Trump’s speech on Iran and didn’t notice anything too amiss, which – again – just goes to show where things stand. Because the net noticed that Trump sounded way more monotone, out of it, detached. He slurred through quite a few words.
Of course nothing will really come of it. But his performance in this speech seems to have brought out some criticism with an edge to it. One cannot ignore the context. It comes a day after a phone call about bombs dropping on (Or near, we find out) US troops. He may have to actually work in this next period, maybe square up and get familiar with the issues.
Trump is high as a kite on some drug he sniffed.
— parislady1492 (@parislady1492) January 8, 2020
Trump looks & sounds like he's overloaded on adderall. He's sniffing, slurring his words, robotically reading words off teleprompter. His remarks were vapid, rambling, incoherent.
No substance or detail.
Trump's entrance was staged like a light show. We get cheap theater. https://t.co/e7eWNerk3P
— Charles Campisi (@1813Doncarlo) January 8, 2020
Every single time Donald Trump gives a major speech, he has the sniffles. This is a discussion that needs to be had. Has any major outlet every asked Donald Trump directly whether he uses Adderall? The American people have a right to know if the president has a drug dependency.
This is interesting. I happen to disagree. I don’t think we have a right to know the president’s prescription drug regiment. That goes down a slippery slope on which I don’t want to step. We do have a right to know that his prescriptions and access to medicines are all being overseen properly, reviewed on occasion, that it is proper, all of that.
If he is “on” a medicine that is not prescribed, well, that is an issue which touches back upon our rights because we do have a right to know if he is physically able to do the job. It also throws us right back into the whole “crime” thing.
Meanwhile, Trump used this speech to both frighten the nation about his substance use, and to explain how it is that everything that is going wrong right now with respect to Iran is because a black guy used to head-up this joint that Trump runs. You know what that means. The last guy made some bad decisions, according to Trump’s speech today. It was a shame.
Actually, that is the part of the speech that stands out. Trump’s hatred for Obama and Democrats deepens by the week. He had to make a half dozen (approximation) snide comments on the last administration versus what he has done. His enmity for Democrats (and especially Obama) far surpasses any for Iran. His feelings about Iran are likely neutral. What can they give him?
There was some good humor that came of the criticism of the speech. It is possible that the dead-flat affect is not due to Adderall, but could be the result of a tranquilizer. The biggest, and most consequential dose ever distributed.
whoever it was that shot Trump up with a bunch of horse tranquilizers or whatever this morning to prevent him from starting WWIII, I salute you
— Rob (@robrousseau) January 8, 2020
You can literally hear him trying to keep his tongue in his mouth.
Trump is not well.
— Marie 🌊🍑 (@ReeBee1985) January 8, 2020
So what does it say about me when all the above occurred, right on my TV screen, but I simply concluded; “that’s how Trump sounds nowadays.” Not once did I find it unusual for a presidential speech by Trump. I note that the most egregious aspect is bringing domestic politics into everything, Democrats are the real enemy, even when we’re considering a war, don’t take your head off the ball. Iran is bad, but not like Democrats.
Imagine being Iran, or any nation that gets hostile with us, and looking to Trump’s actions. Wouldn’t you be dumbfounded hearing him damn his political enemies in the same sentence he damns foes on the international stage. It must be surreal.
We do have every right to an update with respect to his health, and hearing how the damned White House medical office was run, we now have to wonder if Trump has actually been “running it,” and who prescribes what to whom. It looks like Ronny Jackson just worked for Trump and provided the “fantastic genes report” as ordered, like a good employee.
RANT: Am I the only one that had lived with the presumption that the role of the White House physician would be served by some of the best, most competent, sober, serious, young or experienced physicians out there? And yet we hear of missing meds, which even your local ER can manage to overcome, and doctors blind-ass drunk on international trips. IRONICALLY, international trips present one of the few times a presidential doctor is needed at every minute. If the president has an emergency, that doctor has to make a call as to whether the president must seek treatment in that nation, and how much. A US military-hospital plane will be sent, but each call on immediate treatment is made by the president’s doctor. This guy was shitfaced, incommunicado, out of it, couldn’t spell ER if you woke him and spotted the vowel.
How does that even happen?
Trump is decompensating before our eyes. Yes, that is happening. But he retains enough executive function so as to know that the Democrats are the real terrorists on the world stage and he is seriously considering bombing Democrats.
Actually, there is blessedly little news coming out today. We will take the breather.
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