What a Week

Excerpts from a story on The Hill sum up my feelings very well : ( this was the week of the Helsinki Summit / no need to go in to details )

A conservative columnist for The Washington Post on Friday wrote that the current political climate makes him miss former President Obama, saying he would take the Democrat back in a “nanosecond.”

Max Boot was a foreign policy adviser in both of the Republican presidential campaigns against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Despite his criticisms of the former commander in chief, Boot wrote that Obama’s presidency now “appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned.”

Boot wrote that he gained a “new perspective” on the Obama administration after watching him deliver a speech in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

“I was moved nearly to tears by his eloquent defense of a liberal world order that President Trump appears bent on destroying,” Book wrote.

Obama appeared to offer wide-ranging criticism of Trump in the Tuesday speech, saying “those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.”

Boot said Obama’s speech was not full of self-praise or name-calling like many from Trump.

“Obama has a far better claim than Trump to being a ‘very stable genius,’ but he didn’t call himself one,” Boot wrote. “The sentences were complete and sonorous — and probably written by the speaker himself.”

“Imagine Trump writing anything longer than a tweet — and even those are full of mistakes,” he added.

Obama’s White House was also not full of the scandals seen in the current administration, Boot pointed out.

“Can you believe that an Obama-era scandal was that the president wore a tan suit or put his feet up on the desk?” Boot asked.

Yours truly dug up a photo of one of the many times Obama put his feet up but then again I think he worked a lot at his job and probably needed to :) 

Back to Max Boot :  He pointed to a September 2013 headline from The Washington Times that read “Obama’s foot on Oval Office desk sends shockwaves around the world.”

“Oh, to have those days back again — before we had a president who was involved in indecent relationships with a Russian despot and (allegedly) a porn star,” Boot wrote.

“He reminds me that just 18 months ago — can you believe it was so recently? — we had a president with whom I could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead. We can have one again,” wrote Boot, who, like fellow conservatives George Will and Joe Scarborough, left the Republican Party over Trump.

I would like to point out that personally over the years I have never voted straight line DEM or GOP / the lines were blurred in the past and you chose the person or character that you respected the most. It’s all different now :(  The GOP seems to have been taken over somehow :(   

When Other Presidents Visited the UK and the Queen Over the Years

First of all I have to say that I am an avid fan of the series “The Crown” and have watched it at least two times now.

I know that every little thing is not historically correct but it does give one a feel for the monarchy and their rules and what they go through to be the monarchy and retain their lifestyle….

And aside from that and the fascination and love that most of us had back in the day for Princess Diana, and recently watching the wedding of Prince Harry to  Meghan Markle I don’t pay too much attention to the royals.

But with Trump’s visit to the UK and the immense displeasure of their people for having him there and the protests I researched a bit.

That was President Jimmy Carter visiting Newcastle with a crowd of 20,000 cheering him on.

“When JFK came in 1961, half a million people lined the route between London airport and the west end to catch a glimpse of him and his wife Jackie Kennedy.”

“US presidents also enjoyed a warm relationship with the Royal Family. Eisenhower was a particular favourite of the Queen, who invited him to stay at Balmoral – the only president to do so.”

“Ronald Reagan also got on well with the Queen, who in 1982 personally invited him to stay at Windsor Castle and go for a ride in the Great Park.

And they rode horses together:

In 1994, Bill and Hillary Clinton were honored with a sleepover on board the royal yacht Britannia in Portsmouth.”

George Bush spent the night at Buckingham Palace.

President Barack Obama and the Queen:

All of these presidents were welcomed fairly warmly, had State Dinners, etc.

What a contrast this week has been. And it is worth noting.  MASSIVE protests across the UK and Scotland. They don’t approve of this president Trump and what he stands for and says and does.

But I wanted to find some photos of when she was younger…

Politics, Personalities, USA, pic: 17th October 1957, President Dwight D, Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower, centre, with HM,Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip before a state dinner in the White House, Washington D,C, Dwight D,Eisenhower (1890-1969) became the 34th President of the United States 1953-1961 (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

That same beautiful welcoming smile was extended to President Trump and Melania today at age 92 : )

credits: BBC News, Seniorark.com, USA Today, People