Presidents have many different types of portraits. Sometimes they have plain or semi-abstract backgrounds, such as Reagan in his pinstripe suit against a red glow or the golden-white Obama portrait by Edwin van den Dikkenberg. Other times, portraits have a little Washington DC in them, such as the Oval Office or the Capitol—in Reagan’s case the side of his desk, in Obama’s case the regal chair he is sitting in. Many other presidents had largely unfinished borders around the bust, often spilling into the image of the president himself. In Obama’s freshly unveiled official portrait by Kehinde Wiley, he is sitting much the same way as W in the Robert Anderson, 2008 portrait.

I didn’t like Obama; ISIS rose and he left his work easily unraveled. Still, I submit that this is not a bad portrait of Obama. It is good by any standard of past presidents and it belongs. I wish I could take the credit; the leaves bring a “plain” background to life.  · · · →

Congressman Devin Nunes was surprised that people lie. When he appeared on Rush yesterday, he recalled being interviewed by members of the media, then lied about, then he declined their future requests for interview.

Didn’t he know?

Trump also demonstrated a similar learning curve—that people in the media lie. Bush, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama didn’t demonstrate any “learning curve” per se. The Bushes talked about it, but didn’t seem taken by it. Actually, they didn’t seem to care. They didn’t shift strategies like Nunes and Trump do. Neither were Clinton and Obama the least bit surprised when they complained about opposition in the media. Reagan was ready for it from the beginning, which makes him unique, I suppose.

Shortly after Nunes, Rush told a caller that reactions from the public bothered him earlier in his career, but that he eventually got used to it. Specifically, it was about being quoted, but not cited.  · · · →

Tuesday’s State of the Union address is best understood in light of China and North Korea. On Monday, Rush correctly identified the general purpose of nearly every State of the Union address: to make it look like the president is not wearing horns. According to a CBS/YouGov poll, Trump succeeded in winning the American people. He attempted the same on his visit to China with the Chinese people. That brings us to China and North Korea.

The purpose of government restrictions on the press is not to make the people love the government; it is to allow just enough of a truth vacuum for propaganda to make the people hate another country more than their own government. We see this with the anti-Americanism saturating North Korean culture. But, it is not unique to any one country. Preventing communication from the outside is necessary for the inside to hate the outside.

China’s increased restrictions on media—whether the professional press or social media—smells with the word “timing”.  · · · →

The political problems in America over the last three decades all came because people got involved too late.

Many young people registered to vote only because Obama was the rave at the time. Prior to that, many of those “Obama registrants” didn’t care about politics more than the top movies and pop music of the week. They got involved as novices—unfamiliar with the political games that come from all directions. That threw off political strategy. Republicans didn’t know how to react. Democrats thought they were more loved than they were, making them lazy in 2016.

Then came Trump—and his Tweets. Trump’s Twitter account has brought in another slew of political novices. People who didn’t care all that much during the Obama years, one way or another, are fiery hot about Trump—one way or another, but mostly in objection. That’s alarming to the slightly-more-quiet Trumpists.

Don’t underestimate the Trumpists. He will be re-elected in 2020.  · · · →