The Daily Dose/January 20, 2017
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR: Donald Trump – Donald Trump! – takes office as the 45th president of the United States today. We don’t do a lot of predicting here at The Daily Dose, preferring wise-ass post-mortems, but we feel pretty safe making the following statement:
Donald Trump was a national embarrassment as a presidential candidate and as president-elect. He will be an embarrassment as president of the United States.
It’s difficult to argue with this because the best indicator of future performance is past performance and let’s not forget Trump was a misfit of a private citizen, too. America elected someone president whose only real talent, and it’s something he does supremely well, is drumming up interest in himself.
Dry, Technical Matter: Trump likes to blame the media for some things but you know what? He should be buying them champagne because he would not have been nominated, much less elected, without them. A real media would have conducted a proper vetting of Trump’s utter lack of qualifications for the White House and had him dismissed from the GOP race in a few days. Instead, Trump meant big ratings and clicks and the media kept him in the race as the other candidates fell by the wayside.
Despite the fact the GOP has control of the US Senate and House and of the White House, nothing is going to get done. The big-picture that have plagued us for years and that will ultimately destroy this country if not attended to, will remain.
Gaylon For Congress…Vote Early, Vote Often: When I was campaigning for the United States Senate in 2014 and the US House last year, I always said our biggest problem was our economy, that America needed an economy anchored in low taxes and free markets.
We still do need an economy anchored in low taxes and free markets, but it is no longer our most pressing issue.
Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: Our most pressing issue is an American society that is bitterly divided. We are divided politically, and ethnically and socially and economically like never before. And President Trump is not going to make it any better. There’s no way. He is too gauche, too uninterested in anything other than promoting Donald Trump, too uninterested in civility or in anything other than drumming up interest in Donald Trump.
America cannot continue this divided. Sure, this country has always been divided, going back to before the founding of this republic, but it’s more so this time. In the past we were always able to accept our divisions without rampant gunfire. No more. Gunfire is now one of the primary forms of interaction in this country, right behind saying “good morning” and we don’t see it getting any better in the near future.
MORE HOT PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION ACTION: Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in as president and vice president on this date in 1937, the first time an inauguration was held on January 20 since the passage of the 20th Amendment in 1927. It’s the second term for both, although Garner would be replaced by Henry Wallace for FDR’s third term.
FunFact: Before the 20th Amendment, presidential terms began and ended on March 4.
I Do Solemnly Swear: On this date in 1981 the 52 American hostages being held in Iran are released, 20 minutes after Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president of the United States.
Well, Great…The Middle Of Nowhere: A team of three British and one Canadian man reach the southern pole of inaccessibility – the point in Antarctica the farthest from any ocean – on this date in 2007. It was the first visit by anyone since the Soviets had left in 1958, and they were the first ever to do it without mechanical assistance, making the 1,093-mile trip entirely with skis and kites.
Viva The Motherland: On arrival, they were met by the large, gold statue of Vladimir Lenin the Soviets had left there.
Thought For The Day: I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love…– George Washington, first inaugural address.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question: The other two people besides Gene Cernan (Apollo 10, Apollo 17) to fly to the moon twice are John Young (Apollo 10, Apollo 16) and Jim Lovell (Apollo 8, Apollo 13). Lovell is the only man to do go twice without landing.
Today’s Stumper: The end of the Obama Administration ends an era where four of the last five presidents were elected to and served two terms: Reagan, Clinton, George W Bush and Obama. This happened one other time in American history. Name the presidents involved.– Answer next time!