The White House Babbler

It may or not have been Plato who said it first, but I like it anyway: ‘As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.’

If it isn’t already, I suggest it should be inscribed in gold lettering over the entrance to the White House. After all, it is the home – at least for now – of the US’s undisputed Babbler-in-Chief.

I have, belatedly, learnt to stop worrying so much about his babblings, because I have come to the conclusion that they have little or no significance beyond signalling the emptiness of the vessel from which they emanate. (I am well aware of the risks of tempting fate, but I still think the point is worth making.)

Pride of place in the Babblers’ Hall of Fame came just a couple of days ago when, as the New York Times headline put it: ‘Trump Makes Puzzling Claim That Rising Stock Market Erases Debt.’ The story’s first line said it all: ‘President Trump suggested on Wednesday evening that a soaring stock market might be “in a sense” reducing the national debt, a statement that is not true, in any sense.’

As for the much-heralded wall along the border with Mexico? Babble. The repeal of Obamacare? More babble. (His latest attempt, by cutting off government subsidies to health insurers, faces immediate challenge in the courts.) The ‘total destruction’ of North Korea? Babble, babble. (Thank goodness.)

Over the past few days, we’ve had threats to revoke the broadcasting licences of TV networks such as NBC (the babbler doesn’t have the power to do that), and the staggeringly inane remark that ‘It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write.’ (I’d love to be the White House aide who …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK politics

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