Today I have for your entertainment a few statements about … making statements.
A Posthumous Statement …
For two years now, I have told my daughter that if I die of a sudden heart attack or stroke, I want her to let the world know that my blood is on Donald Trump’s hands by filing a lawsuit against Trump. After all, I have survived for 67 years … survived car crashes, devastating illnesses, having a gun pulled on me, even a hurricane … but I’m not sure I can survive the storm of the century … Trump. Apparently, I am not alone.
When Frances Irene Finley Williams died in November, at age 87, her family knew how much grief Trump had caused the poor woman, so they added the following line to the end of her obituary:
“Her passing was hastened by her continued frustration with the Trump administration.”
Makes perfect sense to me. Did you know, by the way, how much it costs to place an obituary in the newspaper? I was floored, for frankly I always thought it was a free service! It cost Ms. Williams’ family $1,684 to run the obituary in the Louisville, Kentucky, Courier-Journal. And then … the newspaper refused to print the obit! In an email, the family was told …
“Per our policy, we are not able to publish the obituary as is, due to the negative content within the obituary text.”
Ms. Williams’ son, Art, remained understandably upset, and finally last week posted a bit of a rant about it on his Facebook page that, not surprisingly, went viral and gained the attention of the Courier-Journal. Mr. Williams noted that the Courier Journal exists “by reason of freedom of speech.”
Richard Green, editor for the Courier-Journal issued an apology …
“Mrs. Williams’ obituary should have published as it was presented to our obits team and as requested by the family. In this political climate we now find ourselves, partisanship should have no role in deciding what gets included in an obituary that captures a loved one’s life — especially one as amazing as what Mrs. Williams led. I’m certain she is missed greatly by those who loved her. We send the family our deepest condolences and apologies.”
Ms. Williams was not the first to make a political statement in her obituary, either. In May 2016, before the tragic November election, a Virginia woman died, and her obituary read, in part …
“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God.”
And when Elaine Fydrych died in Runnemede, New Jersey, in 2015, her obituary asked, “In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.”
I think I will write my own obituary now … just in case!
A Tacky, Unfunny Statement …
I suppose Donald Trump thought he was being funny, else thought he was making a statement of sorts when he hosted Clemson Tigers football players, national champions of the 2018 college football playoffs, at the White House on Monday.
The dinner by candlelight, in an opulent room with a chandelier, was nothing more than boxed burgers and fries catered by McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King. Burgers that had been sitting on the table for more than an hour before the players arrived, and therefore were … cold. Cold, greasy burgers. At the White House. By candlelight.
Contrary to what he apparently believed, it was not funny. You will note that none of the Clemson players appeared amused by it and my best guess is they couldn’t wait to get out of there, from the looks on their faces. But, the late-night hosts had some fun with it …
Try to imagine any other president in history serving boxes of cold, greasy hamburgers and fries to guests at the White House. Imagine if President Obama, Bush or Reagan had done it. No, I can’t imagine it either. It was tacky, lacked taste and was … so like Trump himself.
Have a nice day, my friends!