Dave Gergen was the kindest boss I ever had. He was in charge of me for most of the time I toiled happily as a speechwriter for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in 1973 and 1974. Intelligent, witty, a loving and caring man. I still run into him from time to time at lush watering spots. Still always a man to be admired.
That’s why I was surprised today to read that Dave had said that Mr. Trump’s first 100 days were the worst of any President ever.
Really, Dave ? Worse than Lincoln’s first 100 days? When 11 southern states seceded and the War Between the States… that eventually cost 600,000 lives… began? Worse than when Lincoln arrested most of the Maryland legislature to keep them from voting to secede?
Worse than when Chief Justice Roger Taney ordered the officials released under habeas corpus and Lincoln refused and threatened to lock up Chief Justice Taney?
Worse than when FDR passed immense New Deal legislation in 1933 basically turning the free market into a command economy… and then watched almost all of it ruled illegal and unconstitutional?
I don’t mention these to embarrass Dave, who surely knows all of this. But only to point out that the events of recent days pale into nothing by historic standards. And one more thing. This is only the 64th day of Donald Trump’s America. There is still time for him to arrest those judges in Hawaii and Seattle. There is lots to be done.
Meanwhile my beloved wife, goddess of goddesses, is in the hospital and politics seems like a joke.
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