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Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Perfect Compliment For Donald Trump
Uriah Heep (drawing by Fred Barnard)
Remember Gilda Radner aka Emily Litella's famous remark about “Soviet Jewelry.”Jimmy Fallon indulged in a
similar bit of word play in a skit where Donald Trump is consulting President
Obama about a potential running mate ("Jimmy Fallon's 'Trump' Calls 'Obama' After Indiana Win,"The Hill, 5/5/16. When Obama asks him what he is looking
for he says “someone who compliments me.” When Obama prosecutes the point asking "you mean someone who has a different skill set than you?" Trump responds, "No, I mean someone who literally compliments me, like 'Donald, you're great.'" It’s a particularly
ingenious piece of humor since it’s so true not only of Trump, but
presidential candidates in general. No candidate wants some independent personality who's just going to go their own way. That was the cross John McCain had to bear when Sarah Palin came aboard. Joe Biden is probably what Trump would be looking for in
a running mate. If you ever watch him at a Presidential event he looks totally smitten. A good presidential running mate has to be an A+ ass kisser. But sadly Biden will not be on Trump’s short list, more
because he wouldn’t be caught dead there than because he’s a democrat. If Trump
is looking for someone who compliments him, he needs to find the Republican
version of Joe Biden. Chris Christie? Nah there’s too
much of him especially if you're looking for someone to complement rather than compliment. Ben Carson? The problem with him is that his look of adoration is
too otherworldly. He’s on the stairway to heaven. Mary
Fallin, the governor of Oklahoma says she would be honored, but anyone who is
paying compliments even before she gets the job is obviously looking for
compliments herself. So who are we left with? Ideally you need someone as unctuous as Uriah Heep, but with a knowledge of Washington. Who would make be the perfect
selfless politician to run with Donald Trump, who’s adoration is pure, who
complements by paying compliments? The answer is no one. What we are talking about is unconditional
love, of the kind that only a child can offer. Yes the perfect addition to the
ticket is none other than Trump’s own daughter Ivanka. If you have ever watched
her at a televised rally, she looks at her father with the same rapture that
Joe Biden shows for Barack Obama.The only problem with Ivanka, in terms of her potential as a second fiddler, are the rumors that she's the one who's calling the shots.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.