Submitted by William Bonner, Chairman – Bonner & Partners
PARIS – Yesterday, we got so much mail on our recent issue on Donald Trump we couldn’t read it all. Pro… con… off the wall – readers’ sentiments were all over the place.
But a clever reader mercifully brought the discussion to an end with this quote from fellow Baltimorean H.L. Mencken:
“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”
HL Mencken as a young man in front of his pre-war word processor. There’s a trenchant Mencken quote for nearly every occasion. If we could, we’d resurrect him.
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All over the world, elections allow the people to express their innermost thoughts and feelings. This is a big day in Argentina, for example. Outgoing president Cristina Kirchner is supposed to hand over power to her successor, Mauricio Macri.
But when we looked yesterday, there was dispute as to exactly what time the baton would be passed. And Cristina has let it be known she would not attend the inaugural and would generally make life as difficult for Mr. Macri as possible.
This photo is simply too funny not to show it – it cries out for a caption contest actually. Background: Kirchner asked Macri to visit her in the presidential palace, so she could personally congratulate him on his victory. And she said to him to “come alone”, which immediately spawned the twitter hashtag #VeniSolo (#ComeAlone)
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Image from an #VeniSolo tweet …
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