A meme is circulating around Facebook with a quote from the President’s recent rally in Montana. Memes do tend to exaggerate and offer opinions with no factual basis, so I looked at it with a grain of salt, until I fact-checked it and found it to be true, word-for-word. Here is what the President said:
“I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.”
This ineloquent word-salad is an embarrassment to the entire country.
There have been presidential moments throughout history where our leaders have given speeches that have gone down in history, which reach levels of eloquence that are so moving as to move one to tears. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” speech. Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” speech.
President Trump will never have a speech that will go down in history. His speaking style is not “casual,” “down-to-earth,” or “of the people.” It is unintelligible gibberish which one would expect Jack Nicholson’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” character Randle McMurphy to hear in the mental institution where he served his criminal sentence. Our President is perhaps, in dire need of some version of Nurse Ratched to bring him in line.