President Trump is continuing his European visit in Great Britain. So far, he’s outraged the Europeans by telling them that NATO nations need to live up to their obligation to pay more for their own security, that Britain’s exit from the EU is taking too long and being handled badly, that a selectively-edited interview with him was “fake news,” and that open borders and unfettered immigration are causing terrible problems for Europe. European leaders responded by crying that he’s wrong, without specifying about what.
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And some Londoners (but far fewer than predicted), who live in a city whose leadership has responded to rising crime by banning guns for the law-abiding and then knives and then suggesting that maybe knives should be made less sharp (none of them are the sharpest knives in the drawer), took to the streets for a protest that embarrassed them more than it did Trump. Even their Bizarro World Macy’s Parade Anti-Trump Balloon was an embarrassment. Maybe they should spend less time whining about Trump and more time looking for jobs so they wouldn’t have time to waste clogging the streets during daylight hours.
Meanwhile, if Europeans would like a much-needed demonstration of how to behave with grace, elegance, charm and dignity, don’t look to politicians, and Heaven knows, don’t look to the childish protesters. Look to America’s First Lady, who quietly and tactfully schooled them all.
I would also like to add, on a personal note, how proud I was to see the White House Press Secretary accompanying the POTUS and FLOTUS to tea with Queen Elizabeth II. I wish her grandparents could have been alive to see that. For them, being invited to a catfish fry at City Hall in Hope, Arkansas, would have been hard to imagine.