Look, I'm sorry, but dignity matters. Especially if you're the village preacher, the Mayor...or President of the United States. You wear a nice suit and you mind what you say. As President Coolidge observed, in public office, "...the American public wants a solemn ass...."
I just spent ten minutes looking up the source of a Presidentially-applied nickname, thanks to Mr. Trump using it (as he has for at least six years) and a social-media teapot-tempest that erupted over it. Sources I can trust to take a jaundiced view of President Trump, from a Left-leaning Israeli newspaper to the Washington Post, not to mention the guy who carries the nickname himself, assure me that "sleepy eyes" has barely got legs as an anti-Semitic slur. It stands up well as a nickname right out of a rejected Little Rascals script, and that's probably about as deep as it gets.
But dammit, why am I even wasting time looking this up? Doesn't he have a surgical scar from a gall-bladder operation he can show us, an enemies list to compile or an intern to chase around the desk in the Oval Office? A homicidal rabbit to clobber?
Some days, I miss Nan Britton. But I miss Calvin Coolidge even more.
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