A hundred days are over all the media report
And yet there’s no agreement on the meaning that they’ve brought
Has reality intruded, has he learned from his defeats?
Not according to his rallies and his narcissistic Tweets


            The President, having made very, very big, absolutely tremendous promises to accomplish truly miraculous changes in his first hundred days has now decided that the hundred day target is an absurdly trivial notion invented by the treacherous media. So the  New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz quoted newly appointed Education Secretary Betsy Devos  asking what’s so magical about 100 days. After all, she complains, “who can count all the way to a hundred? They’re acting like we’re a bunch of math geniuses.”

            The Simpsons used the occasion to underscore a campaign of mockery that went back to 2000, when one of the show’s writer- producers, Dan Greaney, predicted a Trump Presidency, providing the show with a celebrity name “ that would sound slightly absurdist…a “Simpsons’-esque figure – he fit rights in there in an over-the-top way.” At the time he seemed “kind of lovable”. But when he actually ran for President and won Bart Simpson apologized: “BEING RIGHT SUCKS.” And Bart’s regrets are compounded by a hundred days of pandemonium in the White House,  Ivanka Trump replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, and     accomplishments limited to “lowering his golf handicap and increasing his Twitter following by 700”.

            The late night TV hosts feasted on the rich material Trump continued to provide. Stephen Colbert, in particular, saw his ratings soar when he moved from genial chit-chat with celebrities to a full-throated mocking of Trump and his entourage: “I gotta say, Donald Trump has done a lot for me in the first 100 days. Thank you for your service, Mr. President.”  All the other TV comedy hosts followed Colbert’s example with varying degrees of acerbity. But none got under Trump.s skin as effectively as Saturday Night Live, featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump who, quite correctly, described the show as “totally biased.”

                        A similar bias inspired the pens of cartoonists around the world.  An Irish Times compilation of their work included a cartoon from  Puerto Rico  depicting Putin holding a Trump puppet; from Brazil Trump’s “America First” as a giant fist;  from Croatia a  rendering of  “Baron Trumphausen” riding a nuclear bomb; from Canada a furious Kim Jong-Un throwing a tantrum because he has lost the “Crazed Person of the Month” award to Trump. A U.S. cartoonist constructs a “100” figure out of a cell phone followed by two golf balls. And from Ireland comes an Uncle Sam frayed and battered by the first 100 days, but warned that: “You have 1381 days to go.”  


Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (Archive on Monday, January 27, 2020)



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