News with a Twist
Trump’s(I) interview with CNBC demonstrates his sense of history(?), his business acumen(?) and, of course, his incoherence(!)
As the world watches the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald John Trump(I)*, it is easy to forget what a stable genius Donald Trump(I) actually is. And not only just a stable genius, but one who is the world’s greatest businessman, who knows words…”the best words”…and is apparently eager to use those words to show off his business acumen.
*Note: In keeping with Nancy Pelosi’s statement, “Trump will always be impeached. It cannot be erased,” Around the Block will henceforth follow his name with (I) whenever he is mentioned.
This week, Trump(I) attended the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Who better then to have attend this meeting than the world’s most powerful leader and most successful businessman…Donald John Trump(I).
Given Trump’s(I) status as both a world and business leader, he is naturally sought out for one-on-one interviews with the world’s media, like this one, where CNBC’s Joe Kernan asked Trump(I) to opine about Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, now that Tesla’s market value exceeds both GM and Ford.
Here’s the transcript of the interview:
KERNEN: Tesla’s now worth more than GM and Ford. Do you have comments on Elon Musk?
TRUMP (I): Well — you have to give him credit. I spoke to him very recently, and he’s also doing the rockets. He likes rockets. And — he does good at rockets too, by the way. I never saw where the engines come down with no wings, no anything, and they’re landing. I said I’ve never seen that before. And I was worried about him, because he’s one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius. You know, we have to protect Thomas Edison and we have to protect all of these people that — came up with originally the light bulb and — the wheel and all of these things. And he’s one of our very smart people and we want to– we want to cherish those people.
I’ll leave it to CNN’s Chris Cillizza to get the final word on this exchange.
“So, he ‘does good at the rockets,’ you say? Musk’s company — Space X — has set a goal of building a ‘self-sustaining’ civilization on Mars or, put another way, ‘he likes rockets.‘”
“Musk is ‘one of our great geniuses’ and, as such, must be protected. Just like we protect Thomas Edison. Who died in 1931. But who, in case you had forgotten ‘came up with originally the light bulb.'”
“Not only do we need to protect geniuses like Musk (alive!) and Edison (not alive!), we also need to protect the person who invented the wheel.”
“The wheel was invented by the ancient Mesopotamians about 5,500 years ago. So, that one wasn’t an American invention. But we still need to protect it/them!“
Thanks, Chris, for your parsing of President Donald J. Trump’s(I) astute, penetrating and incisive words about Elon Musk, Tesla, rockets, Thomas A. Edison, the light bulb and wheels. A classic example of the stable genius at work.
But this interview got me thinking.
Do you wonder how the folks at Wharton react every time this stable genius, Wharton graduate opens his mouth? Do you think they’re looking to disavow themselves of the connection?
Around the Block checked. And, yes, they do. And, yes, they have.