November 13, 2016

The 10-year-old boy did a great job of standing there stoically at 3 a.m. Imagine being thrust into the public spotlight like that!

Rousted out of a deep sleep, suited up like an adult, and stood on the stage to be gawked at by a billion people. It was a surreal moment for all of us, but what was it to the boy? Now, a GIF has been made of the funniest second of the child's struggle, and people a Facebook watch it loop and they laugh.



Now, he must go live in the White House. When is the last time a boy has been made to live as the only child in the White House? John John had a sister. Poor Barron! My heart goes out to him. He's doing a great job. The idea that this GIF shows that he doesn't respect his father makes me sad. How hard he tried at 3 a.m. to do what was right, but the boy's eyes rolled back for a second, perhaps into sleep, and it amused the crowd.

62 comments:

Comanche Voter said...

He'll survive. Boys are little savages and they are tough.

rhhardin said...

He's thinking of pussy.

cf said...

Most High Good, draw us, each and every one, to that natural place where we know the Harmony and Wisdom innate in all creation. let us rest in the peace of this perfect moment now, ground ourselves in the Most True Things, and be Compassionate and Strong.
god bless Barron.

rehajm said...

As the child of The President will Barron be 'off limits' to media criticism in the way that Chelsea Clinton has been for 24 years?

campy said...

As the child of The President will Barron be 'off limits' to media criticism in the way that Chelsea Clinton has been for 24 years?

Of course. If there's one thing our press values over impartiality and lack of bias, it's total consistency.

CStanley said...

Well he's already led a very unusual life. This experience might be taking it to another level but it's not as unusual for someone of his background as it would be for a kid who grew up in a middle class background.

He's a very handsome boy...I'm thinking that a lot of young girls are going to have Barron fever soon.

GAHCindy said...

He's such a cutie. I have a couple around that age. That's exactly what I'd expect of them. I doubt his mother will allow him to be in the public eye any more than absolutely necessary due to the meanness of his father's opposition. I sure wouldn't. Hope they can protect that boy.

Humperdink said...

I asked my spouse while watching this: "what's with the white tie on the boy, you can hardly see it?".

Only she would have observed the three ties on stage Trump's, Barron's and Pence's were red, white and blue. I smiled.

gilbar said...

"Of course. If there's one thing our press values over impartiality and lack of bias, it's total consistency."
It is SO TRUE! just think of the Bush girls!

AllenS said...

That 10 year old boy, is more mature than any of the protesters you see running around breaking shit. He'll do fine.

dreams said...

I predict that 10 year boy will be ok, I also predict that he will be at least 6'8" tall as an adult.

dreams said...

These liberals don't seem to be very prescient either.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzl8xjkgXCo

sojerofgod said...

I had similar thoughts when I saw the video of Trump's speech. Poor little thing can barely keep his eyes open after what was probably already a long day.
That said, one other thing I have noticed about This whole sorry mess was how well Trump's children all appear to have been raised. I believe that this is because HE was deeply involved in their lives, not some nanny or parent-lite surrogate. I can imagine Trump telling him, "I know your tired son, but I want you to be here, with me. This is a night you will remember for the rest of your life and I don't want you to miss it."
I know I would have.

Curious George said...

He may looking at dad's hair and praying the axiom that you get your mother's hair is true.

"sojerofgod said...
That said, one other thing I have noticed about This whole sorry mess was how well Trump's children all appear to have been raised."

I think it speaks well of Donald.

dreams said...

"I had similar thoughts when I saw the video of Trump's speech. Poor little thing can barely keep his eyes open after what was probably already a long day.
That said, one other thing I have noticed about This whole sorry mess was how well Trump's children all appear to have been raised. I believe that this is because HE was deeply involved in their lives, not some nanny or parent-lite surrogate. I can imagine Trump telling him, "I know your tired son, but I want you to be here, with me. This is a night you will remember for the rest of your life and I don't want you to miss it."
I know I would have."

Yeah, but that might not be the preferred narrative, regardless, I don't think the negative spin will hurt Trump's son.

Oso Negro said...

At his age, just trying to stand still makes a fellow itch and squirm.

Rusty said...

He kept it together pretty well for being 10 @ three AM.
Good kid.

tim maguire said...

I was at Chuck Schumer's primary victory speech almost 20 years ago. This poor boy has nothing on Schumer's exhausted daughter. What was this child doing the next morning? Sleeping, I hope. After just a few hours sleep, Schumer's still exhausted daughter was at the bus stop on her way to school. Nobody would have criticized Schumer if he let her sleep in, but no. There were cameras to pander to and walking his daughter to the bus stop is too great a media moment pass up.

She can sleep after the election is over. She was seven, after all.

SayAahh said...

Great post!
Thank you.

SteveM said...

Donald Trump is 6' 3". Standing right next to him, Barron seems very tall for a 10 year old.

retail lawyer said...

Maybe the new Administration will be fun.

Saint Croix said...

Not worried about the Trump kids. He obviously loves his children! Like Obama loves his kids.

That's one of the ugly aspects of modern politics, the attacks on children. Saw it with Clinton, Bush, Obama and now Trump. We all ought to be mindful of our attacks on the family members of people in power. Not cool.

I did it myself, in the white heat of the primaries. Linked to an unflattering photograph of Barron looking smug. Really ugly move on my part. My apologies.

dreams said...

Trump's Friend Barron Hilton, the son of Conrad Hilton was named Barron after his mother's maiden name and a few years ago Trump came to the rescue of Barron Hilton by buying his newly built Hotel in Atlantic City after Hilton was surprisingly denied a gaming licence and Trump even paid the full price.

I don't know if Trump and Barron Hilton are close friends but they do share some painful history given that they both are younger sons of very successful self-made men each having an older and less gifted brother who became an alcoholic and died young. Barron Hilton is the younger brother of Conrad Hilton Jr (Nicky) who also was Elizabeth Taylor's first husband. Barron Hilton is the grandfather of Paris and Nicky Hilton.

I wonder if Trump named Barron after Barron Hilton or if they just liked the name.

sane_voter said...

I cringed when I saw he was going to be on camera for the victory speech. I was thinking there was no way he was going to be able to stand there at 3am and not do something to create a vicious meme for the poor-loser lefties. But he really pulled it off. I don't think I could have done it. The Dems can run the gif and laugh and while we solidify the supreme court, gut Obamacare, secure the border, and drain the DC swamp.

Freder Frederson said...

That said, one other thing I have noticed about This whole sorry mess was how well Trump's children all appear to have been raised."

I think it speaks well of Donald.


More likely speaks well of the Nanny.

clint said...

Get used to it. For the next four years all of the rules of deference to the office of the President and basic human decency towards his family -- those never existed. We have always been at war with EastAsia.


(Perhaps it's just that I haven't had my coffee yet, but the "I'm not a robot" quizzes seem to be getting more and more sophisticated. I have this vague notion that the CAPTCHA people could be gathering a valuable data set on which an evolved AI could learn natural image processing... or getting commenters to sort through data/image files in an Army-of-Davids style of brute force analysis.

I'm imagining a not-too-distant future where the CAPTCHA shows a picture of an amber-alert missing child and then an array of ten stills from traffic cameras and asks, "Please prove you're not a robot. Do you see this child in any of these pictures?"

I think I should go make the coffee...)

AprilApple said...

Poor kid. He just wants to be a kid. He's thinking - the next 4 years -oi.

AllenS said...

My parents worked, and they couldn't afford a nanny, so my grandmother ran things when they were at work. I turned out fucking amazingly great.

Meade said...

"More likely speaks well of the Nanny."

Smug AlertLevel: 10 — Very high. (Above 10: Avoid strenuous self-reflection and critical thinking. Children and the elderly should also avoid internet social media exertion. Reduce or reschedule internet activities, especially if you experience symptoms such as headache and throat irritation.)

AprilApple said...

That's true Allen S. :)

alan markus said...

@ Meade re: "Smug AlertLevel:10"

At what Alert Level does one expect to see symptoms of impotence?

Humperdink said...

Freder, isn't there a protest close by you could participate in? Maybe burn a car or two?

alan markus said...

In a spirit of fairness, it should be noted that if you Google "Obama girls not impressed", you will find results like these:

Sasha Obama “is not impressed” in China — but leave her alone!

President Obama's Teenage Daughters Were Not Impressed During the White House Turkey Pardon -- Watch Their Priceless Reactions

Meade said...

"At what Alert Level does one expect to see symptoms of impotence?"

Somewhere between 1: sniffing your own farts and thinking 'mmm... nice' and 2: 'oh, here, sniff mine — it's even better than yours because I have a master's degree... in... SMUGNESS!'

Mrs. X said...

A facebook friend of mine posted a picture of Baron on stage during his dad's 3 am speech next to a picture of Hitler youth. He said "Trump will make Baron the general of the Trump youth." His liberal friends' comments uniformly said some version of "I hate Trump too, but this is a terrible thing to say, you can't pick on the kid." Facebook friend excoriated them in return. Former facebook friend.

This is what Baron, and all of us, have to look forward to.

dreams said...

Barron, being a boy might get more abuse than the young girls of past presidents because people tend to be more protective and considerate of girls.

John said...

Did anyone notice how Crooked Hilary looked at 3AM as she stood in front of her supporters giving her concession speech and thanks for all their efforts?

Are there any GIFs of that floating around?

Oh, never mind. She basically said fuck you to her supporters, hit the bottle and went to bed. She couldn't even be bothered to make an appearance.

Two other interesting things I heard about Javits Center Tuesday night.

they had a hard deadline of 2AM. The National Association of Broadcasters was having their convention the next day and the entire Hilary! apparatus had to be removed so the NAB could be set up by 8AM.

There was a fake (naturally) glass ceiling that was supposed to crack dramatically when Crooked Hilary passed 270. Needless to say, they didn't need it. They could have sent it over to Trumpville for Kellyanne Conway to use but naaaah. Her first doesn't count.

These two things, especially the 2AM moveout, makes me think that Crooked Hilary still, Tuesday afternoon, thought she would win in an early landslide. Fuck you, Hilary. Fooled again.

John Henry

dreams said...

"He's such a cutie. I have a couple around that age. That's exactly what I'd expect of them. I doubt his mother will allow him to be in the public eye any more than absolutely necessary due to the meanness of his father's opposition. I sure wouldn't. Hope they can protect that boy."

I watched an interview of his mother a few months back and she was very aware of the need to let her son develop his own interests, to have the freedom to grow but also she wanted be a loving and protective mother to him. I was very impressed with her.

Martha said...

I saw a clip of Trump tying his son's white tie for him earlier in the evening. It was an adorable father-son interaction.
The kid will be alright.

Michael K said...

"allow him to be in the public eye any more than absolutely necessary due to the meanness of his father's opposition."

Yes, the haters will be after him for years. Freder got an early start.

If you want to see the results of nanny's raising kids, look at at Bobby Kennedy's kids.

Michael K said...

"She couldn't even be bothered to make an appearance. "

I doubt she was sober enough and someone made an intervention.

JAORE said...

"I doubt she was sober enough and someone made an intervention."

Drunk, sick or pissed-off. Take your pick.

madAsHell said...

Didn't Obama parade his kids before the camera, and they were popping chewing gum?

tim in vermont said...

Nixon didn't concede until the next day either. A wasted opportunity for that last use of the "Hillary is like Nixon" tag.

Fabi said...

Let's compare all of Trump's children to the Kennedy issue. I don't think we'll ever see one of DT's children raping women or overdosing on heroin -- that's reserved for the sociopathic losers of the Kennedy Klan.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Not a nice thing to do to the kid. Less repugnant than Joe Biden's head wagging like a vacuous solo Amen Chorus next to Obama. More down-to-earth than the backdrop of bleacher with carefully arranged prop-people.

Darrell said...

Freder is an old-school Lefty. He makes his points by shitting on the sidewalk, like all great Lefties before him have done.

Rusty said...

Freder Frederson said...
That said, one other thing I have noticed about This whole sorry mess was how well Trump's children all appear to have been raised."

I think it speaks well of Donald.

More likely speaks well of the Nanny.


Are you jealous? After Trump is a rich man. To get rich he must have stolen some of his wealth from you, right?

Howard said...

Fabi: The worst was JFK Jr. who killed his wife and wife's friend because he didn't know how to look at an attitude indicator at night over water with low visibility resulting in a death spiral.

Howard said...

At first, I thought the kid was an assburger, but it took a Mom like Althouse to point out the obvious.

FullMoon said...

I tuned in right at the point where Barron was fidgeting. Assumed he needed to use the restroom, then Dad kept going on, and on, and on. I went back to bed before he finished. Was relieved to see Barron made it without peeing his pants.

FullMoon said...


Blogger clint said...

"I'm not a robot" quizzes seem to be getting more and more sophisticated. I have this vague notion that the CAPTCHA people could be gathering a valuable data set on which an evolved AI could learn natural image processing... or getting commenters to sort through data/image files in an Army-of-Davids style of brute force analysis.


Using Firefox,Google account, I ignore robot thing, skip preview, and am able to publish

aritai said...

Even worse for the billion dollar a year establishment, Barron ran his dad's Colorado campaign for a fraction of the usual amount. And he did pretty well, and probably moved more Johnson voters into his Dad's camp than anyone else could have. Either way a giant FU delivered as only Andrew Jackson could would have done. Amazing what an old fashioned nuclear family can nature and grow when we, they recognize there is no important vocation, something that can't be trusted to another, nanny or day care. Of course only the Left would make this impossible, but Mr. T. seems to understand and is using his new tax policies to make this possible for at least some. With school choice being equally important when the parent's jobs have been lost to regulation so both must work. What a desert the left leaves in their wake. Now if they'd only study it with the religious intensity they do of sunlight shining on a bottle of carbon dioxide. Then again, I'm surprised Ms. Lynch didn't have the FBI standing outside to arrest (and convict) the parents for child abuse. Of course the FBI has never prosecuted anyone or said anything about "is there enough evidence to prosecute" that's not their job. It's prosecutor, a gran jury, A U.S attorny's and even AJ's job. They can chose to prosecute on a whim, an upset stomach or a bad day. Then again, this means they have to take responsibility, and if our AG did her job or left it to a special prosecutor we'd have a repeat of the Saturday Night Massacre. Full circle tragedy for Ms. C. And we certainly can't have that. So let the person of no stus or responsibility catch this spear and sacrifice himself for the sisterhood. good fun.

victoria said...

The last 6 months is probably the most time he's spent with his father since he was born. Not respect him? Doesn't even know him.

Those 3 kids were raised by their mother, with their father only showing interest in them when they went to college. I suspect he had to pull some serious strings to get those boys admitted to Penn. Ivanka, no problem, she is the brain trust of the group.


Vicki from Pasadena

Big Mike said...

A note for those who are laughing at Barron and hating on him. I voted for Trump as the least of a bunch of evils. Thank you very much for confirming that I made the right choice.

exiledonmainstreet said...

victoria said...
The last 6 months is probably the most time he's spent with his father since he was born. Not respect him? Doesn't even know him."

So you know the inner workings of the Trump family? That's remarkable. Do you know a close personal friend or are you the Miss Cleo of Republican presidential families?

rehajm said...

The last 6 months is probably the most time he's spent with his father since he was born. Not respect him? Doesn't even know him."

Barron has a work at home dad for pete's sake! That's not changing with the new job, either...

Meade said...

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Eric Landgraf said...

Playmates. A boys club in the WH. Maybe a scout troop. WDC matrons fight each other for his favors. Later girls decide they want to be in the WH club. He spends his adolescence in the WH. He leaves 8 years later. He's 18 and free. And he can fly an F-35 if he wants. All the power babes in WDC want his number. And so do their mamas.

His DAD shows him the neatest toys. He meets and greats the most famous people in the world.

NIRVANA, Baron!!!!!!!!!

gnome said...

When Chelsea was very young some wag quipped "there's a new dog in the White House". So droll, so cowardly, so hurtful, so unneccesary.

Leave the kids alone, even if you hate their parents it isn't their fault.

I watched it live and felt sorry for the poor kid, forced to wear a white tie at 3 AM. Even as an adult I wouldn't like it, and I'd probably load myself with caffeine to get through it. Kids can't even do that.

(But I hope Trump has trouble living on the reduced salary and we get to see that pants suit on Melania again.)

Rusty said...

Meade said...
"COMMENTS ARE MODERATED some but not all of the time. This is for the purpose of excluding/removing a small handful of commenters who, I believe, intend to ruin this forum. They already know who they are. For everyone else, try to be responsive to the post, don't make personal attacks on other commenters, bring some substance or humor to the conversation, and don't do that thing of putting in a lot of extra line breaks."

Duly noted and accepted.

Gosh, Victoria, I beg to disagree. I do believe you're looking at the situation from a prejudiced point of view.

Rusty said...

It was funny though.