October 30, 2017

"While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!"

A classic Trump tweet.

Some people — including me — find this hilarious, especially the "While not at all presidential," but some — I'm sure — are flummoxed. If it's not at all presidential, why the hell are you saying it?! That's so wrong.

But there's value in "a little bit of wrongness," as we discussed here.

44 comments:

Enthusiasm Quotes said...

Interesting topic

tim in vermont said...

Only the bot cares about MM.

Wilbur said...

Great. Another 100 or so comments by and to Chuck coming up.

Another thread I'll skip reading.

Will Cate said...

Brilliant. He is, simultaneously, showing a speck of self-awareness, and also mocking those who tag him as "unpresidential"

exhelodrvr1 said...

Brilliant tweet - making fun of the "unpresidential" crowd, mocking the extremely deserving Michael Moore, self-deprecating, showing very sharp wit.

Curious George said...

Trump > /= Trump

Roy Jacobsen said...

Even presidents experience schadenfreude.

Matt Sablan said...

Living well is the best revenge. Rubbing their nose in it is up there though.

rehajm said...

Trump is the president The tweet was sent by President Trump. Ergo...

I want to see the master list of Not Presidential Things we're all supposed to have memorized.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Is "presi" the tag used for tweets that are almost presidential but not quite unpresidential.

TerriW said...

Our first performance artist president?

rehajm said...

Obama's snide comments were wrong in the wrong way. I like Trumps direct style better. It's campy.

dreams said...

He knew that would be the claim, he anticipated the reaction of the usual suspects. Which is a good example of the difference in the words anticipate and expect, Trump expected that reaction and took action (anticipated) to ensure people knew it.

Beloved Commenter AReasonableMan said...

Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender

Well they fooled me, I just assumed it would be Hillary.

dreams said...

"an·tic·i·pate
[anˈtisəˌpāt]

VERB
anticipated (past tense) · anticipated (past participle)
regard as probable; expect or predict:
"she anticipated scorn on her return to the theater" · [more]
synonyms: expect · foresee · predict · be prepared for · bargain on · reckon on · [more]
guess or be aware of (what will happen) and take action in order to be prepared:
"they failed to anticipate a full scale invasion"
synonyms: preempt · forestall · second-guess · beat someone to the punch
look forward to:
"Stephen was eagerly anticipating the break from the routine of business"
synonyms: look forward to · await · count the days until · lick one's lips over
act as a forerunner or precursor of:
"he anticipated Bates's theories on mimicry and protective coloration""

Phil 314 said...

Who was the first person to use the one-word, semi-ironic exclamation

"Sad!"

AllenS said...

Why would you assume it would be Hillary, ARM? Mueller and Hillary are joined at the hip.

Tank said...

Trump is FUN !

Matt Sablan said...

Manafort? The guy who got let go, worked for Podesta and had been investigated since before Trump announced? That's the collusion? We spent millions to finish an investigation the FBI was already done?

Are there charges for the Podesta group too who also failed the same disclosures but for larger amounts?

Beloved Commenter AReasonableMan said...

AllenS said...
Why would you assume it would be Hillary,


I get most of my news from the Althouse blog. What about Weinstein? Surely he can be indicted for something.

dreams said...

In other words, Trump beat them to the punch.

Patrick said...

Exactly the right number of characters for a tweet. The man is a master.

MadisonMan said...
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MadisonMan said...

I assume that Harvard University School of Business is going to hire Trump post-Presidency so Trump can teach future Businessmen how to tweet.

Nobody does it better.

Saint Croix said...

Sloppy Michael Moore, that's a good one.

Larry J said...

I saw a comment last week that nailed it. Trump is using Twitter as his laser pointer and the MSM and leftists (but I repeat myself) are like a bunch of cats freaked out by the moving red dot.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

lol. I like. Harpoon the slob.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Corrupt criminal democrats are never indicted.

Wince said...

If reports are true that Manfort worked longer and more extensively with the Podestas on Russia/Ukraine, who do you think the Republican Manafort will dime-out to save his skin?

Maybe not Hillary but the people closest around her.

Matt Sablan said...

Aaaaand the "conspiracy" all involves nothing to do with the election.

What a dud.

The Cracker Emcee Refulgent said...

The "un-presidential" comment opens space to speak freely. It's a pretty common ploy. Once people type you as a "character", you have considerably more latitude to say inflammatory things. It does require a certain degree of both finesse and indifference to start creating that space.

Trump is Laslo

Kovacs said...

In response, Moore roasted Mr. Not-at-All-Presidential:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/10/29/donald_trump_and_michael_moore_are_fighting_on_twitter.html

Sebastian said...

I'd prefer not to need a president fighting the culture war via tweet. But in the absence of other effective and vigorous fighters, I'll take it.

Just as long as he also stymies the Mueller persecutions by pardoning people.

Darrell said...

Best ratings of any President ever. NBC's poll has Hillary a 97.3% lock to become President this November.

MadisonMan said...

Re: Moore's Tweeted Response to Donald: tl; dr.

That's the harshest criticism someone can get on Twitter, IMO.

Martin said...

I think the "Not at all presidential" is a hilarious poke at all those who criticize him for not being "presidential" in style, as a way of not engaging him on substance, where he is often more right than they are, but even more often in tune with the voters.

I write a someone who often does a face-palm over his tweets and statements-- not b/c they aren't "presidential," but b/c I think they are tactical mistakes. Honestly, though, he often proves me wrong, and I have tried to cultivate more a "wait and see" attitude (not that my opinion matters, anyway)

OGWiseman said...

What bothers me about this isn't that it's not Presidential, that's trivial. I wish more Presidents did things that were so. Let's demystify all our leaders as much as possible.

What bothers me is that it's just wrong, like wrong on the facts, as usual. Yes, Michael Moore is a trivial sideshow and it doesn't matter if Trump lies about him. I'm just so tired of the President lying about matters big and small. It's tiresome and lame.

Plus, are trollish jabs at political prigs really that funny anymore? Get some new material.

William said...

I hope he's given a life time achievement award at this year's Academy Awards. Harvey Weinstein could present it to him. There could be some light hearted banter between them about how a slobby exterior can hide the true beauty of the soul within.

Danno said...

Blogger Dickin'Bimbos@Home said..."lol. I like. Harpoon the slob."

Only a nuclear tipped harpoon could pierce that protective layer!

JaimeRoberto said...

He should throw Moore a bone and acknowledge that he correctly predicted that Trump would win.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Phil 3:14 said...
Who was the first person to use the one-word, semi-ironic exclamation

"Sad!"

10/30/17, 7:10 AM


Gordon Ramsay?

walter said...

Think of the statements Obama said that SHOULD have been preceded by "While not at all presidential.."

jaed said...

tags: presi

Althouse, did you fall foul of the autocomplete again?

Dave in Tucson said...

Trump's Twitter activities are just a way to control his enemies' OODA loops. The more they focus on the trivialities of his Twitter presence, the less they're focusing on stuff that actually matters.

Trump has had the ability to push the left's buttons from the start, it's a big part of why he won the election.