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Hypocritical Oaf; Trumpshake
Years hence, historians will recall how Trump curtsied rather submissively before the Saudi king in his first official act as an American president abroad. The occasion was to receive the Gilded Collar of King Salman Abdulaziz al-Saud. And don’t forget, dear readers, it is the same Trump who had blasted President Obama for a much more dignified half-bow several years before, tweeting at the time: “Do we want a President who bows to the Saudis?” But a meek little curtsey, however prettily delivered, is far less presidential than a half-bow.
Doesn’t all this entitle us to add Hypocritical Oaf to our ever-growing list of Trump nicknames?
The Washington Post has a reputation to live by – a reputation of making life uncomfortable for Presidents who find it difficult to see the fine line dividing truth from falsehood. You remember all that the daily and its intrepid reporters did with Nixon. The lingo of the Watergate scandal – “to cover-up,” to “stonewall,” and “to leak” – became part of the American political vocabulary.
Do you expect a bigger than average handshake from someone with smaller-than-average hands? Before saying “of course, no”, think twice. Yes it’s possible when the person involved is Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Screeds and screeds of Internet have been devoted to analyze his far-from-friendly – almost hostile – handshakes with world leaders.
The person who has lived the longest (according to reliable organizations such as Guinness World Records and the Gerontology Research Group) was a French woman called Jeanne Calment. Isn’t it another proof (if needed) of the impact of red wine? I see you smirking, and not without reason.
Mamata-di has a mulish trait in her character. Her stubbornness is inborn. And the State that has the good or bad fortune of having her as its Chief Minister has to pay the price of that.
A breathtakingly part of the shenanigans associated with the Kashmir politics is that our intelligence agencies have routinely arranged lucrative jobs and undue promotions for close relatives of the most active anti-India leaders, who spend all their time spewing hatred against India.
Nehru and his daughter are not the only moulders and shapers of India’s foreign police. Modi too has done his bit to leave a stamp of his personality on India’s foreign policy. Non-alignment has been given a decent burial and major power diplomacy is now being conducted on the basis of strict reciprocity.
What, dear readers, do you call it when a Man-Baby takes over the American government?
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