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Friday, March 22, 2019

Are we living history backward? The surreal sense hits me where I live — Washington, within seeing distance of the Capitol and hearing distance of the National Cathedral.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

What’s happening here is unprecedented, as we watch time unwind before Donald Trump’s January 20 presidential inauguration at high noon.

I might add, it feels “unpresidented.” A swaggering new president who lost the people’s vote may mimic Julius Caesar’s Rome, changing from a republic to an empire. Caesar conquered Gaul. Trump conquered Rockefeller Center, where NBC made the mogul’s reality show, The Apprentice.

Never has the transfer of power been so traumatic for anyone paying attention. Since politics is the only game in town, Washington is in the show’s front row. We’re first to feel the winter winds blow.

As President Obama gave a high-class farewell address from his checkerboard city base, Chicago, he brought cheers, tears and fears with his last lyrical persuasion. He spoke of reason and science in a plea to save the only planet we have. He was at his best and that only made it harder.

Left unspoken was the raincloud over the hacked election. Obama stayed on high ground and didn’t mention Russian-paid operatives searching for secrets on both sides of the 2016 election. That would have spoiled the mood. Because then you’d wonder what his own FBI guy, director James Comey, was up to all that time.

It’s “unpresidented” to have a foreign power meddling in a presidential election, we can tell our children.

Trump’s snarls and glares at a rare news conference, where he cut CNN as a purveyor of “fake news,” shed more heat than light. President Richard Nixon hated the press, but kept a thin veneer of civility. But Trump’s open campaign taunts toward the Fourth Estate — “dishonest” and “terrible people” — may be just prologue to the worst hostility ever to press freedom.

The cascading Cabinet hearings in the Senate halls are crackling with tension. First up was the attorney general nominee. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL), a sitting senator, had the rare distinction of having one African-American senator and two congressmen testify against him on voting and civil rights grounds.

When Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks, his words carry weight. As a young man, he was beaten on the Selma to Montgomery March and spoke at the March on Washington, in company with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sessions’ name suggests he comes from a culture still fighting the Yankees. Jefferson Davis and P.G.T. Beauregard were leading Confederate figures. He’s just “Jeff” to his friends. The Southern Republican, 70, vehemently opposes reproductive rights. No surprise.

As I live and breathe, the Senate is taking steps to repeal Obamacare, even before the White House guard changes. Never mind Republicans have no plan to replace affordable health care. The night votes are a parting kiss (or diss) from Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to Obama.

As a star freshman senator, Obama forgot to court the sly Southerner’s good will.

McConnell now says the Senate must run to fill the open Supreme Court seat — the one he denied to Obama’s pick in 2016. Remember Merrick Garland? That, too, was “unpresidented,” defying a president’s power to appoint.

No worries, Trump promises to send the Senate his pick soon, so the late Antonin Scalia can be succeeded by another radical right judge — or maybe it won’t be a judge at all, but one of the Koch brothers. It hardly ever happens, that an incoming president can break a 4-4 balance of court power.

Then came ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson to walk the marble halls: Trump’s choice for top diplomat. A political newcomer, he’s not up to speed on the Israel-Palestinian conflict and what the United Nations has to do with it. No problem! Business trumps government every time in our new reality.

Tillerson is no John Kerry, a great secretary of state, but the Texan titan is tight with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The former spymaster pulled the strings of the Kremlin’s nefarious plot to tip Trump’s victory. Nice of the befuddled CIA to say so now.

The times, they are “unpresidented.”

To find out more about Jamie Stiehm and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit creators.com.

IMAGE: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (C) stands surrounded by his son Eric Trump (L) daughter Ivanka and son Donald Jr. (R) ahead of a press conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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50 responses to “‘Unpresidented’: A Sign Of The Times”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    The time we live in is more than just “unpresidented”, it is downright dangerous. The Constitution, our values, traditions, and the social gains that have been achieved during the last half century are on the line, and likely to be either repealed or weakened to the point of being ineffective or irrelevant. What passes for greatness nowadays would have been labeled as treason, or an overt move towards a totalitarian plutocracy not so long ago, and nobody seems to care.

    • charleo1 says:

      Absolutely these times are unprecedented, and very dangerous on many levels. And nobody seems to care, as nobody seems to know what unprecedented is anymore. Because to see that, one must first have at least some idea what precedent is, so one might compare. For example, how many of us have yet to notice the radical shift of the Conservative Right? And how many continue to see the Republican Party as just about the same Party as Eisenhower or Ronald Reagan lead? Do they even think about such matters? I’m guessing not.
      No, for far too many, this election is over. They either voted, or joined what is nearing a majority, and skipped the hassle of the long lines altogether. And now, as is usual, as is habit, they’ve returned their attention to their jobs, their kids soccer matchers, or planning next summer’s vacation. Blissfully unaware of the tectonic changes that are taking place just this week at the highest levels of our central government. Ones that could bring about an end of our democracy as we’ve come to know it. A statement I’m sure many of these same Americans would dismiss as outright unhinged hyperbolism. Paranoid, deranged, partisan. Sore loser…

      In his farewell address President Obama admonished Americans to lace up their shoes and get involved, and not to ever take our democracy for granted. And I believe a lot of Americans have been, and are doing just that. And there’s no better example of how far the Country is taking for granted everything this Nation has always stood for, those very precedents we are talking about, Than their breathtakingly reckless votes for Donald Trump.

    • InformedVoter says:

      Sorry Dom, but now we’re going to have a president and AG who will ACTUALLY support the Constitution instead of ignoring it.
      The “gains” you refer to are not viewed that way by the nation. Yup, time to make America great again.

      • Sterling Harris says:

        STAY OFF THE SITE YOU ARE TO PSYCHOTIC.

        • InformedVoter says:

          Typical lefty response, because you folks just can’t handle the truth!
          If you wish to upset a conservative, tell them lies, like the left does. If you wish to upset a liberal, tell them the truth, like I do.

          FYI, it’s “too” not to.

          • Sterling Harris says:

            YOU DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTH.

          • iamproteus says:

            You wouldn’t recognize the truth if it bit you in the ass! Fool.

          • InformedVoter says:

            You certainly have no idea of what the truth is. And dpaano, who has proven herself to be a racist and bigot because she is a contributing member of the KKK (she is so dumb that she claimed contributions to the KKK as charitable), supporting your position makes its certain that you are lying.

      • jmprint says:

        By hurting people.

        • InformedVoter says:

          By hurting people? And Obama’s 8 eighth years of ignoring the Consitution doesn’t count?

          • jmprint says:

            No he didn’t, the Constitution Lawyer President know best. You are just jealous.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot. OH YES Obama ignored the Constitution dozens of times. The courts rejected no less than 14 instances where Obama overstepped his authority. And those are just the ones the court ruled against him on.

            Jealous of Obozo? In less than a week, EVERYTHING Obozo did will be gone, ’cause according to Obozo, “elections have consequences” and President Trump has “a pen and a phone”.

            See the problem Obozo had, is that just about all of his so-called accomplishments were done via EOs and not legislation. That makes is so easy to make them disappear with one stroke of a pen.
            The American voters have spoken and they soundly rejected Obozo’s 8 years of failures!

          • jmprint says:

            You can ignore and you can deny, but you can’t change history and facts.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot; You’re correct that we can’t rewrite history (although the Dems are trying to do that and eliminate anything white or male), but in 4 days just about everything Obozo did will be gone. What will remain is the huge debt he ran up.
            Obozo is the only 2-term president where the country was at war every single day of his presidency. How’s that for history!

          • jmprint says:

            Really you think the world is upset because of white male, no stupid get it straight, it’s the white supremacist male. You like to place the opposite game. My five year used to that, it was her favorite game, but now at 40 she has outgrown that game, Not sure your age, but maybe if your lucky you will outgrow it as well.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        Almost three million more voters chose Hillary, in part to preserve the social gains we have made, than those who voted for Trump. The nation has not decided to abandon those gains, a minority of Americans, especially the 36% that still approve of Trump’s performance and behavior, have.

        • InformedVoter says:

          Oh Dom, I thought your were more intelligent than that. OK, CA voted for HilLIARy by more than 4 million. If you discount the illegal votes in CA that led to that margin, then President Trump wins the popular vote by more than 1.5 million. President Trump carried 30 states = 60% and of the 10 most populous states, Trump carried 7 = 70%. He won a MANDATE from the voters!
          Obama’s adjusted approval rating is just over 30%, if you screen out those who think they will be labeled racist if they tell the truth. And, using the same screening factor, President Trump’s approval rating is almost 80%! I know you won’t believe it, but you guys just can’t handle the truth.
          The so called social gains are nothing but fabricated categories that the MAJORITY of Americans don’t agree with. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Obama is almost as much a presidential failure as Carter!

  2. Bill Smith 999935 says:

    Looks like Mit Romney left his “binders of women” on the desk there for Don.

  3. InformedVoter says:

    What a pile of garbage! Obama’s self-serving speech was 30 minutes longer than any farewell speech. He was attempting to regurgitate his “accomplishments” but his words fell on deaf ears. Even the MSM watched with glazed over eyes trying to stay awake!
    Obama’s legacy?: He’s the first 2 term president to have the country at war every single day of his presidency .. and they gave him a peace prize?
    In 7 days the sound of toilets flushing is all that’ll be left of the most divisive president in history.

    • iamproteus says:

      You are the perfect example of the old saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

      • InformedVoter says:

        The MSM was all set to fawn over Obama, but even they found his farewell speech lacking. Instead they chose to run with the fake dossier and got their lunch handed to them.
        Obama has no idea of the real world, and that’s why he cost his party over 1000 seats during his tenure. He even admitted that his claim that he would fix race relations was not going to happen, yet he continued to lie to you guys. Now we have race relations the worst than they’ve been in decades.

        • iamproteus says:

          It is high time you got your info from some place other than “unfair and unbalanced” Fox news. Fool.

          • InformedVoter says:

            OK, I’ll call your bluff, how many MSM sources ran stories about Obama’ speech? Let’s see, NYT, no, CNN, no, the list is endless. Obama’s swan song was nothing but self-denial that his 8 years were a FAILURE! EVERYTHING he thought he accomplished will be ERASED with a phone and and a pen.
            For the record, I never watch the highest rated news show, FOX. I only watch CNN, MSNBC, etc to see what lies they’re spreading, but you call FOX the fake news. Unbelievable! President Trump will force all the fake MSM like CNN, USA Today, etc to change their crooked tactics or they will never get front row seats or questions answered by President Trump (doesn’t that sound GREAT!)

          • iamproteus says:

            “doesn’t that sound GREAT!”

            Actually, “uninformed voter”, it sounds as though you get your “news” from National Inquirer, just like Trump! Fool!

          • InformedVoter says:

            So how come the MSM ignored Obozo’s goodbye speech? He spoke for a record 51 minutes, some 25 minutes longer than any previous president. He was trying to convince the public that all his actions were good and showed he was upset because they will all disappear in Jan 21.
            The MSM, being disappointed at Obozo’s speech, chose to run with the fake story about President Trump (sounding really great) even though they knew it to be fake.
            So now tell me again how your news sources keep you informed better than mine. You can’t and you just lost another chunk of credibility.

          • iamproteus says:

            Who are you to talk about credibility? You made it very clear long ago that you have none. In fact, what little you may have ever had has disappeared in a deep hole that gets even deeper with your every post. You and the slime ball trump are a good match. To paraphrase an old saying, “Asholes of a feather flock together!”.

          • InformedVoter says:

            You just keep spewing your lies and demonstrate how low information you are. I’ve destroyed you and your faulty, low information logic over and over. You possess such little knowledge that is the result of believing the fake stories the MSM publish.
            Here’s an example, you voted for HilIARy, yet, after she got trounced badly in the election, she is now claiming “I never wanted to run for president anyway”. Boy did you get conned … talk about lack of credibility.

        • jmprint says:

          Does your real world include the Russians, if so we don’t care to know your real world. We lost many seats for two reason, the racism and manipulation.

          • InformedVoter says:

            I find it ironic that it’s just you (a proven racist and bigot) got support from another racist and bigot dpaano. You both have been PROVEN to be racist and bigots. Don’t try to deny it, you made many posts saying that well-educated black males are “boys”. Don’t try to deny it. Both you and dpaano are on record.
            No the Dems lost over 1000 seats because their policies and platform were wrong! The majority of voters rejected Obama’s policies! You are in meltdown mode and in self-denial. You best check yourself into a mental facility, like AaronOP should do as he demonstrates all the characteristics of a serial killer. Look in the mirror, you’re right behind him!

          • jmprint says:

            I think you get a hard-on repeating you false statement.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot, If you don’t like being outed as a racist and bigot, then you should NEVER have used racial slurs when making your posts on these forums.

            You used racial slurs and got your hands slapped. Then you tried lying to cover up your use of racial slurs and just made things worse for yourself. When you post things like “I’m not a racist, some of my best friends are black”, or that “you are not a bigot because you know lots of blacks and they are good people”.

            You’re a proven racist and bigot and you’ve been outed and exposed for all to see. Time for you to get a new pillow case to wear as the one you’re using know is getting worn out from use.

          • jmprint says:

            Oh please you keep making a fool of yourself by trying to label me. Your the frog in the family.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot; the leaked emails from HilLIARy and Podesta caused you guys to froth, BUT the content of the emails were not altered. Thus HilLIARy and Podesta never claimed that their content was fake, so they had to suffer the consequences of what they wrote.
            YOU POSTED racial slurs and you can howl all you wish, but you lefties just don’t seem to learn that you “can’t ignore or erase history” (your own words).
            YOU MADE THE RACIAL SLUR POST and so you have to suffer the consequences of what you PERSONALLY wrote.

          • jmprint says:

            You sure like playing the village idiot don’t you.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot; Yup, I’m the village idiot, you know, I was the one who kept telling you low information bottom feeders that the polls showing HilLIARy was leading were fake (HilLIARy even paid for some of them herself) and even provided links to polls that showed that President Trump was ahead.
            You are in self-denial and meltdown mode.

          • jmprint says:

            Hey dork Hillary is 100% better then Trump, your concern overwhelms me. Ain’t no liar, bigger then the Trumpf.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot; HilLIARy is/was a much bigger liar and it costs lives in Benghazi.
            With luck, the new AG will go after HilLIARy for perjury and the Clinton Foundation for influence peddling. What’s that chant you hear? “Lock her up”
            You’re problem is you believe the fake stories that USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, etc pump out. I was glad President Trump put that CNN “reporter” in his place – fake news agency.

    • jmprint says:

      Go away Russian idiot.

      • InformedVoter says:

        Being that you and dpaano are racist and bigots because you use racial slurs to describe well-educated black males, I’m not surprised you can’t handle the truth that I post.
        So, where’s your proof that Obama was NOT the first 2 term president that didn’t find the country at war for EVERY single day he was in office? Typical lefty response, fail you. HE WAS the FIRST and ONLY!
        Do everyone a favor, and dpaano too, take your racist and bigoted views and pedal them to HilLIARy.

      • charleo1 says:

        Lets us consider, and so apply some other prime example of epic brainwash. See Stalin’s Soviet Union, McCarthy era U.S. The ’60s John Birch Society, or the false philosophies of the heretical Christian movement’s Evangelicalism. See Fascist Germany circa 1934. The Anti-Government ideology of the Sovereign Citizen, and so call Freemen movements of the 1990s. Or the race based nativism, and domestic terrorism of the Neo-Nationalistic post Civil War Klan.
        Hear the common scapegoating being underpinned by the cleverly contrived, fear engendering conspiracy narratives. Inducing the ever present torch and pitchfork, anti-societal rants of those who have been convinced of their own victimization. Those not knowing and thus fearing an outside World, who’s unavoidable introduction, and realities would explode the myths that holds the vision of their propagandized World together. And then, witness the results of such vile propaganda in the genocide, and 60 million deaths in the Second World War directly attributable to it. Or the recent election of one Donald Trump, to see within its lies, the potential for our own doom in the here and now.

        • jmprint says:

          Yes, and they are spreading like a virus. Take today On “Meet The Press” Daniel Pletka a Neo-conservative getting the last negative word against our President Obama (who has a 57% approval rating). She has been molding herself all her life to brain wash people into their ideaology, she teaches it and she spreads the virus. They were a major group in starting the war in Iraq. Cheney, Rumsfield were also neo-conservatives and we all know how their ideology HURT our country. Who wants to listen to what she has to say?

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot; That 57% is bogus. When blind polls are conducted, Obozo has a favorable rating in the 38-40% range. And lest you forget, when the left office, Bill Clinton’s rating was 66% and Ron Reagan’s rating was 69%. Thus 57% bogus rating is on a par with GW’s.

          • jmprint says:

            Some human like to live in denial, and some in reality, you not being a human, I’m not sure what your problem is.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot; Even Obozo has admitted that the screwed up by forcing everything through via EOs. Now literally, everything except his enormous debt increases, will be wiped out with the stroke of a pen. How dumb does that make him look!
            Obozo’s ranking on how good a president he was has now dropped him into 36-40 place, behind GW, but still ahead of Carter.

          • jmprint says:

            Listen Russian idiot, I know you get a kick out of bashing President Obama, but you can’t change history, he is still one of the BEST presidents the US has had, so who care that your ignorant, and too stupid to appreciate the good things he did for the American people.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hello racist and bigot; You’ve got to be kidding, one of the best. That’s a joke. We have record numbers on food stamps, we have record numbers on low income aid, annual growth <2% for all 8 years, he's the first 2-term president to have our country at was every single day he was president, 96 million Americans not working, race relations as bad as 40-50 years ago, doubled the national debt, lost billions in giveaway programs that didn't work. How many more failures do I have to list? Even Obozo admits all his policies and actions are going to be wiped out with a single signature because he foolishly put his policies into place via EOs instead for passing real legislation.
            He's been a total disaster and the American voters saw through his lies and failed policies. He cost the Dems over 1000 seats in his 8 years, the worst record in 80 years. If he did such a good job, how come nobody but him noticed?
            Want to know who's responsible for President Trump's victory? Why it was Obozo himself. His policies were voted down in 2010, 2012, 2014 and now again in 2016. Yup, he's good alright.

  4. I of John says:

    winter is here and spring will not happen for some time.

  5. Jim Samaras says:

    “Unprecedented” is not necessarily negative! I view it as a positive development.

  6. dpaano says:

    So sad, but oh so true!

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