‘The Trump presidency may be the best thing that happened to America since super-white Wonder Bread and Mickey Mouse.’
John Sims, op de site van al Jazeera (15/16 september 2017): Het presidentschap van Trump zou weleens het beste kunnen zijn dat Amerika overkwam sinds super-wit-toverbrood en Mickey Mouse.
John Sims: ‘When I was growing up, I always thought the president of the United States had to be smart, honest, kind and in possession of a higher sense of integrity. Later in the game, during the presidential debates, I was introduced by Hillary Clinton to the mysterious existence of public and private positioning, separated by a membrane of performance and political intelligence.
This is how John F Kennedy could be married to Jackie while having an affair with Marilyn Monroe, and how Ronald Reagan could play grandpa while ambushing affirmative action and keeping silent on apartheid in South Africa. It is also how Bill Clinton could play the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show, endearing himself to African Americans, while enabling the building of private prisons to warehouse a generation of Black youth, and how Barack Obama could sing Amazing Grace at the funeral of a preacher murdered by the bullet of a racist, but send children-killing drones to Afghanistan and Yemen. These presidents knew how to skate on this icy membrane of contradiction without falling through it because they knew the games of politics, the magical ingredient of timing and the value of emotional restraint. ‘