Vanity Fair has posted photos of President Obama with his feet up on his Oval Office desk. But it's not just any desk. This desk was a gift from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880. Known as the Resolute desk, it was built from the timbers of an Arctic exploration ship of the same name. Nothing like disrespecting history.Much like the rest of the right wing echo chamber, my good friends on the Tribune-Review editorial board were outraged? disappointed? annoyed? (it's hard to tell) by Obama's obvious disrespect of history.
I wrote about why that's bullshit here.
But they are on the record defending the dignity of the White House and its history - that's not in dispute.
So I wonder how this is gonna play with the MAGA crowd:
During election season, [Trump National Golf Club] Bedminster morphed into a kind of permanent campaign rally site. Trump posters and bumper stickers were plastered across the property, and an anti-Hillary shrine was built in a bar in the men's locker room. The club held a Ryder Cup–style competition in which the teams wore either red or black Make America Great Again hats. At most other golf courses in America the TV is tuned to Golf Channel, on mute, but throughout last summer and fall, the television in Trump Bedminster's shop was on Fox News, with the sound blaring. As President, Trump has already made four visits to the club. He has his own cottage adjacent to the pool; it was recently given a secure perimeter by the Secret Service, leading to the inevitable joke that it's the only wall Trump has successfully built. Chatting with some members before a recent round of golf, he explained his frequent appearances: "That White House is a real dump." (A White House spokesperson denies this occurred.) [Emphasis added.]With all the rampant, out-of-control, honesty oozing out of the Trump Administration every day, every hour, I am absolutely nay resolutely sure that that White House spokesperson's denial is 1000% true. Believe me.
Who's disrespecting the White House?