Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Donald: The New Yogi

"If you would listen to Sara Murray, you would think there were three people standing in the atrium of Trump Tower. Either she's a very unemotional person or she's not a very good reporter."
--Donald Trump from Politico

I loved Yogi Berra.  He said things which resonated with me:  "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical."  I knew exactly what he was talking about.

But The Donald may eventually rise to that level as well. Just consider his take on a reporter, Sara Murray, who was present at a book signing and apparently, in The Donald's estimation she underestimated the number of people present for this important event. 

"She's either a very unemotional person or she's not a very good reporter."

So if she were more emotional she would have got closer to the correct number?
Now this is a revelation, for me at least. I always thought of numbers as the essence of objectivity over emotion. You can think a crowd is big because you react emotionally to the image of its size, but if you want to hew to accuracy, you simply report a number. 

Thinking more deeply, perhaps she said it was a small crowd but she missed the emotional vibe of a very enthusiastic crowd. I'll have to find exactly what she said, but that two sentences taken as they are presented present a wonderful opportunity to look into the mind of someone who wants to be our next President.

Here is the conversation I imagine could have been, if only Yogi were still alive: I can just see the two of them sitting on Yogi's porch in New Jersey, beers in hand, feet up,  thinking big thoughts about the world and just sharing wisdom and insights:

Yogi:  You can observe a lot by just watching

Donald: They [ISIS] just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this?  They built a hotel. When I have to build a hotel, I pay interest. They don't have to pay interest, because they took the oil that, when we left Iraq, I said we should've taken."

Yogi: You wouldn't have won, if we'd beaten you.

Donald:  Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the United States. There's never been a Secretary of State so bad as Hillary. The world blew up around us. We lost everything, including all relationships. There wasn't one good thing that came out of that administration or her being Secretary of State.
You don't even have to like Hillary to know that's not true. 

[Editor's note:  Who knew the Secretary of State controlled world events?]

Yogi:  Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.

Donald: When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

[Editor's note: Well, that last sentence--now I feel much better.]

Yogi:  I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

Donald: The U.S. will invite El Chapo, the Mexcan drug lord who just escaped prison, to become a U.S. citizen because our "leaders" can't say no.!

Wow! El Chapo a U.S. citizen! Maybe he'll run for President on the Republican ticket! Wouldn't you like to see him on the stage with The Donald. 

The Donald would give him such a dressing down! The Donald would beat him, and make it look easy. It would be such a winning for the The Donald. 
I know he'll make America great again, and we'll all be winners. 

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