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There is no analogy in U.S. history to compare to the election of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president. Perhaps Ronald Reagan in 1980 is the only case study for historians. What President Trump does going forward will define his legacy – not his past. As with Ronald Reagan, Donald Trump will be the oldest United States President ever. The implications of this were apparent in the final years of the Reagan Administration. Can you imagine an Access Hollywood exclusive about Melania Trump consulting Baba Vanga on how to handle The Donald? Try.

The Reagan comparison was sagely made by Frank Rich on June 1st of this year when he wrote, “All the empty boasts that have marked Trump’s successful pursuit of the Republican nomination, his affinity to Reagan may have the most validity and the most pertinence to 2016.” Unlike Reagan, however, Trump didn’t need to waste money on expensive advertising. He simply blurted out whatever came to his mind on Twitter.

“Prouder, Stronger, Better” was the 1984 television commercial better known as “Morning in America” that defined Ronald Reagan’s successful message in his hard-fought reelection bid against Walter Mondale. It’s interesting to note that Hal Riney, who wrote and narrated “Morning in America,” also wrote and narrated Reagan’s successful “Bear in the Woods” ad in that 1984 election cycle. The ‘Bear in the Woods’ back then was the Soviet Union, of course.

Now, a former communist Slovenian town named Sevnica (formerly Novo Mesto) has gained more clout than any Blue State in America. This is the hometown of Melania Trump (nee Knavs), our new First Lady. She came to America in the 90’s and worked here illegally, taking coveted modeling jobs away from hard-working American girls. All of that is forgiven, and as Donald’s 3rd wife we all hope that the third time’s a charm.

I have to say that even now, after a year of Trump in the news, I don’t know how many kids he has with which wives. Guess I’ll try and find out. The unseemly character of this election has been embodied in guttural speech that has degraded and debased our political and cultural institutions. We now live in a world where The National Enquirer and Mark Burnett hold more power than The New York Times and Don Hewitt ever did.

Turning from Page Six, I see the former Soviet Union, Russia, (as seen from Sarah Palin’s house), will be a strong ally of the United States under President Trump – and Mexico, our biggest trading partner – will be walled off. Cuba has re-instituted compulsory military service and the work of the Obama Administration to normalize relations with the world will be replaced with an aggressive foreign policy.

Say what you want about Barack Obama, he kept us safe from international terrorism for 8 years, he lead the effort to hunt down and kill Osama Bin Laden and he stabilized the fractured U.S. economy in 2008. Donald Trump has big shoes to fill and the time is over for cheap talk and empty promises.

John Underhill
November 11, 2016


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