It did not take President-Elect Donald Trump much time at all to start walking back all of those campaign promises he made. Nope, not at all.
Like me, you have probably seen some headline about all the different things Trump will do immediately to revoke Obamacare. Case in point, this one from The Hill, “How Trump Could Start Dismantling ObamaCare On Day One.” Or this one from ABC News, “Can Trump Repeal Obamacare in First 100 Days?” You know, like he promised he would?
Well, see, that was then, and now Trump has met with Obama, so you know, NOW he is considering just AMENDING Obamacare. I know you might think this is a Weekend Open Thread Satire post, but no. It’s real. From The Hill:
[…]The more surprising part about Trump’s interview is the marked shift in his tone from his campaign speeches, when he blasted the healthcare law as “a disaster,” “a total catastrophe,” a “horror” and “a big, fat, horrible lie.”Trump told the Journal he is open to keeping parts of ObamaCare after a pitch from the current president during their meeting at the White House on Thursday.“I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that,” Trump told the WSJ.Walking back Trump’s promise of a full repeal of ObamaCare could become a major frustration for his supporters and the GOP as a whole. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Gee, ya think?? It will, however, give many of us the opportunity to do this:
I think we are going to get really, really good at this dance. Because this is not the ONLY major issue on which the President-Elect has already started to walk back just since TUESDAY NIGHT.
There is this, too, as a dear friend shared from The Daily Wire:
A senior adviser to Donald Trump is suggesting that the Iran deal won’t necessarily be destroyed under Trump’s forthcoming presidency.
The Times of Israel reports that Walid Phares, who is one of Trump’s chief foreign policy advisers, signaled in a BBC radio interview that Trump is already going wobbly on the Iran deal, as “ripping up is maybe a too strong of word.” Instead, Trump will simply “review it.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
He is going to “review” it? Well, that is a FAR cry from abolishing it right off the bat, ain’t it? Good grief.
Oh, but wait – there is one more flip-flop by Day Three my friend noted in response to the whole Obamacare bait-and-switch. This one has to do with one of the very first things Trump claimed he was gonna get done. Oh, you know what it was: the Wall, and getting Mexico to pay for it. The Week has this doozy:
Two days after Donald Trump was elected president, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an ardent Trump supporter, admitted the president-elect’s promise to get Mexico to fund his proposed border wall may have just been “a campaign device.” “He may not spend much time trying to get Mexico to pay for it,” Gingrich said of a hypothetical border structure. “But it was a great campaign device.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I believe this calls for an extended version:
Uh, yeah. Better stay limber, friends. I think we wll be doing this dance a LOT.
But enough of that. I don’t want to give anyone the vapors or heart palpitations, so time for a total change of pace to keep our heads from exploding.
And I have JUST the thing to take off that edge. Prepare for some cuteness, laughs, and gasps, all courtesy of the animal world. From HuffPo, here are just a few of the winners. There are more, and you can check them out here:
“The contest celebrates great photography of wildlife, but with the humorous element thrown in,” he told . “We wanted to have a photo competition that was positive and upbeat but with a serious message about wildlife conservation attached to it.”
Judges picked 40 finalists after burrowing their way through more than 2,000 animal images from 75 different countries. […]
Holy cow, wouldn’t that just freak you out if you were heading to the bathroom and a KOMODO DRAGON walked out?! Wowie zowie. This would be the “gasp” one to which I referred. Yeah – crazy. The other ones just made me laugh, and I figured we could all use some laughter right about now.
And some hope. We could use some hope, too. To that end, I offer you these words of hope from Ellen Degeneres:
Okay, that iguana part at the end was a little hard to watch, but YAY for how it all turned out!
Hope and laughter – two most necessary components for the next four years.
That’s it for me. What’s on your minds? Feel free to discuss anything at all since this is the Weekend Open Thread.
Stay well, stay safe.