Sarah Cooper’s parodies

I came across this about a week or two ago, these videos have gone viral, and I think it’s my favourite parody of that guy in the white house ever.

This next one is a pretty accurate portrayal of someone talking out of his ass during a staff meeting. I’ve been in meetings like this before…

I am totally fascinated, I can’t stop watching and grinning at these videos. In a way these are tragic too as it beggars belief that these are the actual words of a world leader. It’s not just the words she mimics, it’s the added body language, the gestures, the looks. She’s so good.

Here an article about her in the LA Times, in case you’re interested, and she has a satirical blog too. I’m actually considering getting her 2021 calendar called Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, seeing as I am in meetings pretty much daily and these tricks could really come in handy.

I’ve been thinking in terms of crushes for the last fortnight or so due to the fictional crush challenge I just finished and I think Sarah Cooper has just become my latest crush. I am so glad she’s not fictional.

Diplomacy

“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip” – my dad used to have a sign of this quote on his desk at home, a gift my mother had once given him. He loved it and I think he was often able to practice it as well. He was a very critical man but also a very kind and diplomatic one. I sometimes like to think I inherited a bit of his diplomatic skill but sometimes that skill also completely evades me. Today is such a day.

I follow the news daily, although, for my mental health, I now try to stick to only watching/reading once in the morning and once in the evening. Over the past few days my irritation levels have risen exponentially when seeing a certain world leader appear on screen and this morning the irritation exploded. To be fair, I have been annoyed by him, well, forever but I seem to be able to manage my frustration more or less by exploding briefly and then trying to move on or by ignoring him completely. Over the past few weeks it’s been increasingly difficult to move on and today I just can not. Frustration wins.

I thought George W. Bush was as low as it could go with US presidents but I was soooo wrong! Donald Trump has got to be the worst one ever. Such a tantrum throwing, petty, vindictive, self-centered and self-serving asshole of a man! Cutting off journalists with critical questions, twisting facts, pretending he has all the wisdom when he has none, not listening to anyone, bumbling, incoherent and now cutting off WHO funding in the middle of a pandemic. Holy F***, can this man not be removed from office TODAY???!!??

Trump Cartoon by Chris Britt
Cartoon by Chris Britt (source)

Actually, I wished much worse on him while talking to Mr Esther this morning but I can’t repeat that here… I did at first but on editing this post I have cut out a lot. Don’t post in the first throes of anger Mr Esther tells me and he’s right. So, this post is me being as diplomatic as I possibly can be today. I so very much wish there was someone out there who could convince this sorry excuse of a US president to eff off in such a way that he would actually leave and look forward to the trip.

#Haravointi

or #RakeAmericaGreatAgain meme on Twitter after Donald Trump’s misguided comments on forest management in Finland had me laughing on my way home from work this evening… I literally laughed out loud at some of these (people were looking at me oddly), so I just had to share some of these here as well…

I don’t know how to say it any nicer: the US president is such an idiot… To
quote Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice:


For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

My fave protest signs in London

Estimates range from tens of thousands to 250.000 protesters in London, protesting Trump visiting the UK yesterday. Just leaving images of some of my fave humourous protest signs here, without any further comment.

Here’s the Trump Baby in action…

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Look at how the handlers of the balloon call themselves!

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Animal-themed signs (click on images to enlarge)…

Body bits talk…

British curses…

British understatement…

Some people had to overcome themselves to protest…

Crowd size was addressed…

Some criticism got a little personal…

Some tried to stay polite, but found it difficult…

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A Monty Python inspired sign…

Python Protest

US presidential voting highlighted…

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There were protests with music references…

Protests with movie references…

Some suggestions for Mr Trump…

General dispair because of all the reasons to protest…

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Yes, I think this really does say something about how ‘popular’ this US president is.

American Idiot coming to the UK

So, Trump is coming to the UK and the British are deploying their sense of humour to protest him. First, there’s the big baby Trump balloon that will fly over London…

There is little chance Trump will actually see it because he is avoiding London during his visit, but the man is aware of this, it’s been all over the news, so in my eyes the protest has already succeeded. I read today that there is a petition to also fly the baby balloon near the golf course in Scotland that Trump will be visiting. Ah yes, peaceful protests such as these really make me happy!

What I also love is that there is a campaign going to make the Green Day song “American Idiot” (originally about George W. Bush) number 1 in the UK during the Trump visit.

The song is already climbing the charts, so it’s already working. I don’t know if the song will make it to number one, but just all this talk about it and the surrounding enthusiasm, makes me happy.

Yesterday Richard Armitage tweeted a little protest himself, protesting a US Embassy statement telling Americans to watch out for the British…

RA Twitter protest

In my experience in London and in Europe there is no animosity against Americans in general, there is animosity against such an idiot president! If anything, I always experience great sympathy for Americans who have to deal with such a man as their president. Americans do get questioned on their view on how such a man was elected but I have never known any animosity against Americans just because they are Americans! This US Embassy statement is yet again an example of how divisive this US president and his government are. There are daily examples of how divisive Trump is, yesterday’s NATO summit was another display of Trump’s ignorance and insults.

I really wouldn’t be able to bear meeting such a man because I’d have no hope of a positive outcome for such a meeting. Bullies just can not be reasoned with, is my experience. I truly can’t understand how anyone can support such a man. I know many of the arguments and feelings of why people support him and I understand the underlying concerns, but there is no way in my mind that Trump is an effective answer to any of those concerns. (Note: If you are a Trump supporter please don’t try to convert me in the comments or on Twitter, there is no convincing me that this man is doing any good in his country or the world at all! You won’t convince me and I won’t convince you, so let’s leave it at that).

This evening Mr Esther junior and I are going to an Eminem concert. Eminem is also very anti-Trump…

He’ll be in London the coming weekend, so I wonder if we’ll hear any protest from him when he’s there as well.

Should Trump ever visit The Netherlands, I’ll be there, protesting, because in my eyes the man is a danger to the world. Meanwhile, from behind my laptop, I wholeheartedly support all humourous and peaceful protests against him!