I wanted to read the book not so much for the sometimes juicy details (yes!) but rather to better understand the American political system of checks and balances. On the first pages, I read that like most of us nobody in Trump’s entourage had reckoned with his victory, but I was stunned that he himself was not at all prepared for the presidency for he did not want it himself. The Freiburg-Madison-Gesellschaft will dedicate its February Stammtisch to Fire and Fury with Red Baron reporting.
When last Friday, January 12, halfway through the book, I checked the news I was shocked that reality had surpassed any possible fiction: On Thursday Trump reportedly grew angry during a meeting about protections for immigrants from several countries, and asked: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then reportedly added, “Why do we need more Haitians?” and suggested the US bring in more people from Norway.
Subsequently, the NYT reported that foreign correspondents had problems translating shithole into their languages. As a child, I remember a shithole being an essential part of the Plumpsklo (pit latrine) at my grandparents’ farm. It was a plank with a hole to sit down on that was in use until the building got a proper toilet connected to the sewer system in the 1950s. By the way, some people now claim that POTUS instead said „shithouse“ which, however, does not change the explanation given in this paragraph. Comedian Stephen Colbert commented subsequently, “He does not belong in the White Hall.”
POTUS's remarks are inhumane and racist (although positive for Norwegians). He is on the same line as leading figures of Germany’s right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany).
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I just learned that today the French are celebrating the medieval Christian Festum Asinorum (fête de l'âne or Feast of the Ass) commemorating the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt. Honi soit qui mal y pense.
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Apropos people from Norway: 75 years ago the Nazis deported young Johan*, belonging to the blond Germanic race, from Norway to Germany to teach him German Physics. He died last year on July 15, peacefully at the age of 96 in Oslo, a vital man indeed.
*later my boss at CERN until 1980
Resquiescat in pace.