It was particularly notable to me because years back, when I was still a student, I was invited to sit in with the writers for a day of rehearsals and final taping of the comeback The Smothers Brothers Show. (Not their original show, but when they got a new variety series in the mid-70s.) The guest star that week was Linda Ronstadt. And at one point, she sang a trio version of her hit "When Will I Be Love" with the brothers. It and she were great.
Last night, the White House held a dinner for this year's Kennedy Center Honorees, of which Ms. Ronstadt is one. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted.
At one point in his speech, Mr. Pompeo quipped, with a nod to her hit song, "As I travel the world, I wonder when will I be loved."
Later in the evening, it was Linda Ronstadt's turn to speak, something I assume she does with some difficult these days given that she has Parkinson's Disease. She got up, just a few feet from the evening's host, and looking straight ahead, responded, “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump.”
And then she sat down.
According to Variety, "The line drew immediate gasps from the audience, followed by slowly building applause, and then cheers."
God love her.
And literally to his face. And literally to his face. And I’m sure (like how devastated Chris Christie was when he got slammed by his hero Bruce Springsteen), I’m certain that when Mike Pompeo was growing up had a massive crush on Linda Ronstadt and was thrilled to be introducing her and making his little quips. And it must have been utterly withering to have been put down by her that way. And was so richly well-deserved.
(Side Note: For all the attention her comments have received, it has largely passed un-noted that the only reason Mike Pompeo was hosting the evening is because clearly Trump -- whose responsibility it is to host -- once again was too much of a coward.)
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