Our "Quote of the Day" is going to be a little different today. For starters, we're going to save the quote for the very end. Additionally, for the "Quote of the Day" itself we're not going to use the quote from the public official that is the point of it all. But something else. You'll see. Bear with me.
Under normal circumstances, what the "Quote of the Day" would have been is what Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday in Beverly Hills at an event hosted by the Miliken Institute, an organization under the auspices of disgraced and jailed junk bond felon Michael Miliken.
As you may have read by now, Mr. Ross was describing how Donald Trump told Chinese president Xi Jinping of the bombing attack on Iraq -- sorry, I mean, Syria. (Hey, if Trump himself can make that mistake during an interview I should be cut some slack.)
"Just as dessert was being served," Commerce Secretary Ross noted to the attendees, "the president explained to Mr. Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment."
Yes, really, he said that. Quite the knee-slapper. But the impressive thing is that the would-be stand-up comic didn't stop there, but had a topper.
"The thing was," he added, "it didn't cost the president anything to have that entertainment."
Just for the record, that "after-dinner entertainment" actually cost $60 million. Of course, in fairness, it's possible that to a billionaire like Wilbur Ross $60 million counts as not anything, But still, given that the man is our Secretary of COMMERCE, one would like to think he has a sense of proportion when it comes to dollar figures.
But then, it's lovely to know that, as COMMERCE Secretary, he's so blithe with money... And with lives. And the threat of war with Russia.
It should be noted, as well, that Reuters called the conference, which cost those in attendance $12,500 each (unless they had connections to any of the sponsors, such as Goldman Sachs) a meeting of the "global elite." A crowd which, as reported by Variety, "went wild" with laughter after the remarks.
And so what then is the "Quote of the Day"? It's the response from the VoteVet organization. And rather than type it out here, I'll let their Tweet speak for itself.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
Feedspot Badge of Honor