The World, Germany in Particular, Laughs Openly at POTUS during Address to UN General Assembly in NY
Updated: Sep 28, 2018
During an address to the UN General Assembly in New York this week, world leaders find unity amid the tragic comedy unfolding in the White House as US President Donald J. Trump exaggerates the accomplishments of his administration to an audience left numb by endless controversy, choosing instead to simply laugh him off the global stage.
"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country..." - Donald J. Trump
[pause uncomfortably for muffled, but growing, laughter]
"... Didn't expect that reaction but that's okay."
[pause even more uncomfortably for open, now hysterical laughter]
The above remarks highlight only the first minute of the president's address to the UN General Assembly in New York this past Monday. At last, an honest and unabashed response is to delivered to the man whose appetite for a carefully curated applause rarely goes unsatiated. American audiences previously unfamiliar with the diminishing reputation of their country abroad have finally born witness to the softening power of their influence in the world at large. It appears the usual rhetoric crafted to whip rural American audiences into frenzies of patriotic mania falls flat on international ears accustomed to a more comprehensive dialogue of facts and history.
A swing and a miss, so to speak, for a president supposedly wielding the biggest bat in the game.
The most obvious and playfully delivered giggle, however, arose within the stands from a most unexpected country during the address. It was not the Iranians but instead a panel of German diplomats who couldn't help but exchange glances and laughter as Donald foretold their country's impending ownership by Russia in what was presumably a reference to Nord Stream II, an oil pipeline slated to double the amount of oil delivered into their country. While the project is indeed controversial, the irony of those remarks in light of Russian influence over American democracy was lost only the speaker; as was the obvious comparison to his own persistence in accelerating the development of the Keystone Pipeline into its fourth phase, which would allow for exponential growth in the delivery Canadian oil into the American heartland.
Open laughter at the US President just 0:52 seconds into his address to the UN General Assembly.
While equating the relentless scrutiny of the current president to the beating of a horse dead since 1946 wouldn't be entirely unfair, futile as it might seem, it does appear to be the only reasonable course of action when the alternative would allow the joke to permeate free from opposition. A dead horse needn't globetrot.
In what feels like an impenetrably dark hour, perhaps the most meaningful response from the world would be for those listening to simply laugh into the void. Maybe then the joke will become self-evident.