Oh, this is going to be such an entertaining 100 days — er, four years — er, eight years?The human steamroller that is President Donald Trump has started his term with gusto, rolling over Barack Obama’s legacy, turning the establishment on its head (if not its butt) and tweaking the media every step of the way.
This is NOT business as usual, and it truly is an awesome sight to behold.
In case you missed it, there was a whole bunch of “mine is bigger” back-and-forth between Trump and the media regarding the size of the crowd witnessing his inauguration last Friday.
Per The Hill, Trump blasted the media during a speech at CIA headquarters on Saturday, accusing journalists of underreporting the number of people who attended his swearing in. The crowd, he said, stretched across the National Mall from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.The media quickly called “foul” based on lower Metro ridership on Friday compared to Barack Obama’s inaugurations. And of course there were those spurious comparison photos which purported to show vast empty spaces for Trump’s inauguration (because they were taken hours before the ceremony began).
Yesterday, press secretary Sean Spicer clarified that Trump had drawn “the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe” — when you take into account the audience from television and streaming social media.
Trump is not one to back away from a fight though, and announced via Twitter that he would be hanging a portrait of the vast crowd for his inauguration in the White House press hall.Per The Hill, President Trump on Tuesday shared an image of a panoramic portrait illustrating the size of his inauguration crowd that has been put on display in the White House press hall.
Trump tweeted a photo of the portrait, which was taken by Washington-based photographer Abbas Shirmohammadi, during Friday’s inauguration ceremony.
A photo delivered yesterday that will be displayed in the upper/lower press hall. Thank you Abbas! pic.twitter.com/Uzp0ivvRp0— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2017
Naturally, cry-babies on social media attacked THIS as well, noting there is a typo on the portrait showing the date as January 21st, not January 20th.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 24, 2017
Be honest, what difference does it make how many people actually showed up? Nothing in the grand scheme of things. They showed up at the polls, where it actually mattered.
But it sure is entertaining to watch this unfold.
[Note: This article was written gleefully by Michele Hickford]