Donald Trump, French Wine and the Task of Tying One’s Own Shoes

I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to mock the American president. One can disagree with a president. One can support an American president’s electoral defeat. One can urge others to oppose a president’s policies and initiatives. But mocking a president almost always seems imprudent and juvenile and destructive of democracy.

Or not.

I’m a chauvinist. Why I’m a chauvinist I can’t say. Nevertheless, I’m almost always going to be inclined to come to the defense of the home town team, the American position, the family first.

But sometimes being a chauvinist and respecting the institution of the presidency just seems like a stupid and unthoughtful response to public displays of stupidity and ignorance. Case in point:

“I’ve always liked American wines better than French wines, even though I don’t drink wine. I just like the way they look.”

The is no way to mock this statement without at least implying the inherent stupidity of its owner. You just can’t do it.

The facts and rhetoric one deploys in support of political position or any statement is really more important than the position or statement. They form the foundation of the strength of the argument. There is a case to be made that American wine is more likable than French. And it’s not a difficult argument to make. That American wines look better than French wines is not part of that argument. That anyone would make this case is indicative of something that deserves mocking. It’s unfortunate that the “something” is the intellect and prudence of the President of the United States. Moreover, deploying this argument about the “look” of French wine in comparison to American wine in support of tariffs on $3.6 Billion worth of imports seems a tad buffoonish.

For wine lovers of integrity and politically minded wine lovers, there really is nothing to be done about this act of buffoonery. The best response is to internalize what you’ve just witnessed, catalog it, and add it to the cache of other things, ideas, and actions you’ve cataloged as you evaluate the President of the United State’s fitness to tie his own shoes and be trusted with sharp objects.

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10 Responses

  1. Jim Bernau - July 29, 2019

    Touché!

  2. Jeff Swanson - July 29, 2019

    Hilarious response Tom. Thank you for the perspective. Maybe he was talking about the labels…

  3. Scott Burns - July 29, 2019

    I agree that the best thing is to internalize and not reply to the “Presidential” comment.
    On the other question, I assume the wine in the widest glass is the American wine, since a high precentage of Americans are overweight

  4. Bill McIver - July 29, 2019

    Good one, Tom!

  5. Julie Ann Kodmur - July 29, 2019

    Great post, Tom!

  6. Pat Hellberg - July 29, 2019

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    You can formulate an opinion about a wine after a blind tasting. But how do you formulate an opinion when there’s NO tasting? Leave it to Trump. The fact that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about never stops him from talking. Great stuff, Tom. Hope you’re enjoying Oregon.

  7. Pat Hellberg - July 29, 2019

    You can formulate an opinion about a wine after a blind tasting. But how do you formulate an opinion when there’s NO tasting? Leave it to Trump. The fact that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about never stops him from talking. Great stuff, Tom. Hope you’re enjoying Oregon.

  8. Ray Krause - July 30, 2019

    Then, of course, he may know more about other things (wine not being one of them) than you?

  9. Tom Wark - July 30, 2019

    Ray,

    Wouldn’t it be frieghtening if the President didn’t know more than me about a whole variety of things and issues? God help us if he didn’t. Howevrer, my point is not that I know more about wine than the president. No one would dispute that. Rather, my point is that it’s kind of shocking that the president doesn’t know, as I do, that thinking before you speak is a good idea.

  10. Donn Rutkoff - August 2, 2019

    uhhhh lets see. many wines in u.s. bot by merikan drinkers is allus just picked cuz I liked the label. I can’r read French Spanish or croation so I don’t like labels in them languages. sound familiar?

    and whats up with hello kitty? isn’t that a kids thing?


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