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Monday
Feb132017

The "Caddyshack" President

Elizabeth Williamson takes President Trump to task for turning the Mar-a-Lago ballroom into the Situation Room so that a response to North Korea's missile test could be sorted out.

As members shared photos of the man charged with carrying the nuclear codes on social media, the President openly discussed a proper response with Japan's prime minister. For this, Williamson invokes the Al Czervik metaphor.

Though President Trump never asked a bartender what time he was due back in Boy's Town or hit on Judge Smails' wife...

One would think leadership of the free world would have scratched Mr. Trump’s itch for publicity. But this is the man who called reporters using a fake name to generate stories about himself; who introduced a member of one of his clubs to a Golf Digest reporter as “the richest guy in Germany,” instead of by name; who looks pained when having to share the podium with anyone, from Sarah Palin to the prime minister of Canada. This is rule by Al Czervik, Rodney Dangerfield’s character in “Caddyshack”: a reckless, clownish boor surrounded by sycophants, determined to blow up all convention. But this is real life, and every time Mr. Trump strikes a pose, the rest of the world holds its breath.

Easy there, Czervik is no boor! Ok, maybe a tad...

 

 

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donnie probably has a closet full of plaid jackets and big and tall sized red ties.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I would have said Smails but he's a Judge. Bad!
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
David C,

A REAL Judge...not a "so-called" one!
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLong Ball
It can't be helped when everything revolves around image, regardless of what is actually delivered. And when it comes to images, I'll take Al Czervik every damn time over our former president kissing the hand of King Abdullah. At least Al was good for a laugh.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Checked comments for snappy Caddyshack gags; Found a bunch of Nunzios.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBarn Hongen
It is funny how she doesn't get the movie. Czervik is one of the good guys of the story. Him, Noonan, and the other workers, against the "snobs" - the club members and especially management under Smails.

Czervik: Friends with minorities, generous with money, fun loving guy. Ultimately on the winning team.
Smails: Bigoted, cheater at golf, cheapskate (come cut my grass, "The Flying Wasp") uptight. Ends up losing all his money plus the club.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
At the end of the day (movie), Czervik was one of the good guy.s..he got things done, he did what he said, he had fun, he shared what he had, people loved him (other than the snobby 'fakers'). Go TRUMP!
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGolf Guy
In the strained analogy I guess Mike Flynn is the gopher (Russian Mole more accurately) though Bannon is a better physical match for that role (and better. so far, at avoiding the attempts at eradication).
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
Hillary: "Why am I not up 60 points? I'm no slouch as a candidate you know"

Fill in the rest
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
With Barack Obama, they had to drag the President off the golf course and into the situation room; with Donald Trump, they can drag the situation room to him at the golf course.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Can they, Bill? Trump's private accommodations and recreation sites do not appear to have the sort of security imposed at Western White Houses and other such getaway residences for Presidents past. Is all staff vetted properly? This is not longer just The Donald -- it is, alas, the President of the United States.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV.Lind
Mr President, I worked for Al Czervik. I knew Al Czervik. You sir, are no Al Czervik.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKPK
KPK +1
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPrairiegolfer
I think the president is a tremendous slouch.

Now Wolf Blitzer has to rename his show "The Situation Patio."
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGolden Bell
I'm surprised they have not already set up a secure 'west wing' office environment right there at the club along with 'fire drill' procedures so that POTUS and his staff can readily access to convene in private in order to address this type of issue.....Trump will be there often and this should be SOP in the event of any critical issues at any time during his trips to PB.....additionally, if he is on the golf course, I would assume they could just hop into a cart and go over to the Beast in the parking lot to use that for secure conference and communication....handling these matters in public only gives their many critics more reasons attack them.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith - NYC
THANK YOU @ Scott, @ Golden Bell
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBarn Hongen
@BrianS takes home the 1st prize! Poor Elizabeth just doesn't get it, probably never will.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered Commenter#WINNING
Small hands. Small clubs. Small balls.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Classic NY Slimes hit piece. How that paper stays in business is beyond me. All the "news" that's $hit to print.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterShivas
Al and Donald are what a poor person thinks of as a "rich person".
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
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