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June 13, 2018


Being in DC, there are a number of opportunities that are open to the public every year to visit the White House. Back in April, I got to go see the France State Arrival Ceremony welcoming Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron during their visit to DC. Despite having to arrive in the wee hours of the morning to start lining up and get through security, I would say the experience was definitely worth it!

This military band played both the American and French national anthems

The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps also performed

Here are President Trump and President Macron walking by on the lawn

My view of the White House from among the crowds on the South Lawn – if you look closely, the First Couples are standing and waving on the balcony

Hoping for more opportunities in the future to see the White House again!



Happy Birthday Mamie!

We have talked about Donald Trump’s hair, his rather peculiar long ties, but how about his hand gestures?   One can reasonable argue that The Donald is just as well defined by his hand gestures.

Single palm                                                     How about double palm?

Single OK                                           How about double OK?

Single finger pointing                                   How about double finger pointing?

Probably Donald Trump’s best known hand gesture – not sure if there is a name for this gesture. Is it an ‘L’ or ‘b’ or ? Let’s just call it the Trump Emphasis

Just in case, we think only people in the U.S. notice the Trump hand gestures, one city in China erected a giant rooster statue to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, with golden crown (i.e. blond hair), and a couple of well know hand gestures.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before Congress, after it was revealed that data firm Cambridge Analytica was able to access information from tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge. While unauthorized user data access is very, very serious matter, the hearing couldn’t help being a theater.

If you still have an outdated Mark Zuckerberg image – un-install that, and download the latest version!

In fact, the latest update is more like D.A.T.A., than data mis-use.

Which one is Mr. Zuckerberger, and which one is Mr. Zuckerman? As if being grilled by Senators and Congressmen weren’t enough to endure, he had to put up being called different mangled forms of his name.

Why did he think he needed a booster seat, when testifying? And, why wouldn’t that be reported by every media outlet and blogger on the planet?

After being roasted over the internet, on his second day of testifying, the booster seat was nowhere to be seen.

The hearing also evolved to be as much about conservative video bloggers, Trump supporter, Diamond & Silk. Diamond & Silk, real names Lynnette Hardaway & Rochelle Richardson, complained that their Facebook page was shutdown, preventing thousands of their followers from access to their blogs. Facebook was foolish enough to send them an email stating “(t)he Policy team has come to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community.” Unsafe to the community – what does that even mean? Diamond & Silk, of course, claimed censorship because of their conservative views and their support for President Donald Trump.

I bet most of those Congress persons have never heard of Diamond & Silk, but those were their favorite words that day. A large poster was brought into the hearing room to stare Zuckerberg right in the face.

If Mark Zuckerberg had never heard of Diamond & Silk, he is having recurring nightmares about them these days.


We know Donald Trump liked to do film and TV cameos. He was also not above doing commercials to promote others and himself (of course). You may be curious about whether he did any cameo with his wives. He did.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1994) – with wife number 2, Marla Maples

Zoolander (2001) – with future wife number 3, Melania Knauss

Although wife number one, Ivana (Zelnickova) Trump appeared in The First Wives Club (1996). But, they did not seem to have appeared in any film or TV cameo together.

They did do a Pizza Hut commercial in 1995. At that time, Ivana was actually ex-wife. The Donald had already moved on to wife number 2.

We all know Ronald Reagan was an actor before he was the president. I don’t know if Donald Trump thought following Reagan’s path would get him into the Whitehouse, but The Donald also has a list of film & television credits; mostly cameo appearances where he plays himself.

Spin City with Michael J. Fox (1998)

The Drew Carey Show (1997)

Sex in the City (1999)


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Two Weeks Notice, with Hugh Grant (2002)

Ghosts Can’t Do It (1989) – The Donald seemed to have a bit more than cameo appearance here. He was awarded Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor

Suddenly Susan (1997) – prophetic or what ??