Jack EngelhardJack Engelhard’s classic international bestselling novel Indecent Proposal, which later became a worldwide hit movie, has been republished to meet readers’ demands. His other major works include Compulsive: A Novel, his award-winning post-Holocaust Montreal memoir Escape from Mount Moriah, plus Slot Attendant: A Novel About A Novelist. His website: www.jackengelhard.com
The gravity of being President
Count me among those who believe that Donald Trump will make a great President. I’ve been in his corner from the start and will remain so.
But this has been a week I’d rather forget.
It began with John Dickerson and it ended with Mahmoud Abbas – two punks who deserve not a moment with the most powerful man in the world, and yet got the upper hand. I guess that’s my complaint of the moment, that Trump has not yet made the full switch from businessman to President.
The gravity of the office is a lesson he still needs to learn. Meanwhile he was schooled by Dickerson, a CBS reporter, simply because Trump let it happen. Inviting Dickerson into the Oval Office was Trump’s first mistake. Doesn’t he know that Dickerson is part of the Resistance news media? They’re all out to get him.
Then allowing Dickerson to pepper him with questions, simply to get under Trump’s skin, was Trump’s second mistake.
The gotcha smirk never left Dickerson’s face. He was having a blast going toe to toe with Trump, who must have forgotten something.
He forgot that he is President of the United States. He forgot that he does not need give-and-take conversations with people who intend to ridicule him.
Finally, he remembered, and tossed him out – which led, next day, to CBS Late Night Talk Show host Stephen Colbert to warble the kind of rant that has never been heard on American television against anyone…never, ever. But this was Trump being targeted with the most vulgar references.
Colbert, like Dickerson, and like the smug and bitter Left across the country that will never forgive America for choosing Trump – for them those are happy days whenever they can find any loser to toss mud in the eye of our President. For the rest of us, it’s painful.
For the rest of us, a loss for Trump is a loss for the United States. We take it personally. We need him to win.
We need him to quit painting himself into a corner and to quit stooping to lesser men.
Such as offering Mahmoud Abbas a public platform from the White House. Abbas is a killer, a murderer, a terrorist, a warlord and a Holocaust denier.
What was he doing there with the President of the United States, side by side, as if they were equals?
Abbas has long overstayed his term at the Palestinian Authority. Abbas is the president of nobody. Unless it’s Murder, Inc.
To give him and his gang equal standing with either the United States or Israel is a flaw that still needs to be corrected.
Abbas and his people cheered when the Twin Towers went down.
Abbas spoke lies as Trump sat still…Abbas saying that his PA teach their kids the value of peace.
Yet here we are and Abbas even gets to speak as if he were a real peacemaker and statesman – never mind his fingerprints all over the Munich Massacre.
Sitting next to President Trump, Abbas spoke lies as Trump sat still…Abbas saying that his PA teach their kids the value of peace.
We know quite the opposite to be true, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to point out:
“They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists.”
Then came that moment so many of us dreaded. The rest of it, okay, got it that diplomacy requires evasion, dishonesty and forgetfulness.
But will President Trump shake the hand of Mahmoud Abbas…a hand dripping in Jewish blood?
Like the Oslo Accords 1993, this would be another handshake we do not need. But Trump reached over and offered the handshake after all.
On top of that we learn that (since deleted), Trump had tweeted, “It was an honor to host Abbas.” An honor, Mr. President?
Can you really be so misinformed of all the Jewish widows and orphans left grieving from his work as one of the world’s leading Islamic terrorists?
Not a good day, or week. But Trump is still learning and through him, plenty of good days are still to come. So we trust and so we believe.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. His books, including “The Bathsheba Deadline,” are available from Amazon and other retailers. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com