How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a European White House Correspondent

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 April 27, 2017|
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I was fortunate to be among some 50 conservative journalists and writers invited to a private reception and press briefing at the White House on April 24. It was mostly a symbolic act, meant to reward long-time loyalists who’d risked blacklisting and anathema by the establishment media for supporting Donald Trump, with the information to be publicly distributed after the briefing.

As it was raining outside, and the doors to the reception area were still locked, a group of friends and I took shelter in the regular White House briefing room, a cramped and ugly space where the White House press pool is kept. For a while the two groups of journalists got to mix with each other. There was not a little ill feeling and testiness expressed by some of the establishment media.

“That’s not fair,” pouted a particularly obnoxious European correspondent to no one in particular, loudly demanding that she be allowed to cover the private briefing.

“That would vitiate the purpose of holding a private briefing,” I sniffed, refusing to check my privilege.

“Well, at least let me interview you,” she said, indicating my small group.

Just as my interlocutor was visibly wearying, White House staffer announced that the private reception would begin in a few minutes. It was then that she drew the ace she’d been hiding up her sleeve, the killer question that she would have liked to raise with Trump.

“Go to hell,” I heard my husband mutter as he turned his back on her. My husband is a wise man, even if sometimes profane when aroused. But, as fools rush in where those of better judgment fear to tread, I volunteered to be her interviewee.

“What question do you plan to ask the president,” she started. “I know what I’d ask him. What do you want to ask?”

“I don’t want to ask a question. I’d rather tell him how much I admire him, and how I’ve written articles supporting him since August 2015. I want to thank him for giving up his comfortable life with his beautiful wife and children to take on the extraordinary task of leading our country away from the edge of the abyss to which the last eight years have brought us.

“…..”

“Donald Trump ran for president because he was summoned by a historical imperative. I’m talking about ‘History’ in the Hegelian sense. In Donald Trump, the man and the time are met.

“He’s a World Historical Figure,” I added, drawing upon the last remaining scraps of Hegel’s The Philosophy of History that I still retained.

“What was the imperative?”

“First, to beat Hillary Clinton. Think of the calamitous course she’d chart for America—and the world. Everyone thought she was inevitable. That American decline was inevitable. Everyone thought she’d win.”

“Not everyone would agree with you about Hillary being calamitous,” she retorted.

“Do you want to interview me or argue with me?”

“OK, you supported him. But what do you think now, after his first 100 days?”

“Oh, where to begin? He’s exceeded my wildest expectations! He’s rolled back so many needless and harmful regulations, making our country more friendly to job creation. He’s taken us out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which failed to protect our workers, our trade secrets, and intellectual property.

“By honoring the red line in the sand in Syria that Obama abandoned, he’s returned America to its historical position as a moral force in the world without getting us involved in nation-building. He’s put the world on notice that America is watching and is not to be toyed with.

“By his rhetoric alone, he’s reduced the number of illegals entering our country.”

Just as my interlocutor was visibly wearying, White House staffer announced that the private reception would begin in a few minutes. It was then that she drew the ace she’d been hiding up her sleeve, the killer question that she would have liked to raise with Trump.

It was meant to be the sort of gotcha question that embarrasses the interviewee and garners kudos from a liberal correspondent’s fellow travellers in the press pool.

“What do you have to say about the fact that Trump is going to address the NRA conference next week?”

“You mean the National Rifle Association? The NRA stands up for our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Unfortunately, you haven’t got similar protections in your country.”

“As a Canadian immigrant, one of the first things I did after I got here was to get a gun. That’s when I felt truly liberated. Acquiring a gun is a uniquely quintessential American experience.”

“…….”

“I have a Glock. What kind of gun do you have?”

“I don’t need to own a gun.”

“What would you do if you had to defend yourself? Like from an intruder into your home?”

“My boyfriend…”

“So you think a woman needs a man to protect her? I’m shocked. I had you pegged as a feminist. Am I wrong?”

“……”

“Gloria Steinem said that a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. What you’re telling me is that you need a bicycle!”

“I’ve got to run though. I’ve enjoyed our interview! Hope you got what you needed!”

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Esther Goldberg
Esther Goldberg is a lawyer living in Alexandra, Virginia.
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5 Comments

  1. Peter S Rieth April 27, 2017 at 5:48 am

    What country was this “European” from? Out of curiosity…

  2. Peter63 April 28, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Presumably the dots which express the MSM correspondent’s responses are Mrs Goldberg’s polite and proper way of shielding us readers from profanity. Very rightly.
    Yet they testify, if so, to the regular behavior of the Left when anybody bothers to argue with them rationally. They have no answers so they are reduced to name-calling (“racist”, “Fascist”, “x-, y-,z-ophobe”) and they are so drugged by their own hysterical irrationality that they never notice how they have run out of arguments – no later than the start of the discussion.
    In a sane world nearly everyone would laugh at them; so uproariously, that they would run off their platforms, hide and be silent for decades.

    • Peter S Rieth April 28, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Ah – but the world is sane. Everyone does laugh at them; so uproariously – just not in America or Western Europe where they are treated like gods. For many in the rest of the world – they are simply comic relief.

    • MrLynn May 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      I interpreted the dots as jaw-dropped speechlessness. What a delightful—er, exchange. If I’m ever in a debate, I’d want Esther Goldberg on my side.

      /L. E. Joiner https://WalkingCreekWorld.wordpress.com

  3. Bad Wolf May 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Trump even more than Reagan is visibly fulfilling his campaign promises and starting to reverse the blight that Obama’s transnational progressivism (AKA rebranded Marxism) brought on the country. An amazing first hundred days.
    1. Gorsuch nomination restores Balance to the Supreme Court
    2. pulls out of the transpacific partnership and serves notice for the renegotiation or cancellation of NAFTA thereby signaling that the US will not allow our industry to be destroyed by bad trade deals
    3. mass cancellation of Obama regulations and even better running many of them through Congress which basically kills such regulations from ever being enacted again unless specifically passed by a future Congress – kicking off the beginning of the recovery of our economy. There is much more to do on this deregulation given that it’s cost of $2 trillion a year regulatory compliance is even heavier than the cost of the entire tax system
    4. installs a cabinet with the most striking collection of talent since Gerald Ford fielded giants like Henry Kissinger, William Simon, James Baker and others. In Trumps case Mattis, Tillerson, Sessons, Carson, Perry, Haley, Pruitt and other incredibly accomplished brilliant people capable of turning around the agencies they lead.
    5. Inspires business confidence to the fastest growth in the stock market, economy and employment in 20 years.
    6. Introduces strategic behavior into foreign policy with its key features of surprise, unpredictability, playing cards close to vest, deal-making – all of which Obama completely lacked (which resulted in him getting beaten by every opponent).
    7. First Republican to stand up to press shilling for the Democrats – crushing their credibility as the real leaders of the Democrat party.
    8. Has the stones to tackle Healthcare reform before Obamacare finishes collapsing and to tackle tax reform.

    Trump is a dynamo. No “leading from behind” in him. Looking forward to the next 1400 days then to re-election.

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