Donald Trump – our president-elect, our president-elect, our president elect (I have to keep repeating it to myself until it becomes less terrifying) – tweeted out a midnight critique of this week’s “Saturday Night Live” while it was still airing.
He’s actually not far off the mark. SNL is more often than not unwatchable outside of the political skits and Weekend Update. And the music, oy, I haven’t recognized or cared about an act in years, proving beyond a doubt that I am old, old, old. Or have taste. Whatever.
But, still, isn’t it weird that a future president is A) Reviewing a comedy show in the middle of the night B) Has such incredibly thin skin C) Clearly doesn’t get that humor, by definition, is biased, and D) Tweets at all?
Maybe it’s just me but it just doesn’t seem very presidential to issue late night 140-character blurts via a social media app with a silly name instead of through a speech, a brief or a televised address to the nation.
Welcome to the new reality, I guess. Presidents have always used the technology of the day to get their message across – newspapers, radio, TV etc. So maybe if Twitter had been around at the time, other presidents would have used it as well, although I like to think not, at least not in the manner Trump is using it so far. But maybe they would. Maybe there’s something about the forum itself that encourages shallowness, bombast, mockery and peevishness.
So maybe they’d have tweeted just like Trump:
George Washington: “Crybaby Brits still can’t get over fact they lost the war. What losers! #USA! USA!”
Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rig …”
(Get it? He hit the 140 character limit and had to abort one of the greatest phrases ever written by man.) (Well, I thought it was funny.)
Abraham Lincoln: “Heading to big play tonight at the Ford. See you there! WOOT!”
Teddy Roosevelt: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
(You noticed that was an actual Trump tweet, right? Sounds stupid even under another name, no?)
Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Japs whipped us at Pearl Harbor #dayofinfamy but you watch, USA will defeat them bigly in the end. #bombthecrapoutofthem.”
Harry Truman: “Rosie O’Donnell just said she felt ‘shame’ at being fat – not politically correct! She killed Star Jones for weight loss surgery, just had it!”
(Also, sadly, a direct Trump tweet.)
Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Lying Khrushchev says he will bury us. So sad. Aggressive attitude likely to make up for fact he’s bald! LOL! #patheticCommie #hairclubformen.”
Richard Nixon: “Failing Washington Post says Watergate is a big deal. Rest of country thinks the Washington Post ISN’T a big deal! #decliningscirculation #goingoutofbusiness #losers.”
George W. Bush: “Hey, Osama, how you like me now that I invaded Baghdad and knocked down your little statue? Booyah! #micdrop. (middle finger emoticon)”
Barack Obama: “If crazy @megynkelly didn’t cover me so much on her terrible show, her ratings would totally tank. She is so average in so many ways!
(Yes, tragically, also a direct Trump tweet.)
My tweet on this whole Trump tweeting thing: It’s going to be an interesting four to eight years. #holdontoyourbutts #canadaherewecome