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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Daily Combover - April 19, 2017

Trump has an unusually busy day considering he stayed up late thinking about a way to congratulate Karen Handel on her negative 28 point victory in GA-6:
Oops he fell asleep before he had a chance to mention her by name. Here we go:
Side note: Is anyone else troubled by how they see Trump lying and just ignore it now? It's as if I know he's going to lie about everything so it just doesn't bother me any more. That makes me very uncomfortably numb.

After that Tweet he met with some vets for a photo-op and signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension & Improvement Act. Let's dig into that for a moment:
President Trump took one of his first steps Wednesday to address chronic problems in the Department of Veterans Affairs by signing a bill that extends stopgap services for veterans to go outside the VA medical system for care.
After campaigning on the issue of improving substandard care for veterans that dogged President Obama, Mr. Trump signed a reauthorization of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act and announced that he would devote a press conference to veterans issues next week.
“The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it’s time that they are recognized and it’s time that we now take care of them and take care of them properly,” Mr. Trump said.
Yes, you are reading that correctly. After bashing President Obama and the VA as well as veterans themselves repeatedly on the stump, Trump extended the Obama Administration's private option for veteran health care. And then said he was providing them with something new. OK so some lies still catch me off-guard.

Next was the main event. The creme de la creme. Trump finally had his chance to give Tom Brady a rose and invite him back to the White House for Season 2.
Trump gushed over Belichick, Kraft, and the 70% of the Patriots that were willing to be within 500 miles of him. What's this? Even Brady didn't show up? Gisele doesn't sound like much of a Trump fan. Lastly, here's an obligatory mention of Aaron Hernandez, former Patriots TE and convicted murderer, who presumably hanged himself last night just ahead of the Patriots celebration.

Joining the 30% of the Patriots not in attendance today were Ken and Barbie.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  What a great day it is to be with all of our friends at the White House.  We celebrate the Super Bowl New England Patriots, world champions, Super Bowl champions -- champions, period -- and their historic win.  (Applause.)  And they are champions.  
Before we get started, I want to acknowledge some special guests.  We're proud to be joined by seven wounded warriors who have bravely served and sacrificed for our nation.  Specialist Cameron Greenstreet.  (Applause.)  Staff Sergeant Frederick Manning.  (Applause.)  Specialist James Matthews.  (Applause.)  Sergeant Christopher McGinnis.  (Applause.)  Specialist Stephanie Morris.  (Applause.)  Sergeant Major James Watson.  (Applause.)  Staff Sergeant Sheldon Warner.  (Applause.)  
Special people.  And America is very blessed to have you with us.  Thank you.  
The New England Patriots are big supporters of our military and America’s veterans.  Joe Cardona -- where’s Joe?  Where is Joe?  There he is, in his beautiful navy -- (applause) -- thank you, Joe.  Serves in the Navy Reserves and is a graduate of the Naval Academy.  Coach Belichick is the son of a Navy veteran.  And Bob -- that’s Bob Kraft -- he’s becoming a pretty famous guy for winning, I’ll tell you that.  Between him and Belichick, wow.  You do so much to support our military.  Bob has been my friend for a long time, and he wants to support our military.
For those of you new to Trump speeches, he always throws out names and always has difficulty finding people because he refuses to wear his glasses.
So what a group of champions, all of them.  And, Bob, I want to commend you for building such an extraordinary organization.  Five Super Bowl victories since 2002 -- really unbelievable.  And I’ll say this right now:  George Steinbrenner, as you know, was a very good friend of mine.  And George was a great champ too, but there was a little more turmoil, right?  A little more turmoil in his victories.  And that’s okay.  He was another great one.
He's actually not lying about this one. Steinbrenner really was his best friend. Two cantankerous peas in a pod.
Since Bob bought the Patriots in 1994, they’ve won more division titles, conference championships and Super Bowl wins than any other team.  No team has been this good for this long.  (Applause.)  He’s built a culture dedicated to winning.  And he started it with his coach -- and I want to tell you, that is some special man -- it’s called the Patriot Way.  And that really starts with Coach Belichick.  
Or as 10-year old philosopher Eric Cartman once put it: Cheat to win.
And I want to thank all of you for being with us.  The Patriots are an incredible organization, and this Super Bowl victory was a complete team effort.  That’s the beauty of what they do -- they win as a team.  (Applause.)  With your backs against the wall, and the pundits -- good old pundits.  Boy, they’re wrong a lot, aren’t they -- (laughter) -- saying you couldn’t do it, the game was over, you pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time, one of the greatest comebacks of all time -- but the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.  And that was just special.  I think I looked at odds and they gave you less than one half of 1 percent of winning the game.
Somehow Trump didn't compare his election victory to the Patriots win. Someone must have forced him to stick to the script today.
And then the coach said, let’s go for three.  He’s losing by so much, he said, let’s go for three.  And I say, what is he doing?  That was a great decision, Coach.  (Laughter.)  I tell him that all the time.  
The fourth down conversion by Danny Amendola -- where’s Danny?  Where’s Danny?  (Applause.)  Way to go, Danny.  The big sack by Trey Flowers.  Big sack.  Where’s Trey?  Come on, put your hand up, Trey.  See, he’s shy, a little bit.  (Applause.)  You weren’t shy when you hit that guy, were you?  You weren’t shy about -- he didn’t mind hitting.  Thank you, Trey.  Great job.  The incredible catch by Julian Edelman.  (Applause.)  What a catch.  We all said, no, that ball was dropped.  Isn’t that good?  You know, in the old days, they might have said that was dropped.  Those replays are good.  You’re starting to like the replay, right?  (Laughter.)  Great going, Julian.
Where's my glasses?
I think of guys like Marcus Cannon and the offensive line.  Marcus?  (Applause.)  That’s some line.  Or Matt Slater, who was awarded the 2017 Bart Starr Award for the character and leadership he has shown both on and off the field.  Malcolm Mitchell -- (applause) -- it’s true.  (Applause.)  Malcolm Mitchell, who, as a rookie, handled the pressure of the Super Bowl like an absolute true veteran.  Way to go, Malcolm.  (Applause.)  Good job.
Or Nate Ebner, who played on our Olympic rugby team last summer.  Pretty good athlete, right?  And in Brazil -- he was in Brazil playing and doing really well, and is an All-Pro special team guy and player.  So, Nate, congratulations.  Where’s Nate?  (Applause.)  Which is the tougher sport, Nate, football or rugby? 
I think I left them in the Lincoln Bedroom. Someone call Flynn and get him to bring them over. What's this? He doesn't work here any more? REINCE!!!!!
MR. EBNER:  I don’t know.  (Laughter.)    
THE PRESIDENT:  I had a feeling you might say that.  But everyone played a role, and everybody played as champions.  It was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, and it ended with a legendary victory for this proud franchise and for these absolutely terrific players and coaches.
You had the best record in football with 14 wins and only two losses.  And that doesn’t happen by accident.  It takes hard work, dedication, and a commitment by every member of the team to work together in pursuit of the ultimate goal, a goal that very few people achieve.  And you’ve achieved it five times, many of you, and our coach and our owner have achieved it five times.  Great, great talents, great, great people.
Whether you’re trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild our country, as Coach Belichick would say, there are no days off.  And just a quick story about the coach.  So I had won the primaries, and I’m now in this rather heated election that a few of you have read about.  And he wrote me this beautiful letter after the primaries.  "Congratulations," he said all sorts of things that were really good.  I mean, it was really a beautiful letter.  And it was very close to going before the election.  And I called up, and I said, Coach, do you mind if I read the letter tonight to a stadium full of people in a very, very big and important state?  And he said, "You know what?  I’d rather not have you do that.  Could you send it back to me?  I’m going to give you another one."  I said, no that’s okay.  "Nope, I want to give you another one."  Now, immediately to me, that means he’s going to tone it down because what he said was so nice.  And you know what he did?  He toned it way up.  It was much better.  It was much better.  He made that the greatest letter, and I did very well in that state.  Thank you, Coach.  That was very good.
Oh ok the world isn't ending, Trump mentioned the campaign. All is unwell in the world.
But, you know, he’s just a very special guy.  And he’s tough.  Is he tough, fellas, or a nice guy?  Huh?  A little tough, right?  He’s tough, he’s smart, and he’s got a great heart.
So the Patriot coaches and these great players have delivered iconic American sports moments that will last forever.  We’re going to watch that game over and over and over.  That game will last forever.  Five Super Bowl wins in the era of free agency, which is really, really tough.  What an achievement.
So again, congratulations to Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.  And with that, I’d like to ask a very special and talented man, and a great friend of mine for a long time, Bob Kraft, to say a few words.  Thank you all very much.  (Applause.) 
We'll end it here, but suffice it to say, without Brady, it was much ado about nothing.

Catch you on the flip side.

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