Trump, it is said, was not impressed with either the home or its deceased occupant. He did profess a grudging admiration for Washington’s wealth, because Washington was one of the wealthiest Americans of his time. The fact that Washington put all of his cheese on the line when he rebelled against the British and led the Revolutionary Army to a victory that was by no means ever certain, did not impress Trump nearly so much; he confided to Macron that that was “just stupid.”
Macron kept his mouth shut. The fact that the President of France knows more about American history than the President of the United States must have occurred to him, although around here we are getting used to the idea that the President of the United States knows less about American history than the average shelter dog.
Trump criticized Washington for not naming Mt. Vernon Mount Washington, after himself, speculating that he would have been more famous had he done so. Trump is apparently unaware that there is in fact, a Mount Washington, not to mention a state named after George and, oh, yeah, the nation’s capital. Also, the first President’s picture was on every one of the $130,000 dollar bills Trump slipped to Stormy Daniels to keep her mouth shut about his mushroom.
Macron was said to have reflected at that point that if Puerto Rico really wanted to mend fences with its President, it could apply for statehood and rename itself Trumpo Rico. Then it could easily get that 91 billion tossed its way instead of just a few paper towels.
Washington being the Father of His Country did not cause Trump to cut him any slack, for Trump is a father himself, of Ivanka, Donald, Eric, Barron, that one that nobody can ever remember and numerous legally aborted fetuses.
Trump scorned the original President for never selling Washington steaks, Washington whiskey, having a Washington Shuttle or selling degrees at a Washington University. (Even though there are at least two Washington Universities, the heirs of Washington make no money from either one)
At this point, Macron was probably thinking that if dead people really did spin in their graves, someone could hook up a generator to Washington’s corpse and it would produce enough electricity to power the entire city of Richmond indefinitely.
Before departing for dinner with the Trumps, praying all the while that he and his wife wouldn’t be served cheeseburgers like some common championship football team, for the French are notoriously fussy about food, Macron was said to be thinking that while you can be part of history without knowing anything about it, you can’t be described as making history. That would imply that you know enough about it to try to bend it in a direction that you thoughtfully chose. And to continue the food analogy, you can be in a cookbook if you don’t know anything about cooking, like hamburger or broccoli can be, just like you can be part of history without knowing anything about history. But if you’re not writing or reading the cookbook, you’re just an ingredient.
Donald Trump-Ingredient of history.