Just words

Elections2016, POTUS, campaignLike the first Presidential debate, the much anticipated second show down didn’t deliver a straight knock-out blow either. Gradually, the Presidential campaign 2016 is turning into a low level display of accusations, gossip and hearsay, worse than I can recall from the nine previous Presidential campaigns that I have followed as a news consumer. The newly elected leader of the Free World inherits a tainted image from the campaign trail and –starting the day after the elections- has to restore credibility and dignity. One candidate grossly underestimated the impact of slandering by proclaiming: “It’s just words folks, just words”.

Munching cereal

Bowl of cerealDelhi, 06:30. Watching the first Presidential Debate with the children. Munching away a bowl of cereal, little escapes their attention: “Why does Trump wear a blue tie? He always wears red”. The debate showcased no knock out punch from either side. Trump proved tough on the issues especially trade, yet failed to look like a statesman from start to finish. Hillary was more presidential by any standard, but failed to neutralize the persistent punches from her opponent. I am afraid this is going down to the wire. Ninety minutes passed by in the wink of an eye. “Okay guys, time for school”.


white house USAThe US Secret Service has submitted a budget request to the Congress to build a replica of the White House. A one on one copy, that is. The replica should be erected on a training facility of the Secret Service and to be used for training purposes. This makes kind of sense. Responding to incidents and surveilling a domain is easier if you can -so to speak- navigate blindfolded in the area that you see to control. Perhaps it is therefore also an idea to reconstruct the Afghan-Pakistani Hindu Kush mountain range, or the Syrian domicile of the Islamic State.