June 13, 2018
When I arrived at the Hartford airport this morning to catch my flight to Los Angeles I was eager to get a newspaper and learn more about what happened in Singapore last night (our time).
I bought the current edition of USA Today, put it in my briefcase, and boarded my flight anxious to read about what happened at the meeting between President Trump and the Chairman of North Korea.
I devoured the front page only to find NOTHING; not a single word! I likewise devoured the second page and again, NOTHING!
Finally, on page three was a rehash of old news about what might take place at the summit.
Now this is a paper that has no trouble telling us Tuesday morning what happened at the Monday night football game, at least the first half. Apparently, though, they’re incapable or uninterested in reporting on an historic meeting between these two leaders.
Since I’m now at 36,000 feet, it is difficult for me to view other news sources (American Air does not have live TV.) From what little I have managed to hear / read, it sounds like our President and his team did a masterful job. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait to learn how they managed it. And, of course, any real progress will have to be verified over the next weeks and months.
In the meantime, I’m eager to see if The Nobel Peace Prize Committee recommends Trump for the prize (after all, they happily awarded it to Obama following zero accomplishments.)
I’m curious too to see whether, or how many, news outlets finally apologize to our President for ridiculing his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. I’m also anxious to see the acclaim other leaders worldwide heap on President Trump for his successfully navigating the risks in these talks and, at least for the moment, calming down one of the world's most volatile hot spots.
I wonder if Nancy, Chuck, Barack, Hillary, George, Bernie, or Bill will say ‘well done Donald,’ or in any way give him a pat on the back, for achieving what they could not. In fact, they all called him a fool for even trying.
I, for one, will say well done Mr. President. You have accomplished what many thought damn near impossible!
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.