Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Week in Review

What else did Donald Trump do this week?

He began the week by celebrating the New Year with Joseph "Joey No Socks" Cinque, a convicted felon who acquired his colorful nickname during his years associating with John Gotti and the Gambino crime syndicate. Access to the party--and therefore, to Trump--required paying money to Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, which grossed about $400,000 on ticket sales, but "Joey No Socks" and Trump have a prior relationship. Another paying guest was Hussein Sajwani, an Emirati business partner of Trump's, whom Trump was careful to praise in his remarks.

He clarified his cybersecurity philosophy by saying that "no computer is safe" and recommended using couriers for important documents. He should know: his Twitter account, the one patch of cyberspace he does personally visit, has been hacked before, raising questions about the consequences of it happening again. 

He took credit for a spike in album sales of a singer who will perform at his inauguration. The singer, Jackie Evancho, had been promoting the album herself for weeks; also relevant to the holiday season sales bump was the fact that it was a Christmas album.

On a related note, he requested, via his press secretary Sean Spicer, that people stop mocking him for taking credit for positive jobs developments that had been announced before his election. Spicer did not refute the underlying reason for the mockery, though.

And why are these such bad things?

  • A twenty-first century president needs to understand that having documents couriered is not a cybersecurity policy.
  • It's wrong to take credit for things you didn't do.
  • Presidents who do that don't get to ask people not to make fun of them.
  • As a rule, presidents should not party with literal mobsters.