It’s hard to keep up with the many dumb comments made by Donald Trump, so I haven’t tried. But The Donald’s tendency for spouting off has led me to reflect on the wisdom spouted by previous Presidents Reagan and G.W. Bush, both of whom had a penchant for the mangled remark.
Looking back, I wondered if some of their comments might be almost Trump-like in their inanity. Sure, in some cases it’s easy to tell whether a certain comment was made by Trump or one of these other two. For example, if I asked, who said
“The only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
You’d probably guess that was Trump, and you’d be right. But can you guess who said:
“A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?”
“Consider a sequoia tree that has been growing for several hundred years. Just because a television crew one day decides to do a story about that tree doesn’t mean it didn’t exist before.”
“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”
Scroll down to the end of this post for the answer.
On occasion I’ll take to Twitter to play another round of #TrumpReaganOrBush. Luckily there’s plenty of material from each one to keep this up for awhile!
Now, the latest podcast summaries.
I’ll mention one more time, Before You Leap has a holiday food episode, with Anastacia Marx de Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen, and Judith Redmond, an organic farmer who talks about the contribution that farming can make to fend off climate change.
On the Savage Lovecast, don’t mix xmas and sex, please! A woman has two little kids – how can she get her husband to stop doing creepy, sexual stuff in front of the children (he’s “otherwise an excellent father,” she says!) Then, can you be the cool Aunt to your nephew without his parent’s consent? Dan’s Mom had a great tactic to deal with her kids’ sex questions. A straight girl is GGG, but her new guys has a puke fantasy. Dan reminds her of the GGG “within reason” caveat. Cass King of The Wet Spots talks about their new burlesque musical, Shine!, and we hear one of the songs from the show! Time Out New York says Shine! has “Hands down more goosebumps per minute than any other show! It’s ‘RENT’ for our generation.” Next, the dramatic story of the gay softball World Series (will that be the story for the next Wet Spots musical?). Plus, Mark Stern from Slate on men in the locker room, lawyer Roberta Kaplan on workplace discrimination, and even more.
On Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast, with guest comedian Jim Gaffigan – don’t call him “clean” (you’ll never guess his latest product endorsement deal). Gilbert and Jim talk about “good fan, bad fan.” Gilbert schools Jim on strip clubs. Jim recalls playing a cab driver in a movie, and why it’s hard to be a New Yorker when you watch TV and movies. Is Jim a pale Sikh? Jim’s days of selling soap, as the ad agency’s token goy. Gilbert does a jeans commercial! Jim works with Brian Cox, Eartha Kitt, Cloris Leachman, and crosses paths with his doppelganger, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And why Jim is the best son-in-law ever.
On Bullseye, former Congressman Barney Frank on his new memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. He’s retired from Congress but he’ll always be Honorable. How the Pope impelled his first election to Congress, what he missed by being a public figure, and how he worked with colleagues in Congress to get affordable housing, financial regulations, gay rights and many other good things done. Plus, comedian Lamont Price – he gets bored easily, leading to….you’ll never guess. Ever seen White Men Can’t Jump? Lamont’s favorite part is the theme song. And the post-punk band Mission of Burma. They had 19 years between albums, so what changed in between? You’ll be surprised.
Returning guest Abby Shumka joins the guys on Stop Podcasting Yourself. Abby loved to dance, but Dave plays fancy sports (with Bob Marley?). A James Garner sighting – but why have the hands and teeth been removed?Dave does a corporate gig – will he be moving to the suburbs? Some not so holiday-themed overheards. Car shopping? Don’t forget shoppy the shopping cart! And check out Abby’s new podcast Fashion Hags.
On The Smartest Man in the World, Greg does xmas in Germany, has a theory about what happens when Miami sinks, and drinks vodka with Dan Harmon. Then, xmas gift-giving guidance for the guys. As Santa Claus said, this is a marathon.
On Le Show, news of the Olympic movement, some University-based Apologies of the Week, News of the Warm, Addi the Atom and a lot of Christmas music you won’t hear anywhere else, including a couple of Harry’s original songs.
On Unfictional, an “audio daydream” with a paraglider who shares what happens when you fly into a cloud, and a prisoner who describes the power of a blue sky day.
On 99% Invisible, with censorship and privation, how did people get Western music in the 1950’s Soviet Union? The Kitchen Sisters join host Roman Mars to explain the odd use made from medical waste. It’s Bone Music. Check out the Sisters’ podcast Fugitive Waves.
On WTF Marc talks to comedian Horatio Sanz, from SNL and his Earwolf podcast, The Hooray Show. Marc is getting xmas cards from people he doesn’t know – he thinks. Why Horatio can’t be President, and is he disappointed (and will this be Marc’s quickest podcast ever)? Horatio is torn – take a class, or tag the yoga studio? Why he had to “Latino it up” for his landlord. He also talks about his time at Second City with Adam McKay, Matt Walsh, Matt Besser, Amy Pohler and others, and helping to start Cerebral Strip Mine and co-founding UCB. And look out for Horatio’s upcoming project with Fred Armisen, Mas Mejor.
On Risk!, it’s a xmas memories show! Joel Kim Booster hasn’t gone home for xmas in awhile, but he does call home. He was a pretty gay kid, so asking for presents was a minefield. Joe Mulligan is tending a lonely bar for xmas – is there any other kind? Monte Lamonte has a year without Santa – his Mom’s family were old-school Italians so you don’t mess with religion (also check out his food blog), and Susan Kent’s Mom let the kids know how much xmas was costing her. As an adult, her relationship with her mom remains complicated.
On Criminal, an interview with Sgt. David Mascarenas, Dive Supervisor for the LAPD. In 2013, the unit got an unreasonable call about a 2011 cold case: evidence might be in the La Brea Tar Pits. Is diving into the pits even possible? Dave finds out.
Snap Judgment has a story of an Afghani boy and the unexpected request he gets from the Taliban; then, Peter Aguero’s Dad teaches him how to stand up to a bully, and Peter makes his Dad proud. Plus, Glynn’s two bosses remind him of a 1960’s sitcom.
The psychology of giving on Hidden Brain. Is donating to charity from generosity or guilt? Just tell the voice recorder you’re not giving to the hungry kids. How much does social pressure contribute to altruism? A recent experiment has some surprising data. Plus, stopwatch science, re-gifting, and how to give better gifts.
On Story Collider, researcher Adam Foote has a sea urchin problem. After they spawn, they die – so how to get a new batch for research? And how can you even tell if they’re dead? It’s the awful smell of invertebrate death.
On Only a Game, Pete Rose – is anyone else sick of him. Bill has a solution. Serena is Sportswoman of the Year, and she never sacrificed a goat at center court. Abby Wambach retires – is she “the greatest of all time”? A Brown University athlete comes back from a brain injury. Charlie Pierce on Darth Tater. And an interview with Peter Landesman, director of the movie Concussion.
Plus, Quentin Tarantino visits The Nerdist podcast. He loves Chris on After Midnight! He talks about comic-con, Ralph Bakshi, and his new movie The Hateful Eight! Why he trusts in “Oh my God what am I going to do now?” Also, John Hodgman is on the 300th episode of LiveWire! Host Luke Burbank gives John a grammar lesson!
ANSWER: That would be, in order, Reagan, Trump and Bush (and no, I don’t know what Bush meant either).