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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DONALD TRUMP VERSUS EMMANUEL MACRON


Froma Harrop had a delightful op-ed yesterday, comparing Donald Trump, 71,  with Emmanuel Macron, 39, the new French president.  Like Trump, this was Macron's first attempt at elective office.

Let me get this out of the way first.  While still in high school at the age of 15, he formed a "relationship" with Brigitte Auziere, a married teacher of three.  She got divorced and married him in 2007.  He is 24 years younger than her.  Donald Trump is 24 years older than Melania.

Comparison:
                                           Trump               Macron

Economy/Politics           Conservative  Liberal/Socialist

Russia                            Pals                 Hostile

Immigration                   Purity              Open door

Global warming             Hoax               Important

Paris Agreement            Pulled Out      Strong backer

Energy                           Fossil Fuels    Nuclear

Music                                   ?               Accomplished pianist

I could have added to the mix Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, eldest son of former PM Pierre Trudeau.  Justin is 46, liberal, pro-immigration, concerned about global warming, pro-women's rights, and three years older than his wife.

How did the USA elect a leader who bows to Russia, insults Mexicans and Muslims, and calls global warming a hoax and women pigs, and worse?

Today I leave for the Big Island, mostly to participate in an Okinawa-Hawaii symposium on ocean thermal energy conversion, but also to dawdle.  I just decided not to bring my golf clubs, mostly because the bag would be a hassle to move around.

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