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Another One Out the White House Door

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

Another day, another Trump appointee removed from the White House.

First, it was Michael Flynn. Then, it was Jeff Sessions, but it wasn’t, and then it was, and then it wasn’t… and then, it was Sean Spicer. And who could forget Anthony Scaramucci‘s ten-day stint as Communications Director?

Then, on August 18, now former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon became the latest member of the Trump team to be out of a job.

Why is yet another appointee leaving the White House?
Depending on who is asked, Bannon’s departure from the White House was “long-rumored,” according to the New York Times. Between his long-reported disputes with Trump’s National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster, his general lack of approval from Trump’s new Chief of Staff John Kelly, bad-mouthing fellow Trump staff members, and downplaying the threat of North Korea in an interview, critics (including Chief of Staff Kelly) have been calling for Bannon’s removal.

Who made the decision?
CNN is reporting that Bannon was fired following his failure to resign — and was, in turn, “forced out.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not confirm or deny that Bannon was fired, or left of his own accord. But, Bannon and Kelly “mutually decided” that August 18 would be Bannon’s last day. So, the stories are shaky all the way around, to put it nicely.

What’s next for Bannon?
Bannon’s previous employer, white nationalist news outlet Breitbart, is likely to welcome him back with open arms, the CNN report also states. Which reminds us to raise the question of why a known white nationalist like Bannon was even appointed in the first place — especially in the wake of the events in Charlottesville.

So, is this a good move or a bad move?
It’s a considerably good move considering Bannon’s white nationalist history. Following Trump’s initial reaction to Charlottesville and subsequent “many sides” statement, it looks good from a public relations perspective to remove those with ties to a white nationalist news outlet from the administration. It can give the appearance that Trump won’t tolerate that sort of rhetoric from his staff. And, of course, the whole making light of the North Korea situation couldn’t possibly look good for anyone involved.

But, what does it say about this administration, now that another appointee is out the door?
No matter the reasoning behind the move, or who orchestrated it, another appointee leaving on the heels of Scaramucci, Spicer, and Flynn… and Sessions (oh no, wait, he’s still in) could, and will, make the American people scratch their collective heads. We’re wondering what’s “really going on” in there. We’re watching Trump’s public persona and wondering how anyone could work for him. And our eyes are on the White House as though watching a reality television show (like, say, The Apprentice…). Our political system shouldn’t be viewed that way. We shouldn’t be wondering who gets “voted off” next week. And that’s exactly what’s happening.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

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The Outrageous Nature of Donald Trump

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

President Donald Trump (that will never not make me shudder) has made a habit of saying and doing ridiculous things. One of the most recent is his refusal to attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which is a tradition.

Along with that ridiculous bit of behavior, let’s take a look at some of President Trump’s lowlights…

Refusal to attend the Correspondents’ Dinner
This is a rite of passage for new Presidents and a tradition for established ones. As someone who isn’t fit for the presidency, it shouldn’t be a surprise that President Trump isn’t attending. But what’s his reason?

“I think it’s … kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn’t there,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said about the tension between President Trump and the media.

President Trump has made baseless claims against the media and some agencies have been frozen out. It’s a mess. The Correspondents’ dinner is a time for levity and fun.

Instead of attending and attempting to mend this fence (pun intended), President Trump will widen the divide. Sad!

 

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Claimed his inauguration crowd was bigger than Former President Obama’s, doubled-down despite photographic evidence to the contrary
This one can get lost in President Trump’s seemingly never-ending web of lies and deceit, but it’s one that is incredibly alarming.

Not only did President Trump lie about his crowd size despite photographic evidence proving he was lying, he took it a few steps further.

First, he had his flunkies enlarge images and revolve a press conference around the lie. Then, he attacked the media for allegedly working in tandem with one another to make his inauguration crowd seem smaller.

Led the birther movement against Former President Barack Obama
In 2012, President Trump tweeted that a “credible source” had told him then President Obama was not born in the United States.

President Trump then spent the next four years perpetuating this lie, which was of course disproved by official records.

He finally let go of his crusade last September, announcing during a ridiculous press conference what the rest of the world already knew: the then President was born in the United States.

The sickening thing about this is the number of President Trump’s followers who actually believe this lie. And as we saw with the election results, his supporters can be gullible and/or ignore facts that are placed right in front of them.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog. 

Snowball Fights, Elaborate Décor and Cherished Family Memories: A Timeline of Holiday Traditions at the White House

Author: Alli Jean, Current Events/Politics

It has arguably been the most contentious, tumultuous and divided year in recent history for American politics. At this time of year, let’s put partisanship and hatred aside. So pop that champagne, spin the Dreidel and reflect on the White House Holiday traditions and rituals that can unite us, rather than keep us apart. What follows is a brief history of the highlights of holiday traditions celebrated in Washington, D.C.

1800, First White House Christmas Party:

“President and Mrs. Adams gave it for their four-year-old granddaughter Suzannah, who was living with them. The Adams’ invited the children of “official” Washington to the party.”

1834, An Indoor Snowball Fight:

President Andrew Jackson threw an elaborate Christmas party for his children and grandchildren. “It included games, dancing, a grand dinner and culminated in an indoor ‘snowball fight’ with specially fashioned cotton balls.”

1889, The First Tree:

“Prior to the 20th century, Christmas at the White House was celebrated privately. The first White House Christmas tree, pre-electricity, was decorated with candles and toys and placed in President Benjamin Harrison’s living quarters.”

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1894, First Christmas Lights:

“The first electric lights on a family tree were used during the presidency of Grover Cleveland. (Electricity dates to 1891 in the White House).”

1903, A ‘Green’ Christmas:

“Noted conservationist President Theodore Roosevelt didn’t believe in cutting down trees for Christmas decorations. Instead, he threw a carnival for 500 children complete with dinner, dancing, souvenirs and Santa-shaped ice cream. However, Roosevelt’s son Archie defied the Christmas tree ban and smuggled a small tree into an upstairs sewing room.”

1909, A ‘Blue’ Christmas:

“President William H. Taft was the first president to have a tree in the public portion of the White House. His children helped him decorate that first tree in the Blue Room. Today, the Blue Room still hosts the official tree (one of many trees in the White House) and many presidents and their families have posed in front of it for their official Christmas photo.”

1923, A National Tree:

“President Calvin Coolidge expanded the celebration beyond the Blue Room with the lighting of the first National Christmas Tree, located outside the White House in a public viewing area.” See this year’s lighting here:

1929, First Official Decorated Christmas Tree:

“First Lady Lou Henry Hoover established the custom of decorating an official tree in the White House. Since that time, the honor of trimming the Christmas tree on the state floor has belonged to our first ladies. The tree stands in the oval Blue Room, an elegant space honored as the center of holiday splendor.

1954, Pageant of Peace:

The celebration started by Calvin Coolidge became the month-long Pageant of Peace following World War II and the Korean War as a way to commemorate the end of the wars. Today, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace on the White House Ellipse is the centerpiece of the holidays in Washington, DC. The First Family officially lights the National Tree and National Menorah in special ceremonies. Throughout the month, visitors can enjoy nightly musical entertainment, visit Santa’s Workshop and explore the mini-Christmas trees each featuring homemade ornaments from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

1961, Themes

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“First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy started the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree.” That year the tree was decorated with ornamental toys, birds, angels and characters from the “Nutcracker Suite” ballet. “For the American Flowers Tree in 1969, First Lady Patricia Nixon arranged for disabled workers in Florida to make velvet and satin balls featuring each states official flower.”

Over her eight White House holiday seasons, First Lady Hillary Clinton showcased the talents of America’s artistic communities.

First Lady Laura Bush varied the decorations, including the themes of “All Creatures Grand and Small in 2002” highlighting her love of animals and the importance of pets to White House history and a patriotic “A Red, White and Blue Christmas” in 2008.” “The theme had been inspired by letters from Americans that began arriving after September 11th suggesting the White House have a red, white and blue Christmas.”

First Lady Michelle Obama announced the 2010 White House Christmas theme of ‘Simple Gifts’ and she explained, ‘The greatest blessings of all are the ones that don’t cost a thing: the time that we spend with our loved ones, the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and the joy we feel from reaching out to those in need.'”

1979, The First National Menorah:

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“President Jimmy Carter was the first to officially recognize the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah when he lit the nation’s first official Menorah. Today, the presidential lighting ceremony continues and the National Menorah is part of the Pageant of Peace.”

1995, A Chocolate Christmas:

“A highlight of the holiday decorations has become the white chocolate replica of the White House. A tradition since the 1960s, today visitors will find this delicious architectural feat, which can weigh up to 300 pounds and take months to create, displayed in the State Dining Room. In 1995, the White House pastry chef also created a replica of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s girlhood home on Wisner Street in Park Ridge, Illinois. No detail was left unturned, including tiny stocking hung by the chimney with care.”


Planning to visit the Nation’s Capital This Holiday Season?

For more information on holidays at the White House and how you can see the decorations, visit www.whitehouse.gov/holidays.

For more information on visiting the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace, visit www.thenationaltree.org.

Looking for more fun things to do in the nation’s capital this holiday season? Check out this guide to winter holidays for more travel ideas!