Way back when in the annals of TV, Excedrin ran a very successful ad campaign in which actors would dramatize one of life’s small (or large) aggravations. At the end of the spot, the aggrieved individual would close his eyes, put his hand to his forehead, and wince in pain.
Excedrin Headache number such-and-such the voiceover would intone.
Here’s an example circa 1960:
This campaign (cam”pain”?) came to mind when I read about the Nobel Committee’s list of nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. I was particularly struck by one name on that list of 318 people, which I suspect will give Democrats Excedrin Headache No. 3,000. The name is that of real estate mogul-turned President Donald J. Trump!
Be mindful that Trump probably has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning this meaningless prize, which will almost certainly go to a liberal, but it’s hard not to laugh when you watch the latest tantrum by aging Trump detractor and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Waters was a guest on MSNBC, where she told host Joy Reid (beginning at 1:13 in the video that follows):
I would never, ever participate him [sic] in what people would consider a normal fashion. He’s not normal. And he does not deserve to be honored. I don’t go to these ceremonial events where you’re praising and honoring and exchanging niceties. And for those people who say, ‘Oh, he became presidential,’ he did not. He cannot become presidential. He is who he is. And I mean, whatever his socialization was, whatever his upbringing was, he is not someone that deserves to be president of the United States of America, respecting and honoring others, because he does not.
Even if one were to overlook Waters’s grammatically challenged use of participate as a transitive verb, it’s hard not to imagine her having gone ballistic had someone dared to say in 2009 that Barack Obama did “not deserve to be honored” or “to be president of the United States.”
Speaking of Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize, he was the recipient in 2009, then went on to bomb the living crap out of seven countries, turn sovereign nations over to terrorists, and turn the Middle East into a combat zone. The committee has been aware of what a nightmare he turned out to be. Last December, the organization’s secretary expressed regrets over having given Obama the prize.