Wednesday Reads: Go away, almost everybody hates you…Posted: December 27, 2017
The pick slip…
If only, right?
So did you hear the latest?
The enormous magnolia tree stood watch by the South Portico of the White House for nearly two centuries. Its dark green, glossy leaves shaded politicians and heads of state. Its ivory flowers bloomed through times of peace and war. It is the oldest tree on the White House grounds, a witness to Easter egg rolls and state ceremonies, a resignation, a plane crash, all the tumult and triumph of 39 presidencies.
But the iconic magnolia is now too old and badly damaged to remain in place, the White House announced Tuesday. At the recommendation of specialists from the National Arboretum, first lady Melania Trump called for a large portion of the tree to be removed this week.
So, this decision…they dropped in her lap. Considering she has higher ratings than that rodent haired fuck…what else would you expect?
The decision, first reported by CNN, comes after decades of attempts to hold the aged tree up with a steel pole and cables. Arboretum experts said that rigging is now compromised and that the wood of the magnolia’s trunk is too delicate for further interventions. Any other tree in that condition would have been cut down years ago.
But this is not any other tree. According to White House lore, the stately evergreen was brought to Washington as a seedling by Andrew Jackson. The magnolia was a favorite tree of his wife, Rachel, who had died just days after he was elected. Jackson blamed the vicious campaign — during which his political opponents questioned the legitimacy of his marriage — for his wife’s untimely death.
The new planting, which came from the couple’s Tennessee farm, the Hermitage, would serve as a living monument to her in the place she despised; before her death, Rachel had reportedly said, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than live in that palace at Washington.”
Long after Jackson left office, his magnolia remained. Other trees were planted to supplement it, and the tree became a fixture in White House events. Herbert Hoover reportedly took breakfast and held Cabinet meetings at a table beneath its sprawling branches. Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke with Winston Churchill in its shade. Richard Nixon strode past it as he left the White House for the last time after his resignation. In 1994, a Maryland man piloting a stolen plane clipped the tree before suffering a deadly crash against the White House wall. And for decades, the magnolia was featured on the back of the $20 bill.
“No tree on the White House grounds can reveal so many secrets of romance and history,” longtime White House butler Alonzo Fields once told the Associated Press.
So with this last presidency, the tRump presidency that has ushered in the end of democracy…we see it also bringing an end to the (cough, cough) Andrew Jackson Magnolia. A tree planted by a president who caused so much pain and heartbreak to so many people….and who, as president, would be one of the main sources of antagonization for the American Civil War.
You can find more history of the tree here:
History of the Jackson MagnoliaAfter a brutal presidential campaign in 1828, Andrew Jackson’s wife, Rachel, died just days after his election; according to historians, Jackson believed the particularly divisive campaign contributed to his wife’s untimely demise. When he took up residence in the White House as a widower following his inauguration, it is believed Jackson insisted on planting a sprout from Rachel’s favorite magnolia tree from the couple’s farm, Hermitage, in Tennessee.That tree eventually grew into the sprawling magnolia the American public has come to know and recognize to this day. (A companion magnolia was planted on the opposite side of the South Portico years later for symmetry.)
Some highlights from the tree’s lifetime:
- From 1928 to 1998, the tree was featured prominently on the back of the $20 bill.
- In 1994, a single-engine plane crashed onto the South Lawn of the White House, sending debris from the wreckage into the Jackson Magnolia, cutting off one of its larger branches.
- Laura Bush commissioned a set of White House china inspired by the tree, called “The Magnolia Residence China,” painted with magnolia leaves and blossoms.
- Michelle Obama in 2009 took a seedling from the magnolia to the United States Department of Agriculture so that it could grow at the USDA’s community garden.
- In 2016, Obama also clipped a seedling as a gift to the people of Cuba; it was planted during the Obamas’ visit there. Various other dignitaries and first ladies have gifted or replanted seedlings from the tree throughout history.
There is more pictures and some scientific info at that CNN link if you care to go and take a look.
Supposedly, a new clone tree of the Jackson Magnolia that has been growing for the last ten years or so, and is now 8-10 feet tall…will be planted in the originals place. As CNN notes this is so that, “for history to live on.”
I don’t know why…democracy is over in America but the fucking Andrew Jackson Magnolia will live on…just like the U.N.? And I am pronouncing that as UN, like in un-nazied the world…forever.
You do realize that, Idiocracy is no longer coming true! Because even in that world of idiots, they knew the Nazis were bad. Now…fuck no!
It’s the stupid racist Nazis running the show.
And on that sour note of realization, here are your cartoons.
Again…a lot of these cartoons are from the foreign press.
And believe me when I say, that shadow is lingering around for 2018.
This is an open thread.