Monday, January 18, 2016 Back at the gym this afternoon. Dead cold, fire cooking away in the living room, cats sleeping next to it, ominous clouds rolling in low over Hudson River, buddy says neighbor has trail photos of a Mountain Lion on hill where he lives above Kingston, last night a sixteenth birthday party for grandson Mattison.
AT reluctantly rejected a blog entry from me because it wasn’t fair to JEB Bush. It isn’t but I reproduce it here because it’s funny:
Trump Melon and Dr. JEB Barbay
By Richard F. Miniter
Watching JEB lecture The Donald about trade at the last debate while Trump’s expressions snidely suggested that JEB doesn’t know much about the real world made wonder where and when I’d watched this scene unfold before?
Because I had.
Forty-eight hours later it came to me – Donald Trump was playing Thorton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) in the 1986 hilarious comedy Back To School in which millionaire businessman Melon enrolls in College and JEB Bush was acting the part of Dr. Philip Barbay (Paxton Whitehead) his fussy, smug business professor.
In the scene I was thinking of Barbay has just finished describing to their class the steps necessary to start a business and Melon interjects:
Thornton Melon: Oh, you left out a bunch of stuff.
Dr. Phillip Barbay: Oh really? Like what for instance?
Thornton Melon: First of all you’re going to have to grease the local politicians for the sudden zoning problems that always come up. Then there’s the kickbacks to the carpenters, and if you plan on using any cement in this building I’m sure the teamsters would like to have a little chat with ya, and that’ll cost ya. Oh and don’t forget a little something for the building inspectors. Then there’s long term costs such as waste disposal. I don’t know if you’re familiar with who runs that business but I assure you it’s not the boy scouts.
Dr. Phillip Barbay(sniffing): …now, not withstanding Mr. Melon’s input. The next question for us is where to build our factory?
Thornton Melon: how ’bout fantasyland?
Needless to say the movie ends with Melon going home with Barbay’s girlfriend.