One hundred and some days in, it's not looking good, as Ann Coulter, Candidate Trump's fiercest and fearsome-est supporter, notes at The Daily Caller; meanwhile, back at the White House, the Weekly Standard reports that it's Steve Bannon against everyone when it comes to trying to prevent Trump from renewing and extending the debacle in Afghanistan. In other words, the ship of state is still sinking when Trump's National Islamic Apologist -- I mean, National Security Adviser -- lectures from the podium all about "three of the world greatest religions."
Then there's this. The president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is not a White House official, heretofore known mainly for not being the same "Michael Cohen" who travelled to formerly Eastern Bloc Europe during the presidential campaign, posted a picture of his college-student-daughter on Twitter. It has made news (see above).
In the posed black and white shot, Miss Cohen is wearing a black lace bra and panty hose, or leggings, her make-up dark, her eyes downcast, her updo messed, her shoulders hunched forward.
Her father tweets: "So proud of my Ivy League daughter...brains and beauty channeling her Edie Sedgwick. On Instagram @samichka_ "
While it is the "creep factor" of father posting daughter-in-lingerie that sparked Twitter, there are many layers on display here -- as only social media can put things on display.
That is, how fatherhood has changed. Today, the highly successful, publicly prominent, doting dad (on whom the President of the United States relies for legal advice) not only raises and enables his daughter to attend college in the Ivy League, he presents her in lingerie to his 200K Twitter followers.
When you need words to explain what's wrong with this picture, also literally, there's no point to writing them.
Then, he proudly explains his 20-something bundle of "beauty and brains" is "channeling her Edie Sedgwick."
Channeling her Edie Sedgwick? Edie Sedgwick is one of those names from the 1960s that evokes tragedy and waste, and with ample reason. That's my girl? Doubtless, it's all pretend, but Sedgwick as a role model is as "off" as this father's ideas of paternal discretion -- which, he further explodes, if anyone is still monitoring flatlining modes of "sensibility," by including a link to his partly disrobed daughter's Instagram account!
Cohen was taken to Twitter-task by various and sundry, almost as if some memories of behaviorial standards were out there flickering. What really rises to the level of weird, though, is how this Father of Today responded with not a second thought in his head, or even the instinct to duck. No, he got obstreperous.
To be sure, Cohen mainly resisted replying to hundreds of comments, but after one commenter tagged the picture as pornographic, Cohen responded: "Jealous?"
Sigh. Once upon a time ... oh, skip it.