In a tweet on Sunday morning, President Trump slyly insinuated that Democrats were full of hypocrisy by pointing out the personal security enjoyed by his predecessor in the White House.
“President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound,” he wrote. “I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!”
According to The New York Post, the Obamas “bought the 8,200-square-foot mansion for $8.1 million in 2017.”
“They made a number of renovations to the property at the time,” writes the Post. “Including the wall.”
And like Trump said, good for them. As they say in the high-end neighborhoods of Washington, “good walls make for good neighbors.”
No reason why we shouldn’t take a similar approach with our neighbors to the south.
Oh, speaking of the wall, outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly did an interview with the Los Angeles Times this weekend, stirring up some controversy with his candid remarks about the last couple of years inside the White House. Among his revelations: That Trump had long-since given up the idea of a “wall.”
“To be honest, it’s not a wall,” Kelly said. “The president still says ‘wall’ — oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.”
This inspired Trump to say on Twitter: “An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media. Some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through (thereby making it possible to see what is happening on both sides). Makes sense to me!”
It seems like we’re getting into the semantic weeds at this point. Whether the wall is made out of concrete, steel, flexible plastic, or Nerf, we really don’t care as long as it gets the job done.