According to the Washington Post, democracy dies in darkness. Apparently, that darkness is illuminated not by responsible reporting, which the paper of Watergate has long since abandoned, but by celebrities. Judging by their coverage of the White House’s Fourth of July celebration, one potent sign of the decline of our great republic can be seen in President Donald Trump’s failure to get really famous people to come perform on the South Lawn.
“Performing at the White House is like a really big deal,” write Helena Andrews-Dyer and Emily Heil. “At least it was during the Obama years, when marquee names lined up to take the hot summer stage on the South Lawn with the Mall’s storied fireworks display going off in the background.
“Big arena acts such as the Killers, Cedric the Entertainer, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae and more have performed at the White House’s barbecue, concert and firework viewing party, which is organized by the USO for more than a thousand military troops and their families,” they remind us. “That was then.”
Now, the bloggers inform us, a bleak cloud has descended over the White House – a cloud under which only the lamest so-called celebrities will deign to perform.
“This year, taking the stage will be . . . two ‘American Idol’ finalists,” they scoff. “As in, not actual winners. Ever heard of Jax? Jonny Brenns? Not ringing a bell? You’re not alone. And there’s also country singer Sara Evans, whose last hit was back when ‘Lost’ was still on the air (that was 2010, for the record, if you can remember that far back). Big-name acts that seemed old hat during the glittery Obama years have yet to warm up to the Trump administration.”
Well, we have to give them credit for the art of understatement, because Hollywood is not likely to “warm up” to the Trump administration next year or the year after that. Hollywood loathes this president and his supporters. And guess what? His supporters don’t care one bit.
If the mark of a successful president is how many A-list celebrities they can get to perform on the White House lawn, then Obama was truly one of the greatest of all time. Unfortunately, that metric is less than trivial. Trump became president despite a wave of hatred from Hollywood, the media, and every other elitist industry on the two coasts. He is a president for THE PEOPLE of the United States, not the glitterati.
Frankly, we love him all the more for it.