Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Condition of employment? ScaryMucho is out!

Ten days ago President Trump hired a new communications director. Surprising to many, the new director, Anthony Scaramucci (known here as ScaryMucho) reported directly to the President and not to the then Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus. Shortly thereafter Priebus was cashiered and then replaced by Gen. John Kelly.

Now ScaryMucho has been removed, apparently (Scriber thinks) as a condition of employment requested by Kelly. Here are snippets from the NY Times’ story. Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role.

Mr. Trump was initially pleased by Mr. Scaramucci’s harsh remarks, directed at Mr. Priebus and Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist. But over the weekend, after speaking with his family and Mr. Kelly, the president began to see the brash actions of his subordinate as a political liability and potential embarrassment, according to two people familiar with his thinking.

You know, even the biggest bozo on the block would understand that the White House is not merely a set from some reality TV show. And the Presidency of the United States does not exist for the purposes of entertaining said bozo. Kelly might well be able to turn that around.

The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci became public as Mr. Kelly, who replaced Mr. Priebus as the top adviser in the White House, began his first day in charge of the White House staff. He told aides gathered in early-morning staff meetings that he intended to impose a new sense of order and operational discipline that had been absent under his predecessor.

But the firing of ScaryMucho might have reverberations in other sectors of our economy.

ScaryMucho firing triggers comedy industry march on White House

New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz describes the effect on the industry in Comedians Protest Anthony Scaramucci’s Ouster.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Thousands of angry comedians protested outside the White House on Monday afternoon, demanding the immediate reinstatement of the ousted communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

Chanting “Bring back Mooch,” the irate funnymen and funnywomen argued that the abrupt removal of Scaramucci was akin to taking the food out of their families’ mouths.

Industry estimates had projected that Scaramucci’s presence on the White House staff would generate between four and five billion dollars for the comedy industry this year alone, a windfall that has now been erased.

Buddy Schlantz, the owner of the Bethesda, Maryland, comedy club known as the Laff Pagoda, travelled to the White House to protest what he called “a direct assault on the comedy community.”

“Most comics I know are in a state of shock,” he said. “Years from now, comedians will be asking each other, ‘Where were you when you found out that Scaramucci was canned?’ ”

Tracy Klugian, a comedian who described herself as “furious” about Scaramucci’s departure, said that she and her fellow-comedians were demanding that Donald J. Trump appoint a replacement who is acceptable to the comedy industry.

“Unless he picks someone of the order of Gary Busey or Snooki, it’s going to get ugly,” she said.

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