Bob Cesca Show

The Bob Cesca Show Presented By 4/13/17

Bob Cesca
Written by Bob Cesca

RELM_buttonLando Calrissian's Co-pilot: The lovely and talented Jacki Schechner joins us for the hour; We rip apart Trump's horrendous interview with Maria Bartiromo; Chocolate cake and unmanned cruise missiles; Trump is amazed by things; Trump's obsession with wires; The White House plans to kill Obamacare by sabotaging it; Trump lied about troops going into Syria; Rex Tillerson was hired because his name is Rex; Jeffrey Lord says Trump is the MLK of healthcare; and more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, Harry's Razors, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.


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  • Aynwrong

    “On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ~ H. L. Mencken

    I know quoting Mencken is hardly original but it’s what occurs to me every time I hear Trump explaining things.

  • muselet

    Sean Spicer is a boob. He richly deserves to be fired.

    “Can we pinpoint the exact moment when Maria Bartoromo lost her effin’ mind?” I believe that would be the moment when she was told the cameras were rolling and to go ahead with the interview. I said on the blog (quoting myself shamelessly as ever): “Maria Bartiromo alternated between acting like a starstruck teenager and prompting Donald Trump for answers. Egads, what an embarrassment.” I stand by that assessment.

    The chocolate cake (“Ah, the strawberries. That’s … that’s where I had them.”) is, even for Donald Trump, the most irrelevant detail imaginable to obsess over. (No, I tell a lie, the color of Xi Jinping’s necktie would be more irrelevant.) I doubt Xi was particularly impressed by a slab of something that came out of a Duncan Hines box and slathered with something that came out of a Pillsbury container (Trump is a vulgarian, after all, with less-than-refined tastes), but whatever. For Trump, that was the important bit, not remembering which country he ordered strikes on.

    “He truly believes he’s on a reality television show.” Entirely too true.

    On the Clarkson/Hammond/May Top Gear, the question, “How hard could it be?” was always followed by some spectacular, catastrophic failure. So far, the Trump administration is following the Top Gear model perfectly.

    Jacki, Bob’s right. Here’s the Wikipedia article on the subject to prove it.

    “What’s the fastest you’ve gone off the rails on one of these shows?” Wait, what? Rails? There are rails? Why wasn’t I told there were rails?

    Syria is a Russian client state and there are Russian advisers, military and otherwise, all over the damn’ place. Of course the US told Russia ahead of time about the Tomahawk strikes on Syria. That way, nobody starts a nuclear war. (Having said that, I don’t blame anyone for haviing at least some paranoid fantasies. Donald Trump and his administration are unusually cozy with Russia and Russia has designs on reforming the Russian Empire. That’s a distressing set of circumstances.)

    Rex Tillerson is out of his depth and knows it, but his ego won’t let him admit that.

    I wonder if Trump realizes there really is a Central Casting, a company specializing in casting extras—background players—not stars.

    Bob, you have more faith in Trump’s self-awareness than I have. I honestly don’t think he believes he’s colossally unqualified to be president or that he’s in over his head. I think he believes all negative comments about him and his administration are sour grapes from disgruntled Hillary Clinton fans; the people he knows all say good things about him, after all.

    Bob, it’s simpler than that. “There is no American policy when it comes to _____” is a true statement, regardless of however one chooses to fill in the blank.

    The idea that giving TV pundits war boners—apologies for the mental image—makes someone presidential is arrant nonsense promulgated by TV pundits who like having war boners. It’s a bit like calling a schoolyard bully manly.

    Jacki, you’re right: in the past, Trump wouldn’t have made it to the first primary. He would have, rightly, been dismissed as a crude punchline to an unfunny joke. The GOP would have cut him loose quickly, and he would have had the choice of running third-party or just slinking off to drown his sorrows with cremated beef smothered in tomato ketchup (ick). He is simply not presidential.

    Donald Trump has no idea how the world works. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he thought his beloved Samsung Galaxy is just like the cordless telephone in his tacky apartment in Trump Tower, except a little more sophisticated, and would be gobsmacked if he learned it works on radio waves instead.

    An armada is a naval fleet. The US did not dispatch a fleet to the western Pacific, it dispatched a carrier battle group. Big difference.

    It’s kind of hard to ignore someone who has access to the nuclear launch codes.

    Steve Benen yesterday:

    “Obamacare is dead next month if it doesn’t get that money,” Trump said, referring to cost-sharing reductions. “I haven’t made my viewpoint clear yet. I don’t want people to get hurt…. What I think should happen and will happen is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating.”

    In other words, when the president says he doesn’t “want people to get hurt,” he means he will start hurting people by sabotaging the American health care system unless Democrats take steps to satisfy his demands.

    It’s a bit like a criminal who declares, “I don’t want to shoot the hostages, but I haven’t yet received my ransom.”


    According to Trump’s latest comments, he’ll take deliberate steps to undermine Americans’ health security unless Democrats agree to help him undermine Americans’ health security. What incentive would Democratic lawmakers have to participate in such an exercise? None.

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    Benen goes on to explain that Trump is guaranteeing he will be blamed personally for creating a crisis. As John Crichton once said: “That’s your plan? Wile E. Coyote would come up with a better plan than that!”

    Mick Mulvaney is clearly a sadistic sociopath. He clearly likes the idea of the poors and the olds fending for themselves, like in the Good Old Days. Ice floes for everyone! (Paul Ryan, for the record, is no better.)

    “What’s this obsession with screwing poor people?” Simple: healthcare is a zero-sum game. If a poor person gets care for heart disease or diabetes or a job-related injury, that means there’s less care available for the next rich person who gets a hangnail (and *gasp shock horror* that rich person might have to wait a few minutes to be seen). And they’ve sold the public on this notion by hinting (mostly, though some have come right out and said) that it’s those people who are getting the benefits, not people like you and me. *wink wink*

    Jeffrey Lord made his offensive and ahistorical statement out loud and on purpose, then repeated the claim later. Righties doubtless loved the moment, because there’s nothing they like better than to irritate liberals, however that word is defined (that’s what happens when you define yourself by what you oppose instead of by what you support).


  • ProudLiberalAlways

    We’re sending an Armada? What the hell is this, 16th century Spain? I wasn’t aware we went back!! Good God, this man is a complete,fucking MORON!!!

  • ProudLiberalAlways

    Bob, of course it’s happening just this way! If Rump wasn’t flagrantly lying, he’d have NOTHING to say! Because everything he says is a total lie!

  • katanahamon

    Rump et al disrespected President Obama at every opportunity, accusing him of the most outrageously false things, and the real irony of the current situation is that Rump has turned the presidency into exactly what he falsely accused President Obama of..Rump is vacationing, traveling, golfing, spending more money in one year than the previous administration did in eight. The hypocrisy, the lies, the incompetence, the nepotism, why, why, why aren’t journalists outraged, why aren’t everyday people outraged? Have you noticed that Rump takes every opportunity to disrespect President Obama and Hillary Clinton because of his hideous narcissism and wish to hurt them, and his defensiveness about his own incompetence and trying to smear the past administration, desperately trying to make himself look better.

    I feel awful for the South Koreans because the North, at the first provocation, will unload massive amounts of artillery and conventional weapons and make South Korea a wasteland. And for what…because Rump wanted to look like a tough guy. Fucking moron.

  • katanahamon

    When will people become alarmed about Rump and North Korea? After the nuclear weapons fly? Rump has killed..he has now killed and received positive reviews from the media and many members of congress, so guess what? He’s got a taste for killing, he’s going to dive forward into a full scale war, and it seems like everyone is laughing about chocolate cake. Now we know the state of the kitchen at Mar A Lago, turns out it was actually vanilla cake..with extra rat droppings.

    The way Rump talks about missiles so casually shows he doesn’t have a grasp on reality whatsoever. I just don’t understand why there aren’t millions of people surrounding the White House in protest over this total jackass.

  • Badgerite

    Unmanned. Unmanned MISSILES. Go figure.