Tag Archives: JFK

President Trump Should NOT Have Been Permitted To Hold A Dinner At Ever So Historic ‘Mount Vernon’.

by Anura Guruge

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Google “JFK Mount Vernon” for lots of stuff about this historic dinner — way back in 1961.

There has to be limits. It is bad enough that he is in the White House, but to let him desecrate lovely, historic ‘Mount Vernon‘. That is bad, that is sad.

While the ‘State Dinner’ is at the White House on Tuesday, all of us who know history knows what he is trying to emulate. JFK’s famous State Dinner at ‘Mount Vernon’.

I did not know JFK, but I do know that ‘Donald Trump is NO JFK‘ — other than possibly in one department, and even there I am sure that JFK was better and far classier.

I am a loyal Brit and this bothers ME! I have only been to ‘Mount Vernon’ once, 20-years ago, but I was greatly impressed. Amazing place.

The notion of Trump’s obese self lording it up at ‘Mount Vernon’ makes me feel sad.


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by Anura Guruge

Poor John Lennon, Of ‘The Beatles’, Was Murdered This Day, 37-Years Ago; December 8, 1980.

by Anura Guruge

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They say that people remember when they were when they heard that President John K. Kennedy had been shot on November 22, 1963. I do too. I was in Ceylon, all of 10-years old. My adoptive father got a phone call. I don’t know from whom. Then he came and sat down and said: ‘President Kennedy had been shot‘.

I was 27-years old when John Lennon got killed. I remember that more graphically.

We, and by that I mean MOST Brits living in Great Britain at the time, did not hear about the tragic shooting until the next day, Tuesday, December 9, 1980. That was because the shooting took place in New York at 10:50pm U.S. Eastern Time. It was already Tuesday morning in Britain.

I heard the news, that totally shattered me, on my company car radio, around 8am, while seated in traffic, in north London trying to get to work at ITT in Cockfosters. I can still see it in my mind’s eye. Me sitting in traffic. Yet another damp, dark, dreary December morning. It was all shades of grey and brown. I sat there in shock.

Wow. 37-years ago.

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by Anura Guruge

Complete Video Of President Barack Obama Receiving The Kennedy ‘Profile In Courage Award’, May 7, 2017 — With James Taylor.

by Anura Guruge

This is the FULL COVERAGE video, including the opening musical segment by James Taylor (starting at around the 38 minute mark).

Obama’s 30 minute speech starts at ~ 1:13:58 mark; i.e., one hour thirteen minutes into it.

Good ceremony. Haven’t watched all of it. But, saw bits.


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Obama, Ahead Of RNC Convention, In Lt. Col. Kettles’ Award Ceremony, Shows Trump What ‘Presidential’ MEANS.

by Anura Guruge


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This was a COMMAND PERFORMANCE of what it means to be ‘Presidential‘.

President Obama, as ever, was eloquent, empathetic, ‘even-keeled’, humorous and engaging. Wow. He has been in exceptional form the last couple of weeks …

I didn’t get to watch all of this brilliantly orchestrated “Medal of Honor” ceremony since I was out running. But what I saw was piquant. So refreshing after all the never ending turmoil of late.

Such a contrast with Trump. There is NEVER, EVER even a hint of anger and contempt. It reminded me why 9 years ago I started actively campaigning for Barack Hussein Obama II.

We, the WORLD, is going to miss these masterful orations. In my opinion he is up there with JFK and Lincoln!

The medal recipient, Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles is also QUITE the man. A genuine hero. It was a good distraction from the Convention and Baton Rouge

by Anura Guruge