I have of late been taking more interest in American Politics since Mr Trump lost the election and his incitement to riot speech and all the other rather bizarre events of recent times.
Yesterday I saw that President Biden was going to Milwaukee to take part in a CNN “town hall” which seems to be an American way of saying he is going to be interviewed by a CNN reporter in a theatre, the interviewer was to be Anderson Cooper.
Now, I’m a lover of trivia and having looked up Anderson Cooper I can reveal that his father was Wyatt Emory Cooper who was an author, screenwriter and actor, his mother however was none other than Gloria Vanderbilt who amongst many things was a artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress and socialite, although I imagine my American readers may be aware of these facts already.
During the course of the interview which he seemed to have made a decent fist of with answers for all the questions asked, except the one about about the former President, to which his answer was, “I am tired of talking about Donald Trump,” which seems quite the right answer to me.
I was watching the news in the UK as President Biden was leaving for the event so I was delighted to see him out and about the next day and in good health, my concern for his well-being was sparked by my recollection of the last time an American President visited a theatre on 14th April 1865 which ended in tears.
On this occasion the dastardly John Wilkes Booth crept into the box where Abraham Lincoln was watching a farce called Our American Cousin which was written by English dramatist Tom Taylor, which caused the President much amusement, that is up to the point where Booth took out his derringer pistol and shot the poor President in the back of the head.
The President died the next day and a Nation mourned, an event I was very glad to see that wasn’t repeated with the current President, not the least of which because it would have caused the regurgitation of the joke which asks the wife of the deceased President; “beside that Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?”