I do not think I have seen or witnessed anything like that before in my not exactly short journalistic life. Which is good.
That I have to watch a US-President act this way, is extremely disturbing. Which is bad.
Vintery, mintery, cutery, corn,
Apple seed and apple thorn;
Wire, briar, limber lock,
Three geese in a flock.
One flew east,
And one flew west,
And one flew over the cuckoo’s nest.
I have the impression of watching a play, something made up to entertain us. A moronic sitcom perhaps. Or a cheap burlesque show. A caricature of a president performing some kind of theatre, weird and absurd. But there is no dénouement, no punch line. Just this bizarre guy pretending to »run the country« trying to humiliate a TV-reporter doing his job.
That afterwards the press secretary of the man claiming to be the president of the Unites States of America spreads the lie that the reporter had »put his hands on a young woman« appears to me like an unsolicited and equally disturbing encore to this remarkable performance in the »capital of the free world«.
On a sidenote: I feel a little sorry for that young woman, playing an underpart. »Intern at the White House« always makes for a good laugh anyway. But now, for the rest of her life, she will be »that girl from that press conference«.
And there was more to remember.