Good morning Austin:
Well, there you have it ladies and gentleman.
Ted and Heidi and Caroline and Catherine Cruz, and Joe the kindergarten class stuffed giraffe, had dinner with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump last night at the White House.
And that’s about all we know.
No tweets from the president.
No photo from the White House.
No pool report, except this, in advance of the dinner yesterday, from Real Clear Politics’ Alex Simendinger.
The president remained hidden from POOLers’ view Wednesday. Still on his schedule this evening: dinner in the residence with the first lady and Sen. & Mrs. Ted Cruz.
Oh to have been a fly on that wall.
I mean considering their history, this was like Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly stopping by for a nosh.
As I wrote yesterday:
The dinner, Cruz said, came at the president’s invitation and demonstrates just how far their complicated and often venomous relationship has come since a bitter primary rivalry — which included an extraordinary exchange of tweets about their wives and ended with Cruz, on the last day of his campaign, saying, “I will tell you, as the father of two young girls, the idea of our daughters coming home and repeating any word that man says horrifies me.”
But Cruz eventually endorsed Trump, campaigned for him and has emerged as a booster of the president’s agenda in the Senate.
Las week, I recounted Cruz’s earlier animus to Trump in a First Reading: Who’s bat-crap crazy now? Or how Ted Cruz learned to stop worrying and love The Donald.
If you want more details take a look at yesterday’s Fix in the Washington Post: Donald Trump is having dinner with Ted and Heidi Cruz. Here are nine things that might make it awkward.
At the daily White House press briefing yesterday, Sean Spicer was asked whether President Trump might take the opportunity to apologize to Heid Cruz for a tweet – what else – comparing her looks unfavorably with his wife’s.
I guess not.
So, in the absence of any actual information, we are left to imagine how last night’s dinner might have gone.
For those who have started watching Feud: Bette and Joan,one can only hope that dinner did not begin with the president casually remarking, “You know, Ted, there are rats in the White House basement.”
We would know by now if If Ted had gone all Michael Corleone on the president in retribution for Trump’s blood libel against Cruz’s father, Rafael.
I also don’t see our senator doing what Uncle Junior did at Sunday dinner here, disparaging the Big Guy’s small hands. (Who knew that was such a thing.)
Considering all the brain power at the table, the conversation could have taken an intellectual turn.
Or, it’s quite possible that Cruz broke the ice with a little Princess Bride.
Or he might have riffed on how in the world that meme about him being the Zodiac Killer ever took hold.
I do truly believe that a good meal can seize the spirit …
And melt the heart.
As Spicer noted, last month, Trump had Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife over for dinner.
Little Marco – the inspiration for what had to be Trump’s most fully realized pieces of performance art in the primary campaign, at a rally in Fort Worth.
The only comparable performance was Trump’s takedown of Ben Carson in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
And now Ben Carson is Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development..
And they make a fuss about Lincoln’s Team of Rivals.
Here was Carson addressing his new department a few days ago.
BEN CARSON: That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder, for less.
But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.
That is one optimistic slave, who chained in the bottom of a slave ship dreams that one day – maybe a century from now – a great Civil War will emancipate his great-great-grandchildren, and then, another century after that, a president from Texas will see to it that those great-great grandchildren’s great-great-grandchildren will actually be able to exercise their right to vote.
Where is Dave Chappelle when you need him?
But this is what happens when a bunch of political neophytes are running the show.
On the other hand, if you want to see how it’s supposed to be done, go to a pro.
Here is Rick Perry speaking to his new department last Friday.
Dr. Carson. President Trump. Watch (beginning a little after the 3-minute mark) and learn.
My lifetime dream was to be a veterinarian. From a very young age I knew I wanted to go to school at Texas A&M. And I wanted to be a veterinarian. And organic chemistry made a pilot out of me.
Getting to be able to come to this agency is an extraordinary journey for me. I still get reminded on a regular basis about something I couldn’t remember in a debate about this agency.
Hey, President Trump, when are you having Rick and Anita over for dinner?