I could not bring myself to watch the vice presidential debates last night. Could not, could not.
But imagining the breakfast table conversations this morning in Born-Again households across the nation does make me giggle: It sat on his head for a full two minutes! Was that fly… SATAN????? And what about that red eye?
Meanwhile Trump, who has always been an asshole, has metamorphosed into a complete raving lunatic.
Live! From the Rose Garden! It’s the guy who hits every point in the clinical definition of full-blown manic psychosis and yet still has his hand on the nuclear button (unless his handlers have wised up, which we better all pray they have):
It's a cure. For me, I walked in, I didn't feel good, a short 24 hours later I was feeling great, I wanted to get out of the hospital. And that's what I want for everybody. I want everybody to be given the same treatment as your president because I feel great, I feel like perfect. So I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it.
This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it, I heard about this drug, I said let me take it, it was my suggestion. Let me take it… they gave me Regeneron, it's called Regeneron, and other things too, but I think this was the key. But they gave me Regeneron and it was like unbelievable…
And I'm going to make it free. You're not going to pay for it. It wasn't your fault that this happened, it was China's fault. And China's going to pay a big price what they've done to this country, China's going to pay a big price what they've done to the world. This is China's fault and just remember that.
Our military is doing the distribution - it's called logistics - and they deliver hundreds of thousands of troops in a matter of days, this is easy stuff for them.
And the drug companies have just made a lot of it.
You're going to get better, you're going to get better fast, just like I did. So again a blessing in disguise, good luck.
In other words, he’s just like Jesus! Suffering so that you can get cured!
Just so you know.
These are deeply nutty ravings.
And the fact that 40% of the U.S. still plans to vote for him is an excellent argument against democracy.
Just as an added note: He’s feeling “perfect” because of the dexamethasone not because of the Regeneron. Euphoria is a known side effect of steroids, and dexamethasone is classified as a strong, long-acting steroid.
In other news, I have a new ESL student. Her name’s Nafisa. She’s a doctor from Sudan. She passed the clinical portion of the ECFMG exam but flunked the spoken and written English portions of the test. She wants to retake the exam in three months.
I rolled my eyes when I first heard that—but actually, after working with her for a few hours, I believe she may be able to. She’s very, very smart, but more than that, she’s quick. And her husband and kids only speak English in their home.
The first lesson on Zoom was kinda dorky, so now we are meeting at the Literacy Connections site behind plexiglass shields, slathering ourselves every two seconds with disinfectant.
“You can’t learn to write unless you read,” I told her and bought her a copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn—a corny book, true, but one of my go-to’s: I deeply love it.
I also bought her a copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, which is the best grammar book evah!
Nafisa’s fun. We giggle a lot.