Goodbye 44 – Hello 45

Well, there you have it. The 44th president is gone and the 45th president is enshrined in office.

I have to congratulate those responsible for the inauguration (and related events). Seldom have I seen complex events go off so seamlessly and without a hitch, even to placing a huge secret service man in front of Hillary to shield her reactions from the eyes of the cameras.

The media was on their best behavior too, even CNN. Of course, that may have been in part because Trump suggested they could be barred from press briefings in the future. Suddenly they are very pro-Trump.

Some people were critical of President Trump’s acceptance speech in which he promised to undo much of what the prior administrations had done, and with them sitting right there. I think for him to have done less would have watered down what he has been saying for months. (It was interesting that Obama said to him, “Good Job” after the speech.) It proved to everyone that he is committed and serious and will not back off. Isn’t that commitment and grit what caused millions of people to vote for him? In reality, it was simply a summary of his agenda, which is what that speech should be about. It was also an affirmation that “political correctness” is a thing of the past. Say what you mean and do what you say will likely be the new order in the White House.

There were a few demonstrators and a few of those got out of hand and started looting and fighting. kudos to the law enforcement in stopping it before it became another Ferguson or Detroit scene. Again the media didn’t give the protesters a lot of air time and for that, we should be grateful.

The only other shameful circumstance was the three dozen or so elected Democrats that refused to attend the inauguration. All that did was show their true colors and prove they are not interested in unifying a much-fractured country. Shame, shame.

The icing on the cake, if you will, is that the Obama’s are now vacationing on their own dime, not on our tax money. One has to wonder if their vacations in the coming 8 years will cost $78,000,000 like they did over the past 8 years when we were paying for them.

So, now what of Hillary Clinton? Best guess I’ve heard is that she will run for mayor of NYC, one of her strongholds. NYC has the potential to be a treasure trove for graft almost equal to Chicago and Detroit which have become legendary. I’m not suggesting she would exploit that potential, of course, just a passing note.


Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent
KEN is a 46 year veteran hotelier and entrepreneur. Formerly owned two hotels, an advertising agency, a wholesale tour company, a POS company, a leasing company, and a hotel management company. The hotels included chain owned, franchises, and independents. They ranged in type from small luxury inns, to limited service properties, to large convention hotels and resorts. After retiring he authored a book, “So Many Hotels, So Little Time” in which he relates what life is like behind the scenes for a hotel manager. Ken operated more that 100 hotels and resorts in the US and Caribbean and formed eight companies. He is a firm believer that senior management should share their knowledge and experience with the next generation of management.

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