“Laughter is the best medicine,” according to the old saying.
The United Nations yesterday prescribed a hearty dose of medicine to president Trump, after he made the audacious claim that his administration “has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”
Hoots, howls and guffaws erupted from the audience of global leaders. C'mon, Donald! Tell us another.
And for a moment, the ever-scowling tweeter-in-chief broke into a smile. “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” said Trump. Who was that guy?
In that ever-so-brief period of time, Trump appeared human, one with the audience. They understood that it's all smoke and mirrors when it comes to Trump. The leader of the free world was outed on the world's biggest stage.
Perhaps due to respect for the Office of the US President, the UN audience held back the laughs, when the always-boastful-one, tried out this gem:
"Our economy is the envy right now of the world. We're the fastest-growing economy in the world. Think of it. As large as we are, we're the fastest-growing economy in the world, up $10 trillion."
The New York Times shot that down, reporting that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development rated the US the No. 8 fastest-growing economy during the second quarter among its 36 member countries and nine other economies.
The US grew at a 4.1 percent clip during the second-quarter, trailing China (6.7 percent) and India (8.2 percent).
While many in the audience that laughed at the US president are hardly advocates for democracy, their laughter brought to mind a quote from John Cleese of Monty Python fame.
“Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force of democracy,” said Cleese.
After two years of Trump, the US could use a couple of laughs.