Topic category: Partisan Politics
Donald Trump Was Politically Incorrect, Yet Right, About Carly Fiorina's Face
The predictable media message after last night's debate among eleven Republican presidential hopefuls is that Carly Fiorina put Donald Trump in his place for cruel marks about her face.
While Rolling Stone was following Trump around, Trump reportedly said: "“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
During last night's debate, Fiorina said: “You know, it’s interesting to me, Mr. Trump said that he heard Mr. Bush very clearly, and what Mr. Bush said. I think women all over this country heard what Mr. Trump said.”
Trump's response: “I think she’s got a beautiful face and I think that she’s a beautiful woman.”
Trump's original remarks about Fiorina's face are much better appreciated after watching Fiorina's face during the three-hour debate.
Trump was not opining on whether the 61 year old Fiorina's face reminded him of faces of Miss Universe winners.
Trump wasn't talking about Fiorina's complexion.
Trump wasn't talking about Fiorina's cheek bones.
Trump was opining on whether Fiorina's face was the kind of face Americans want in their President.
That's what Trump said.
Trump didn't say Fiorina's face is ugly, but he surely suggested it is off-putting and, as usual, he had a point.
Trump was talking about Fiorina's facial expression.
Trump's comment was not politically correct, to be sure, but it was NOT baseless.
Fiorina's facial expression often is displeasing.
Blogger Scott Adams astutely commented before the debate (blog.dilbert.com/post/128776840091/trump-engineers-a-linguistic-kill-shot-for-fiorina#ixzz3lMRi0p56):
"... I’m going to come right out and agree that Fiorina’s face was bothering me. But I never would have voiced that opinion without Trump going first because it sounds terrible. I wouldn’t want to be associated with the thought. [Note to Outragists: The first sentence in this paragraph is the one to take out of context. You are welcome.]
When I say Fiorina’s face bothers me, I am not referring to her looks in general. She looks fit, stylish, and attractive to me. But she does have what I call the angry wife face when she talks politics. Guys, you know the face, which is usually paired with a tone of disapproval. It is your greatest nightmare. It is the face that says you did not do a good job, at whatever."
During the debate, Fiorina's dour, even hostile, facial expression never called to mind the sunny disposition of President Ronald Reagan, or the playful wit of President John F. Kennedy, or even the upbeat dispositions of "Happy Warrior" Democrat presidential candidates Al Smith or Hubert Humphrey.
Fiorina appears dour or hostile, and Americans want a cheerful President.
To be sure, there are understandable reasons for Fiorina's lack of cheerfulness.
Fiorina herself said it was not "God's plan" for her to deliver any children.
Fiorina's business career was highly lucrative for her, but ended badly.
"In 2004, HP fell dramatically short of its predicted third-quarter earnings, and Fiorina fired three executives during a 5 AM telephone call. In early January 2005, the Hewlett-Packard board of directors discussed with Fiorina a list of issues that the board had regarding the company's performance and disappointing earning reports. The board proposed a plan to shift her authority to HP division heads, which Fiorina resisted. A week after the meeting, the confidential plan was leaked to the Wall Street Journal. Less than a month later, the board brought back Tom Perkins and forced Fiorina to resign as chair and chief executive officer of the company.
"The company's stock jumped on news of her departure, adding almost three billion dollars to the value of HP in a single day."
"Under the company's agreement with Fiorina, which was characterized as a golden parachute by Time magazine, and Yahoo! Fiorina was awarded a severance package valued at US$21 million which consisted of 2.5 times her annual salary plus bonus and the balance from accelerated vesting of stock options..... According to Fortune magazine, Fiorina collected over US$100 million in compensation during her short tenure at HP."
Fiorina's talent for accumulating great personal wealth did not immune her from personal tragedies.
Fiorina acquired a couple of step daughters when she remarried and one of them died in 2009 at 35 after struggling with alcoholism, substance abuse and bulimina.
On February 20, 2009, Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Next, Fiorina quickly pursued high political office, albeit unsuccessfully.
In 2010, Fiorina ran in California for the United States Senate. Apparenly her chemotherapy had made her braver. She told supporters ,"I have to say that after chemotherapy, Barbara Boxer just isn't that scary anymore."
Then Fiorina lost to Boxer by 10 points.
Fiorina won't achieve her goal of debating Hillary Clinton for the presidency unless she appears to cheer up and assures Americans that she'll do a much better job for them than she did for HP.
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