Seth Meyers has been on vacation for the past two weeks. It used to be that things were rather quiet in Washington DC at the end of August, but, of course, nothing is normal with our current president, and the end of summer has been packed with stories about, and tweets from, the craziest kid in Crazytown, little Donnie. I wondered how Meyers could stand missing every nutty bit, but being a late-night host has to be exhausting in this era, and I am glad Meyers and the other network hosts had some much-needed time away.
Meyers returned Tuesday night and he jumped right into the latest from the nation’s capital.
The last 48 hours of news have been taken up with details from journalist Bob Woodward‘s new book, Fear: Trump In The White House, already making waves ahead of its release on September 11. POTUS claims it is based on “lies and phony sources” and the White House branded it a bunch of “fabricated stories…to make the president look bad”.
My favorite bit from the book so far is General John Kelly, Chief of Staff, reportedly saying:
“We’re in Crazytown. I don’t know why any of us are here! It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything…”
Kelly’s predecessor, Reinhold Richard “Reince” Priebus describes the president’s bedroom, where he watches hours of cable news and writes his furious tweets, as “the devil’s workshop”. Priebus, who was forced to resign, reportedly described the position as “the worst job I’ve ever had”.
While a young reporter for The Washington Post in 1972, Woodward teamed up with Carl Bernstein; the two did much of the original news reporting on the Watergate Scandal. These scandals led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. The work of Woodward and Bernstein has been called the single greatest reporting effort of all time. Woodward is portrayed by Robert Redford in All The President’s Men (1976), J. T. Walsh in Wired (1989), and Julian Morris in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House (2017).
Woodward has continued to work for The Washington Post after his reporting on Watergate. He has since written 18 books on American politics, 12 of them top best-sellers.
Stephen Colbert, also fresh from two week off, also weighed in on his show, Late Show With Stephen Colbert:
“Today The Washington Post has released some of Bob Woodward’s exposé of the Trump administration, Fear, a book named after the emotion Trump feels whenever he sees a book.”