PALM BEACH – I was there at Mar-a-Lago Thursday night when Gen. Qassem Souleimani got his 72 virgins. After the Air strikes.
Presidents Trump’s demeanor as he ate dinner with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy at the same time assorted body parts of the world’s leading terrorist (and those of his top coat-holders) were assuming room temperature at Baghdad International Airport.
Donald Trump was cool, calm and collected. Everything seemed under control. No drama, no yelling, no chest-beating or saber-rattling. No speeches.
Interestingly, it was just POTUS and the congressman from California dining by themselves at a deuce in the Mar-a-Lago dining room.
Nothing at all like an old Hollywood movie about Armageddon — say, “Dr. Strangelove” or “Seven Days in May” or “Thirteen Days.”
On that faithful day, it was about 9 o’clock. A warm idyllic evening in south Florida. I was leaving after dinner (seafood risotto) when the president noticed me and casually called me over and introduced me to McCarthy.
“Howie knows a lot about Elizabeth Warren,” he said, and then we started talking about her decline in the polls. I mentioned the rise of Bernie Sanders.
“Can he win New Hampshire?” the president asked.
“I think he’s ahead now,” I said. The president looked thoughtful. He glanced from me to McCarthy.
“Who’d be better to run against?” he asked. “Bernie or Biden?”
“Bernie!” we both answered.
Again, I’m not bringing this up for any other reason than to show how uneventful the evening seemed.
If the president was anxious or nervous about the air strikes he had just ordered, he was surely hiding it well.