Here’s an incomplete list of some impressive acts by the men who have held the American presidency: Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory, Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Teddy Roosevelt built the Panama Canal, FDR ushered in the New Deal, Kennedy launched the Apollo Program, and Donald J. Trump looked directly at the sun.
But which of these is the most impressive thing a president has ever done? A case could be made for them all. Jefferson gave this country land to grow, Lincoln established freedom for all, Roosevelt ushered in American capitalist hegemony, FDR saved the nation from economic catastrophe, Kennedy sought to prove American exceptionalism and succeeded, and Trump looked directly at the sun.
It’s gotta be Trump’s, right? No man has ever taken on the sun and won, until yesterday. The president stared at the sun until it went dark. How’s that for manliness? That is the ultimate test of strength, defeating the glowing orb that provides for all of Earth.
Noted Trump fan and conservative pundit Tucker Carlson certainly agrees. Better than Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, FDR, and Kennedy, is Trump.
Said Carlson, “He looked directly at the sun without any glasses, perhaps the most impressive thing a president has ever done.“
Now, part of the problem with Carlson is that he drapes himself in the thinnest bit of self-satire, such that he can brush off any criticism of his words by saying they were clearly hyperbolic or obviously a joke.
So does he really think this? Probably not. But he sure as heck said it.