There are a couple of things to talk about this morning with this election.
One of them is probably really important but NO ONE is talking about it.
Why – because Donald Trump stole the thunder and once again shaped and controlled the media narrative.
He completely overshadowed Hillary Clinton’s speech at the American Legion in Cincinnati, which put Clinton on the defensive, having to respond to Trump who at the same time was garnering media attention on a world stage.
“You don’t build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon. You do it by putting in the slow, hard work of building relationships.”
That may indeed by true, but no sooner than Clinton had finished her speech it was forgotten about.
The cameras and the focus turned to Donald Trump who swooped in, at the invitation of Mexico’s President, Enrique Peńa Nieto, to hold a statesman like meeting together in Mexico City, Mexico.
There was live coverage on every cable network of Trump’s whereabouts and time of arrival.
What would he say?
How would he act?
Would he say something outlandish?
Would he and President Nieto clash on a world stage?
Then, this happened:
“It is a great honor to be invited by you Mr. President, a great, great honor. We had a great, direct and constructive exchange of ideas over quite a period of time.”
It appeared as though Trump had pulled it off.
Not only had he managed to upstage Hillary Clinton, but he had managed to go into an advisory’s territory and come out unscathed.
That was until the two men took questions from the press.
The first one being, who would pay for that infamous wall?
“We did discuss the wall. We didn’t discuss payment of the wall. That’ll be for a later date. This was a very preliminary meeting. I think it was an excellent meeting.”
For his signature policy, the one that had garnered him so much attention – building a wall that Mexico would pay for – he had not even bothered to discuss it with the man who would have to sign the check.
The CEO of the Clinton campaign tweeted out that Trump had chocked.
And to add insult to injury, President Nieto tweeted out that he had indeed discussed with Trump that Mexico would not pay for the wall.
Clinton’s CEO updated his tweet adding Trump had not only choked but got beat in the room and lied about it.
Trump later stood by his comment that they hadn’t discussed.
We may never know the truth about what actually happened but like it or not you have to concede that Donald Trump won the battle in the war on optics and looking presidential.
At the end of the day, and at the beginning, it’s the photo ops that matter.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look at your morning paper.