Drainage Issues With Melania’s Rose Garden Are a Metaphor for the Trump Presidency
I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden.
It was just 3 weeks ago that America’s most disinterested First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the newly renovated White House Rose Garden, and like most Trump reveals, it was met with anger and confusion.
First, there was the cognitive dissonance of renovating a garden while America is struggling with multiple crises, an out-of-touch move that led to “Melania Antoinette” trending on social media. And then there was the renovation itself, which saw the colorful and vibrant rose garden stripped of its history and made to look like straight up garbage.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) August 22, 2020
But now, in classic Trump fashion, the hideous new garden is undergoing a second renovation, thanks to mistakes made during the first one. According to sources at the scene, the garden renovation created “issues with water drainage” and “some minor complications with updated construction.”
Instead of holding press conferences in the rose garden, Trump has been forced to seek other venues at and away from the White House, and the drainage issues were so severe that during Melania’s RNC speech, the muddied garden had to be covered with a turf lawn.
I can think of no more apt metaphor for the Trump presidency than this one: the destruction of a beautiful and beloved piece of American history, made ugly and non-functioning by the Trumps’ interference. Truly, this family ruins everything they get their greedy hands on. How ironic that the president who sells himself as a real estate kingpin can’t even build a functioning garden.
Many people took to social media to call out the rose garden mess, and how it perfectly illustrates Trump’s ability to ruin everything he touches, like a reverse King Midas:
The garden is cursed because Melania had Jackie’s roses removed. They removed all of the colored rose bushes and left only the white ones. Symbolic much? Newly renovated Rose Garden under repair less than 3 weeks after unveilinghttps://t.co/vnw1oYiv9O
— Eileen Zucker Noga, Ph.D. (@Stellablue9) September 8, 2020
Like everything else they’re successful & great at! 🤣https://t.co/29t1NU43JR
— Rose PArsons (@lilstuffParsons) September 8, 2020
Rose Garden undergoing further renovation for drainage issues. (True!) Apparently they need to drain the swamp. https://t.co/3DZlKiceXd
— Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player (@michaellevine2) September 8, 2020
These people literally cannot do anything.https://t.co/fFKjVadlWC
— Rokey *Wear a Mask* 🇺🇸 BidenHarris2020 (@rokeypdx) September 8, 2020
It’s a metaphor https://t.co/0GA97EaizK
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) September 8, 2020
— WomenForBidenHarris (@Women4Biden) September 8, 2020
Shoddy workmanship done too quick just for show. What a surprise from the Trumps. https://t.co/jHAWyvBda6
— Missy McMurray (@diamonddarling) September 8, 2020
What happens when you don’t pay your contractors
Newly renovated Rose Garden now under repair – CNNPolitics https://t.co/mv47MV1rmG
— Winneker (@CraigWinneker) September 8, 2020
(via CNN, image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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