President Trump mocked George H.W. Bush’s “thousand points of light” volunteer effort during a campaign rally in Montana, which did not sit well with George W. Bush’s former White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer.
This is so uncalled for. Going after a 94-year-old, former President’s promotion of volunteerism. I don’t mind potus being a fighter. I do mind him being rude. https://t.co/Hr0d20Wuzz
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) July 6, 2018
During a speech in which Trump seemed entirely off-script, he also mocked the #MeToo movement, again joked about the heritage of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and derided the intelligence of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). His apparent issue with George H.W. Bush’s “thousand points of lights” slogan was that it was difficult to comprehend, which is a little bit terrifying when iterated by the actual president of the United States.
The phrase, which Bush repeated during his presidency was initially launched during his inaugural address in 1989:
“I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good.”
It seems pretty straightforward, right? A self-declared genius shouldn’t struggle to understand it.
Trump’s full quote from the rally is reported as:
“And by the way, you know all of the rhetoric: ‘Thousands points of light.’ What the hell was that? What does that mean? I know one thing: ‘Make America Great Again’ we understand. ‘Putting America First’ we understand. ‘Thousand points of light?’ I never got that one. What the hell is that? Has anyone figured that out? It was put out by a Republican.”
Yes, Trump, people have figured out that one. But it’s quite telling that this president hasn’t, nor did he expect that any of his supporters would.