I’m sure everyone has heard by now that Sean Spicer appeared on the Emmy’s this week. He’s also appeared on several late night shows in an obvious attempt to rehabilitate his image. People are furious about this. People are so mad, I almost didn’t write this post. I’m one of the people who thought his appearance at the Emmy’s was very funny and I don’t have a problem with them inviting him. Things are very tense in the world right now. We have nuclear threats, hurricanes, Nazi’s, etc. People are angry. People are sad. This is the time we need humor. I need humor in bad times. At my mom’s funeral, I took a picture of my niece’s kid in a car seat near the garbage and talked about(and posted on Facebook) how sad it was that someone would throw away a perfectly good Guatemalan child. Humor helps people in bad times. I thought this was funny.
As far as Spicer being allowed to do things that rehabilitate his image – I also think this is OK. I realize that people don’t like him. He lied. He berated the press. He said Hitler didn’t gas people. He had a really bad job and didn’t do it well. Does all of this mean he should not be allowed to try to rehabilitate his image? I don’t think so. Public figures have done this for years. They do bad things and then spend a lot of time and effort trying to fix their image. It’s an American tradition. I was looking to find examples of this and read an article about Nixon’s post-presidential life. I found this quote from Bill Clinton:
“May the day of judging President Nixon on anything less than his entire life and career come to a close.”
I don’t know what Spicer’s entire life will be. Maybe he won’t do anything to wipe away the 6 months he lied for Trump, but feel like he should get an opportunity.