Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States and First Lady Melania Trump will attend the official opening of the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum on July 4, 2018 Independence Day in anticipation of his completing two successful terms of “making America Great Again” by January 21, 2021. Also, in attendance will all the “very best” and “high quality” people who have made and will make this possible – Michael Flynn, Reince Priebus, Hope Hicks, Steve Bannon, James Comey, Sean Spitzer, H. R. McMaster, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Rob Porter, Tom Price, Anthony Scaramucci, Sally Yates, Carl Icahn, Sebastian Gorka, Omerosa Manigault Newman, John Dowd, Marc Kasowitz, Ty Cobb and others yet to be named and fired.
Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and putative heart throb, will launch the festivities with a traditional smashing of a bottle of brother Eric’s Trump Winery Blanc de Blanc 2012 against the Library steps. Attendance records, projected to be far greater than those of the 2017 Inauguration, will be certified and verified by Sean Spitzer followed by dubious play-by-play radio and television coverage – not fake news – hosted by Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The Presidential Library and Museum near Palm Beach, Florida is equidistant from Mar-A-Lago, President Trump’s Southern White House and the Trump International Golf Club, his weekend recreation spot of choice both with easy access to the Everglades, the Florida swamp that substitutes for the yet-to-be drained Washington swamp close by the White House that is close and dear to the hearts and minds of this Administration.
The Library and Museum is being financed solely by private contributions voluntarily and freely made without any implied benefit of promises or favor or the support of the National Archives and the United States Government. It is operated by an independent foundation chaired by Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump without oversight of any sort – federal, state, local – or even a modicum of morals restraint. Of the many contributors and benefactors of the Library most notable are Goldman Sachs, the National Rifle Association, Robert Mercer [Renaissance Technologies], Sheldon Adelson [Las Vegas Sands], Linda McMahon [World Wrestling], Peter Thiel [Palantir], Walt Disney Company and a number of Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh oligarchs and their companies – Gazprom, Lukoil, Rosneft and KazakhOil.
Constructed with rare imported Carrara and Sienna Marbles at a cost of nearly $1 billion Dollars the overall architecture of the Library is in the style of classical Greek architecture borrowing many ideas from the “Parthenon in Athens and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus”. The Library’s roof is supported by many carved pillars on the longer front logia and façade with additional columns shoring the shorter sides – proving yet again that much more is better. The Library features two pediments: The Eastern pediment depicts Donald Trump’s historic “huge”, “tremendous”, “terrific” victory in the Republican Primary Debate against sixteen [sixteen, count them, yes sixteen] “weak”, “stupid”, “losers” and “morons” while the Western pediment features a richly detailed centauromachy, the monumental battle between a righteous centaur [Trump] and a failed human [Hillary “Lock Her Up” Clinton] with the centaur triumphant.
The Library’s classical and somewhat austere façade bellies the intricate interior that is a cornucopia of the gilding, marbling, stucco arabesque, painted vault and ceilings, trompe-l’oeil trades – “elegance and perfection” as defined by Angelo Donghia, canonized as “The Saint Laurent of Sofas”. Recessed ceilings with Greco-Roman allegory frescoes – Zeus, Athena, Poseidon and Eros – have been constructed and painted just to produce “spectacular effects of light and shade”. Double pilasters, colossal pilasters and pillar colonnades radiating from the double height and width silver plated Swarovski beveled crystal front door portals which lead the visitor into the interior.
The Library and Museum, in a marked departure from past presidential archives and records efforts, will not preserve President Trump’s official records and personal papers. Hopefully these will be lost and ultimately discarded. The only paper records to be maintained and available for public scrutiny will be the many Executive Orders signed with felt pen flourish and the few pieces of legislation actually enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President. The Library’s Board of Directors is of the opinion that paper records, or for that matter any record is no longer relevant in today’s cycle of fake news.
However, the Library will maintain and have available for electronic view every “tweet” President Trump has made while in office and every interview that he has had with the Fox News Channel. The Library’s Make America Great Again Auditorium will feature a never ending twenty-four-hour cycle of President Trump’s best pre- and post-election campaign speeches while the Museum will feature many of the First Lady’s notable outfits.
The Donald J. Trump Presidential Library and Museum will not be open to the general public. Tickets for scheduled visits may be purchased online or through Ticketmaster.com.
Deyan Ranko Brashich is a contributor writing from New York. He is the author of Letters from America, Contrary Views and Dispatches. His contact and blog “Contrary Views” is at www.deyanbrashich.com