Some readers from the baby boomer generation were fans of Mad magazine -- or, at least, are familiar with it -- and its central character, Alfred E. Neuman, and his signature phrase of “What, me worry?”
Already, artists have had some fun giving Neuman a makeover as President Trump. Funny stuff, right? Politicians have long been subject to satire, and Donald Trump is no exception.
When does the humor turn to concern, though? When do we say, “What, me worry? Yeah, I’m worried right now.”
Sure, presidential transitions hit rough spots, most especially when the transition is from one political party to another, and the American public needs to give some latitude to the incoming commander in chief during such transitions. There is, after all, a good bit of adjusting to be done all across Washington.
Still, there is cause for concern when an immigration ban gets rolled out before the first family moves into the White House, and it turns out the ban might not have been well vetted regarding its constitutionality. There is even more cause for concern when the president’s national security adviser deliberately lies to and misleads the vice president regarding pre-election conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Only when the fire became too large to contain did Michael Flynn resign as national security adviser. Even the resignation came just hours after the president’s counselor, Kellyanne “Buy Ivanka Trump Products” Conway said the boss had full confidence in Flynn. Already there is much speculation that Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, will soon be out like Flynn.
The shakeups, the misfires, the use of private (and unsecured) cellphones by the president -- these and more point to the prospect that the Alfred E. Neuman caricature will come to represent America and not only will the signature phrase “What, me worry?” be attached to it, but the answer “Hell, yes!” will as well.