According to the New Yorker, Ivanka Trump was “born with a silver spoon in her mouth” and has “patrician” looks. I read this and said what? She is neither an aristocrat nor patrician, she is merely rich! How can the New Yorker, of all publications, misuse these terms so? I thought my attitude might be all too condescending so I asked the Aged One, 92: Wouldn’t George H.W. Bush, for instance, with his 17th century New England roots, be aristocratic in a way Ivanka Trump can never be? The Aged One, 92, said yes, and confirmed that it was indeed scandalous that the New Yorker, of all publications, would not see this. He said I should write them a letter. I do not have time to compose the said letter but perhaps I could simply send them this post.
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Merely rich? Reminds me of my aunt saying that Nixon was just a social climber.
Right, that’s the kind of thing my mother said about Nixon and his ilk.