Mick Mulvaney is one of the worst…if not the worst… directors of the Office of Management and Budget. Last year I even created The Mulvaney Award for ultimate federal budget hypocrisy and nonsense.
That’s why it wasn’t all that surprising when, Politico quoted Mulvaney saying that the military parade President Donald Trump cancelled because of its new and much, much higher estimated price wasn’t actually cancelled because of the soaring cost.
According to Politico, Mulvaney said he would have been in the room when the decision was made had it just been about the money.
First, Trump himself tweeted Friday that the parade was cancelled just because of its cost. His tweet came after a number of news outlets reported the new $92 million projection and Trump even cited the District of Columbia’s reimbursement request. In other words, cost indeed was the reason it was cancelled.
The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018
Second, Mulvaney’s words about not being in the room when Trump made the decision to cancel (Given that the tweet was posted at 7:57 am EDT that was probably Trump’s bedroom) the parade sounds way too much like one of the top songs from the mega-hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” to be ignored.
That song, “The Room Where It Happens,” is about Aaron Burr lamenting not being in the room where Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were making key decisions about several very high-profile issues.
Mulvaney sounds just like Burr did in the show. Different issue; same lament.
For a little more context about how Mulvaney’s statement was so much like that song, check out the clip below.
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