Retreat is a time honored tradition on American military bases. It is played at the end of the duty day as the flag at the post headquarters is lowered. When the bugle notes sound all outdoor activities stop and everyone faces the direction of the flag as it is lowered. Even those driving cars are expected to stop and respectfully face the flag while those in uniform salute.
You would expect a President so preoccupied with others respecting the flag would know this and welcome the opportunity to honor the tradition. Nope. Instead, in an outdoor interview with Hannity on Fox News, President Trump ignored the bugle call, before cracking some jokes about it. Trump asked Hannity “are they playing that for you or for me?” before declaring to the crowd that they were playing it honor of Hannity’s ratings. As the notes continued to sound, and the flag was slowly lowered at the Harrisburg Air National Guard Base Headquarters, Trump returned to shamelessly bragging about his economic numbers. Watch it for yourself.
This is not really that hard. Comedian Robin Williams, interrupted in mid-performance by the calling of Retreat, handled it with grace, dignity and of course, great humor after it was over.
There you go Mr. President, it can be done. The guy who brought us Mork knew what to do.
I would be the first to say that this is a non-issue but for the President making others supposedly not respecting the flag a huge issue. He’s perfectly willing to call others sons of bitches and make legal threats against the entire NFL for not respecting the flag as he thinks custom demands.
This is just another sad case of the President of the United States holding others to standards he won’t keep for himself.