GOOD MORNING DC: Baseball should stay out of politics

#GoodMorningDC. Here's the world you are waking up to this Monday morning, April 5, 2021.

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

Good Morning, DC! It's Monday, and a new day of politics is on the horizon. President Biden spent Easter Sunday at Camp David. Easter weekend, however, was filled with the real drama between the Democrats and Republicans, and baseball politics were plunged right in the middle. 

Voter suppression or the election integrity? Unity much? Not happening anytime soon. 

Trump called Americans to boycott everyone who's boycotting the people of Georgia. "Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck," he sent his marching orders. 

Barack Obama had nothing but words of praise for the involvement of national sports in political waters. 

“Congratulations to MLB for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens. There’s no better way for America’s pastime to honor the great Hank Aaron, who always led by example,” the former President tweeted

Leading or not by example, it is for sure an example in using national sports to influence political outcomes, and any time such a thing happened in the history of Europe, it did not turn out well. Politics of consent in the making, made in the USA. 

"We shouldn't apologize for making it easier to vote and hard to cheat," Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said at the press conference. There were times when Brian Kemp was celebrated by the Democrats for standing up to Trump, but once he has served his purpose, his popularity days are gone. 

Biden reinstated Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Affordable healthcare, as it turners out, isn't affordable at all—$500 per month per person for a silver health plan. If you have a family, the costs can quickly go up to $2000 without even seeing a doctor. Why is America, as wealthy as it is, the only country that can't figure out health care? 

Pete Buttigieg took Americans for a ride. Transportation Secretary pedaled off to a Cabinet meeting on his energy-saving bike. It would not have been a problem if he did not pull it out from the back of his black SUV once he got to the White House complex. Fact-checkers followed up with the US Department of Transportation, whose Spokesperson said what we have all seen on tape is just an imagination. 

“He rode his bike to the White House Cabinet meeting and he rode his bike back to DOT after the meeting.” 

All right. If the Spokesperson says it, it must be true, didn’t we learn that lesson by everyone from Sean Spicer to Sarah Sanders?

Matt Gaetz is still the talk of the town as he is under federal sex trafficking probe. 

Across the pond, in the Easter message to Britain, PM Boris Johnson said that there are "brighter days ahead."

Vaccine passports everyone has their opinion on, and after cancel culture is one more topic that is infringing on our freedoms and is deepening partisan lines.

Member of the UK Parliament Andrew Bridgen has a column on the matter this morning in The Pavlovic Today. 

Is the American dream still alive? Watch Undercover Billionaire on Hulu or Discovery + to find out. Hulu also has a WeWork documentary that is taking a hit at Adam Neumann. Interviewees in the documentary, disgruntled employees, and journalists who never built their own business heavily criticized the founder of the community workspace concept, insistently calling it a real-estate company, a company that leases work desks, but whoever sees WeWork only as that is missing the point. WeWork created a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and it had something exceptional and unique even people who were interviewed for the documentary acknowledge that they are missing now.

Hulu's documentary is astonishingly one-sided, failing to recognize that Adam Neumann still built a 9 billion dollar business. Whoever pulls this off in New York City should not be underestimated, and is hardly a charlatan. 

What will Biden do today?

Today, President Biden will deliver remarks on the tradition of Easter at the White House.

At 11:00 AM  The White House COVID-19 Response Team will hold a press briefing. 
At 1:30 PM Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief the press. 

And that's a wrap for this Monday morning, April 5, 2021. Are we moving toward a silver lining yet? Take a deep breath and jump into the April spring waters. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 


 

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