“I Yam What I Yam!”

A comic-strip character, Popeye, created in 1929, was once one of the most popular images in America.  He went on to be portrayed in animated films and television cartoons. In 1980 Robin Williams stared in a movie by the same name.

Popeye was a big-forearmed, squinting sailor who sported a pipe and mumbled.His tag line was “I Yam What I Yam!”

He was essentially a peaceful, somewhat dim but surprisingly intuitive and  innovative figure enamored of skinny, squeaky Olive Oyl, his would-be girlfriend and pushed around by behemoth-y Bluto.

But we, attentive children, all knew that eventually Popeye would fight back.

However, first there was a certain ritual.

Popeye had to get thwarted, even assaulted as the tension built.

Finally, to our great relief, he would pop open a can of spinach!

(A nutrition lesson for young children)

Then, he would wind up his missile-like forearm and “Pow!” He would send the bad guys into the next frame!

We squealed with delight!

Popeye was a hero!

Olive Oyl would sidle up to him and they would touch, cheek to cheek.

Sigh.

Trump reminds me of Popeye (if Popeye and been a billionaire real estate developer with his own private plane, hit TV program, best selling book).

He lets MSNBC, CNN twist themselves into knots over his latest tweets.

They get hours of programming.

(As of July 28, 2018, MSNBC devoted 500 segments to sex worker, Stormy Daniels. http://observer.com/2018/07/msnbc-stormy-daniels-yemen/)

His supporters watch with anticipation, concern and even anger.

When is Trump going to fight back?

Then, finally, after what seems like weeks or months , he lowers the boom and sends his enemies scurrying.

His modus operandi answer the question of why he has let the Mueller investigation continue.

The extraordinary costs (millions), the absence of evidence (any small town state attorney would have moved on a long time ago) have frustrated large numbers of Americans.

But a strange phenomenon has occured.

As more and more people become aware of the  Dem/DOJ/FBI coordinated conspiracy to defeat and then unseat Trump, his poll numbers have risen.

Before the Democrats realized what was going on his minority approval rating reached 36 percent. Minorities are the Dems’ bread and butter. But seeing the highest minority employment rate in history, more money in their pockets and recognizing discrimination and persecution when they see it, millions have moved over to Trump.

The Mueller investigation has become anticlimactic.

Trump’s spinach was the Deal and the Deal was to let the opposition reveal itself.

In the end, as facts were disproven, hyperbole deflated, his critics wound up painting themselves into a corner with no place to go.

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her book. FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019.
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