If it’s Friday, it’s time for “My Week in Tweets”… Hope you enjoy another walk through my personal feed, annotated with a fair amount of “shade.”
April 2 - April 8, 2021
- Friday, April 2nd -
The vibe is a bit different from his predecessor. https://t.co/PwB7rJZe31— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 2, 2021
Click the Tweet link to see the video, but let’s just say that I can’t imagine #45 giving credit where credit is due, rather than to his own ego. What’s so remarkable about this exchange was that before the last four years, no one would have found it remarkable because it’s basically how presidents were supposed to respond. Now, we take note. Hopefully we can return to a world where we just expect it.
- Saturday, April 3rd -
So they’re serving Diet Pepsi at Mar-a-Lago?— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 4, 2021
So here’s the deal, Trump says he wants to boycott Coke and other companies that had the temerity to call out the evils of voter suppression after Georgia passed its rightfully vilified laws (which are all based on the Big Lie that there was widespread voter fraud in 2020). But Trump often, well, lies. Do we really think he has given up his favorite drink of Diet Coke, in favor of Diet Pepsi? Or that he would deny his fat cat friends at his club their choice of soda? No disrespect to Diet Pepsi, but…
I’m happy to report "Operation Chocolate Bunny" has been a success. Thank you to all who reached out with suggestions in my hour of need. I want to recognize the wonderful ideas and urge everyone to shop locally, whether it’s for Easter delights or anything else you may need.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 3, 2021
I found myself in quite a jam last week —one that only chocolate would solve. The Rather household was preparing to celebrate Easter Sunday and there was nary a chocolate bunny in sight. After asking for help in finding some in Austin, the outpouring of support and ideas was frankly overwhelming. I got what I was looking for, and there were too many good options. It’s a reminder of the vibrant local businesses that deserve and need our support.
- Sunday, April 4th -
This is a time of hope, of rebirth, but also of reflection - a determination to use our efforts in the service of helping others, especially those suffering and in need. We nurture a spirit of optimism and resolve, embracing the beauty of life. Happy Easter to all who celebrate.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 4, 2021
I loved this Easter story, so I wanted to share it with all of you. More than the impeccable and colorful outfits (not to mention the hats!), it’s Ms. Wimberly’s eyes and smile that inspire. https://t.co/nsjrII2VhQ— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 4, 2021
A pair of tweets for Easter Sunday. I wanted to share a sense of hope after a difficult year, but also recognize the struggles we have and continue to endure. I was also looking for an uplifting story to share. And then I came across this one. Wow. A tip of the Stetson to La Verne Ford Wimberly for your fashion sense and just being an inspiration.
- Monday, April 5th -
When did the definition of "bipartisanship" become some version of Charlie Brown begging Lucy not to take away the football? pic.twitter.com/Uk9HiYeoan— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 5, 2021
I live by the maxim that anytime you can reference Peanuts is a good time on Twitter. The meme of Lucy pulling away the football has been around a lot longer than there have been memes. I grant you it may be overused, but so are self-serving and cynical appeals to “bipartisanship” when what people really mean is obstructionism.
Watching the talented athletes battle in an exciting women’s hoops title game I couldn’t agree more with this article. Congratulations to all who are redefining outdated definitions of the possible. https://t.co/jvqAJVnLEG— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 5, 2021
Women sports deserve a lot more respect. Duh! This article struck me because it does seem like it could be a growth business.
- Tuesday, April 6th -
Watching the back and forth between the White House press corps and the deft @PressSec Jen Psaki reminds me of when that was my daily beat. I miss it sometimes. Would be fun to find my way back to the briefing room again the future.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 6, 2021
So this got a bit more of a reaction than I expected. Thank you for all the kind words about my time covering the White House. As a bit of backstory, I first met Ms. Psaki in 2008 when she was working for the Obama team and I was covering a campaign swing through Pennsylvania during the primaries. I knew then she was going places. And as someone who’s been a lot of places, I might find my way back to the White House. We’ll see. As a follow up, I got a lovely response from Ms. Psaki.
Let’s be honest. Mitch McConnell doesn’t want corporations to “stay out of politics.” He just doesn’t want them telling the truth about what he and his allies are doing. He doesn’t want big business to bet on the future. He wants them supporting the injustices of the past.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 6, 2021
Don’t have much more to add on this one. I think the tweet speaks for itself, as do Senator McConnell’s actions.
- Wednesday, April 7th -
The International Space Station passing between the Earth and Moon traveling at 27,600 km/h (17,100 mph) from amateur astronomer Alexandru Barbovschi. pic.twitter.com/07on9WNn46— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) April 6, 2021
What more to say to this video other than, WOW? Where to begin? The awe-inspiring moon? The idea of humans out in space? The evocative image of a silhouetted spacecraft? The eye and camera of an amateur astronomer capturing the moment? It was one of those moments that causes you to pause, reflect, and realize that some things are just far out —literally and figuratively.
- Thursday, April 8th -
We can all benefit from ducking into a local bookstore more often. https://t.co/381ZPfgKse— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 8, 2021
When you mix a bookstore with a fine feathered friend, how can you not love it? This video from Rediscovered Books simply “quacked” me up and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to retweet and share with others. A reminder: when it comes to supporting local bookstores, let’s not wing it. They’re a big part of what unites us and deserve encouragement, support, and our foot traffic, whether those feet are webbed or human.
Well, that’s a walk through my Twitter week. I hope you enjoyed it.