Washington journalists and political onlookers took to Memorial Day much as they would any other day. They flooded Twitter with the gamut of occasionally entertaining and mind-numbing commentary. Some felt some need to lecture their peers, while others had serious matters to address — in one case, a decision to quit drinking, which was later praised by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. Here we offer 11 ways in which the writers and political types reacted to Memorial Day. Who did it well and who has major room for improvement next year?
A sicky on Memorial Day Weekend sees the glass half full: Shop till you drop!
“You know what you can do a lot of while you’re home sick in bed for 3 days? Online shopping. You can do a lot of online shopping.” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.
Troops. What troops? This is my anniversary.
“Memorial Day 2004 I made a decision that changed my life. I haven’t had a drink since.” — GOProud Co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.
Short, sweet and just right.
“Thank you. #MemorialDay.” — NBC’s Kasie Hunt.
Who better to salute the troops than Sherri Shepherd?
“Thank you to all the veterans who have defended our freedom. And thank you to all military personnel who sacrifice daily. God bless you.” — ABC “The View’s” Co-host Sherri Shepherd, who took a brief break from oversharing to thank the troops.
Reality sets in. The weekend is not a break from murder, wildfires.
“Twelve people were shot in four days over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.” — The Baltimore Sun.
“Surging wildfire forced more than 1,000 people, including Memorial Day campers, to evacuate the mountains of California’s Santa Barbara.” — NBC’s Al Roker.
How thoughtful. The Lecturer.
“#MemorialDay: Enjoy the holiday, but take a moment to remember the reason behind it.” — Chicago Book Editor Beth Renaldi, who often has a thing or two to say about Washington politics and journalists. Thank God she reminded us what the day is really about.
The instigator and would-be weatherman tries to incite the progressives.
“It’s 46º (really cold) and snowing in New York on Memorial Day – tell the so-called ‘scientists’ that we want global warming right now!” — Donald Trump.
Fun in the sun!
“Having fun in Chris and April’s pool over the Memorial Day holiday with @DexterVonFrisch.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch. Dexter, his dog, won FBDC’s DogBowl 2011 as the cutest dog in Washington.
But, unfortunately, it’s not all fun and swimming with adorable dogs.
“I officially live in the Ghetto, local store robbed, my pool didn’t open on memorial day and the air condition is broke, shall I name names?” — DC’s answer to paparazzi, Marky Mark, a.k.a. Celebrity photographer Mark Wilkins.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture. Clearly, I won the day.
“I spent Memorial Day with @TeamRubicon, fighting the battle of SW 7th St in Moore, Okla.” — TIME‘s Joe Klein. Read all about it here.
Rounding out Memorial Day on a gay note.
“Standout lead performances from Michael Douglas & Matt Damon in the Liberace biopic light up HBO’s #BehindtheCandelabra.” — Miami Herald feature writer Howard Cohen.