Everyday, or perhaps every hour, there is another “WTF [INSERT EMOJI]” moment that comes as a result of what the President does, says, or Tweets. Here’s another: According to Bloomberg, the President wants to change the colors of Air Force One from my favorite baby blue. The President said, “It’s going to be the top of the line, the top in the world, and it’s going be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”
Why is that color any more appropriate than the current combination? There’s a grace and elegance of Air Force One in its subtle colors. The current Air Force One doesn’t try to impose its will on nations when it lands on foreign soil. It is gentle and unassuming. This is the direct opposite of the stereotype of the ugly American tourist who is obnoxious, irreverent, and most certainly has a pair of American flag Budweiser board shorts.
No one knows why the President feels it is necessary to change the colors of Air Force One. I have a few theories. The first is so it can look more like his ugly Trump plane, in an attempt to further blur the lines of what belongs to him and what belongs to the people of this country. Hopefully he doesn’t use his hideous font on the new Air Force One. The second explanation is that he doesn’t know that we already have a patriotic airline. If the President wants to fly red, white, and blue and boast that he is an American, just fly American! Though personally, I would fly Cathay using my AAdvantage miles. Does that make me unpatriotic? Lastly, the President’s obsession with our nation’s colors comes from his obsession with the flag. The President has tried to take the symbol of America and the colors that make up that symbol, not to unite, but to divide. He is trying to do the same with the plane. “Don’t like the new paint job? You’re being un-American. For too long we’ve been laughed at by foreign leaders of Uruguay, Argentina, and the unrecognized Republic of Anguilla (Pronounced an-GILL-a by Mr. President) for flying under their colors!”
The situation is far too real to be unbelievable. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, independent, or part of the blind mob, we should all agree that Air Force One is already perfect. We don’t have to make it not great for the first time.