Well la di da, Donald.
In my opinion, the so-called financial wizard and real estate guru didnt deserve a dime for his speech. It only lasted about 35 minutes, began 15 minutes late, and it was full of clichés and poorly told stories of Trumps life. My first-grade teacher could have gotten up on the stage to give a better speech about becoming a success (By the way, thank you, Miss Diane). Themes such as, Work hard, have passion; love what you do, and never lose momentum drew a yawn from this onlooker. Hell, Ive been doing that for years. It lives and breathes inside of you. Its common sense. Its life.
It was disappointing to hear that Trump had been picked as the 2004 Student Choice speaker. Is this the person whom kids are really looking up to? For someone being labeled as so sharp and intelligent, Trumps manner was somewhat pompous and Buffalo Bills game-day vulgar (no offense, fans, you should be proud. Trump couldnt last in the party zone for a day, although he reminisced about playing catch with Dan Marino and John Elway here many years before). Trump came off as arrogant, greedy, and addicted to cold, hard cash. Sure, having money is nice, no one is denying that, but Trump couldnt have possibly done more to represent everything that other countries see the United States as being: a complete corporate consumer bastard. Families and businesspeople from all over Western New York came out to see what they probably thought of as an excellent model for their children, and possibly themselves, to aspire to. Someone slick, worldly, talented, and, above all, successful. Ridiculously successful. So successful that he wooed UB into forking over 200k, when he was essentially speaking for free. Im sorry, but I wouldnt want my kid to roll into the business world with ethics such as get even, if they screw you, screw them right back (Ill leave the divorcees out of that one), and dont forget a prenup. The world is never going to get better if mentors are passing on those lessons.
The poor saps probably came out to hear The Donalds tickling tales of being a star on his hit show, The Apprentice. Well, they received none of that until the end, during the Q&A. Trump seemed somewhat exasperated to answer questions about his show, but he did his best to tackle the mystery of Omarosahs character. I believe that I left at that point.
I actually squirmed in my seat, and a good one at that, for most of the time, surprising myself to not feel thoroughly excited to see the stagnant blonde slab of hair and signature pink tie five feet away from me. Trumps speech acted as a catalyst to my cold meds, causing me to space out every so often. I believe that I started drawing farm animals in the margin of my notebook and that I tied to figure out exactly how The Buffalo News photographers camera worked, and why he had to take about 1,000 pictures when I knew that Trump would look the same in all of them. Finally, at around 8:50 p.m., I packed up my gear and sprinted up the Alumni bleachers, hurrying to get to my car because there was another, far more interesting, show on in town that night. Oh yeah, anyone remember the presidential debates? I think that Trumps comments could have made President George Bushs responses sound like Albert Einstein.
By Nicole Schuman
We paid how much for this guy? Id pay to see his toupee set on fire. What a complete ass. What a waste of time. Yes, folks, these are only a few of the comments I heard during and after The Donald Trumps September 30 lecture at the University at Buffalos Alumni Arena. The media juiced up the excitement for the appearance with its acknowledgement of Trumps $200,000 price tag. Stories about the massive payoff appeared in papers such as The Baltimore Sun and USA Today, as well as on ABC and Yahoo! News. If anything, it would be interesting to see The Donalds response to the media mess.