In keeping with his all too predictable practice of ensuring that he grabs everyone’s attention, billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump, (R), offered helicopter rides to children at the Iowa State Fair, as reported by ABC News on Saturday. Trump made the exclusive offer to the children after making his grand entrance in the same helicopter. When asked if this was just a little “over the top,” Trump replied that to do so is who he is and that “the kids love it” and that it is “good for the kids.”
Unbeknownst to Trump, Hillary Clinton was at the same state fair munching on pork chops and drinking lemonade when Trump made his entrance in his helicopter. When patrons at the fair pointed above to Trump’s chopper and yelled, “Trump, Trump,” Clinton had no response. She either did not see the helicopter or chose to ignore it. When asked for a reaction to the narrowly missed accidental meeting between herself and Trump, Clinton did not respond. The question arises as to whether one or both of the candidates in Election 2016 thought that the other one was honing in on their scheduled event in preparation for the long awaited Iowa Caucus; but this author will leave that to his readers to decide.
The original purpose of state fairs in America was to promote agriculture, celebrate winning agricultural competitors, and to display the latest farm equipment and educate citizens on how to use the equipment. As America became more urban and big cities began to emerge, carnivals and rides were added to the state fairs. The first state fair was in Syracuse, New York in 1841 and it continues to this day with an annual attendance of over 1.1 million people.
The question arises as to how helicopter rides play any role in a state fair that is supposed to be devoted to agriculture. Perhaps helicopter rides could be justified as just another ride like a ferris wheel or roller coaster; however, those rides are not nearly as noisy or wind producing as helicopters. One can only wonder what effect the excessive noise, wind and dust had on the farm animals. The chopper may not have produced “mad cow disease,” but it most likely did make some cows mad!
It is unknown at this point whether either Trump or Clinton visited the 4-H livestock area where students from all over Iowa display their winning livestock that they have tirelessly raised since birth. This is where the heart of any state fair is, in the hearts, eyes, hopes and dreams of the young people who strive to connect to agriculture by raising cows, lambs, pigs, goats and other farm animals. As a candidate for office, one may not win over that many votes at the 4-H livestock area; but he/she will win over the hearts and passion of the next upcoming generation of Americans. In the final analysis, isn’t that what any election is about: the hopes, dreams and vision of the younger, upcoming generation?
At least one of the livestock animals shared this author’s sentiments, the official butter cow. Perhaps Trump could turn off the whirlybird engines long enough to read the butter cow’s tweet:
“I cannot be trumped. All these people are definitely here to see me!”