Dennis and the Dictator

Dennis and the Dictator

Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman in 2001. IMAGE CREDIT: huangweiqing / Walter Huang [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
I took some heat from my co-host Vicky Davis, on a recent edition of Govern America, when I suggested that former NBA star Dennis Rodman should accompany President Trump when he meets with Kim Jong Un at their historic summit on June 12th in Singapore. As I recall, Vicky kind of laughed at me and said, “oh, come on!”

To give credit where it’s due, it was actually syndicated comic strip artist, Scott Adams’ idea. He is the man who draws the popular Dilbert comic, which appears in newspapers around the country. It turns out that Adams is very active on Periscope, and that is where I saw him make the suggestion. As soon as I heard it, knowing that Rodman has traveled to North Korea, repeatedly, for visits, and what a huge fan Kim Jong Un is of Rodman’s, I thought the idea was brilliant!

Vicky wasn’t too impressed, however. And in her defense, given Rodman’s history of bizarre antics, the odd clothing and behavior, it can be difficult for many of us more conservative people to take him seriously as a diplomat. Even so, I defended the idea, providing a little background on the friendship between the two, and how it might at least be a good ice breaker, to start things off on a positive mood. After all, it doesn’t really matter what we think of him; all that matters, is what Kim thinks of him, and he’s a huge fan.

Today, I smiled when I learned that Rodman has announced that he will be traveling to Singapore to offer his assistance in any way he can to his two “friends”, Donald Trump, and Kim Jong Un.

To be fair, the White House is denying that Rodman was officially invited to be a part of the talks. Hence, it doesn’t appear that Rodman will be traveling there as a part of any official delegation. But who really knows?

The fact that he’ll be nearby, ready and willing to help mediate, could come in handy — even if it weren’t, as the president claims, officially planned.

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