The media has had an absolute field day keeping up with the antics of press secretary Sean Spicer. From his daily briefings on both alternative and actual facts to reports of him hiding either "in" or "among" the bushes outside the White House, you never know what to expect from this guy. The only thing more curious about watching Spicer in action is the fear of what he might be doing when we don't see him.
A recent absence from the press room podium certainly raised some eyebrows. But believe it or not, Spicer had a legitimate excuse. He wasn't dealing with a wardrobe malfunction or off someplace sharpening his skills as a revisionist historian. In fact, the man has been a commander in the Navy Reserve working in public affairs since signing on in 1999.
In 2012, Spicer also earned a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval war College. Reportedly, he even has experience working as a media planner. Somehow these accomplishments don't seem to help him much in his current position, though. His recollection of historical events has been so far off-base that lawmakers have even called for his resignation.
If you tuned in while Spicer was fulfilling his military commitment over at the Penatgon, you saw that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the 34-year old daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, handled the press briefings starting on May 5. The feedback was positive earning her praise from the Orange Commander-In-Tweet as well as Spicer himself. “I want to thank Sarah for standing in for me on Friday. She did a great job. I missed you all tremendously,” he said.
The rumors have been flying that any day now Spicer will get a pink slip and that Huckabee Sanders is on the short list to replace him. You've gotta admit that even Trump needs a mouthpiece that knows how to use Google and coordinate his/her wardrobe.
The good news is that the cast and crew over at Saturday Night Live will have an endless supply of material garnering them some of the highest ratings that NBC has seen in decades. If we are going to survive the next four years, we will need many a moment to laugh at these shenanigans just to keep from crying.