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Jan 23rd - 11:25am | Raphael
I agree with your point, but the apology was not for the mockery, but for being "mistaken"
Jan 23rd - 11:24am | Raphael
I would be somewhat ok if they apologized for being impolitic. But they apologized for being "mistaken", when they were 100% correct. That's disturbing.
Jan 22nd - 20:30pm | Rick B.
And Variety mentions the Neilsens:http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/donald-trump-inauguration-ratings-30-6-m...
Jan 22nd - 16:30pm | Lee Dalton
It's interesting to note that the ew.com article itself belies what Spicer and Trump are claiming.
Jan 22nd - 14:46pm | ecbuck
Jan 22nd - 13:58pm | Rick B.
You are right to a degree this once, Eric. He sent his press secretary out to lie on his behalf. You must be so proud.
Jan 22nd - 13:36pm | Sara
For two decades, it has been NPS policy not to make official statements regarding crowd size on the National Mall. Didn't this tweet violate this policy?
Jan 22nd - 12:56pm | ecbuck
this all simply matches his established pattern Yet he didn't tweet a word about the NPS post. But go ahead, keep building up your boogy man. Its going to be fun watching you whine the next 8 years.
Jan 22nd - 12:52pm | Rick B.
Rebecca - this all simply matches his established pattern of thin skinned kneejerk twitter responses to the slightest insult, or more often to published and verifiable facts that he doesn't like. Scary time for the whole world.
Jan 22nd - 12:30pm | ecbuck
Rebecca, how do you know it was Trump that go "hot and bothered" and not some manager in the NPS or DOI who knew how inappropriate that tweet was coming from an official NPS account?
Jan 22nd - 12:12pm | Rebecca Latson ...
Eye roll. I agree with Gary Wilson. I find it concerning that our new president of the United States has such a thin skin that he lets a photo ruin his day (and that's all it was - a piece of history). If I got all hot and bothered by every troll who didn't like one of my photos or who didn't like a post I put on my Facebook page, I'd be a sorry case, indeed.
Jan 22nd - 09:08am | Mega
This whole thing was based on fake news. The photo with less people was taken way before the time of the speech. Learn the facts before falling for fake news.
Jan 21st - 22:05pm | rmackie
Must agree Gary, history is history. The private sector has a responsibility to its shareholders and hopefully to its employees and customers. The public sector to all citizens. Big difference. Interestingly enough, the public sector bailed out both the financial institutions and automotive companies just a few short years ago.
Jan 21st - 21:22pm | Jon
It was incredibly stupid to tweet that out. Talk about pulling the tiger's tail.... NPS needs all the help it can get. Getting off on the wrong foot with the White House is oblivious at best, cunnivingly insuborinate at worst. "The employee regrets his lack of judgement." - Letter in eOPF, hopefully.
Jan 21st - 20:18pm | ecbuck
Good point Tomi.
Jan 21st - 19:00pm | tominantarctica
It's obvious that the government isn't run like a corporation. It would have been bankrupt years ago. Oh...wait....
Jan 23rd - 11:10am | d-2
Well Lee Dalton, you are right about Reality TV. But for a government agency, the parks punch way above their weight. Whenever there is a Govt shutdown, you see parks on TV.
Jan 23rd - 10:28am | trailadvocate
My wish list is for IRAN to give back those plane loads of Gold and International Currencies (Billions) that the previous POTUS sent over under cover of darkness and without Congress authorizing, to NPS. Great idea, no? All they're using it for is to kill Americans, Jews and share power in Syria with that nasty Putin. Trumps's friend, right. LOL.
Jan 23rd - 10:11am | Eugene H. Edwards
d-2 You are absolutely Mr. Sunshine. So you think adding Stonegate was a great idea or a plum for the New York congressman?
Jan 22nd - 21:22pm | Lee Dalton
Many good points there, d2. Especially the idea of leading with exciting ideas. But these days, exciting ideas have to compete with Reality TV and big sporting events to meet the short attention spans of too many Americans.
Jan 22nd - 20:34pm | Rick B.
I would suggest that the Administration, and the President, tell the truth. For a change. It is hard to work on expectations with a pathological liar in charge.
Jan 22nd - 20:08pm | d-2
Come on, people. Where is the thrill? Why no sense of uplift? There is no vision in this piece. Who writes this stuff? Who possibly is the audience? It is so full of jargon, foggy outcomes. Read just about any sentence.
Jan 22nd - 18:52pm | Eugene H. Edwards
Stop adding additional units untill original parks are in better shape. New units only eat away at the current budget pie. It is like Radio Shack when going bankrupt saying "Lets open about 30 new stores, that should help the problem."
Jan 22nd - 17:43pm | Lee Dalton
Perhaps, but $20 million divided among the denizens of Congress might attract some attention.
Jan 22nd - 17:03pm | ecbuck
Well I was thinking the Payee would be the NPS. I seen no evidence that anyone has changed a vote for a $100 check.
Jan 22nd - 16:39pm | Lee Dalton
"About 20 million signatures on $100 checks. Every year." Yeah, that just might buy the services of enough inhabitants of Congress to get them to listen. Maybe.
Jan 22nd - 16:36pm | ecbuck
About 20 million signatures on $100 checks. Every year.
Jan 22nd - 16:05pm | Christina
how many signatures would it require from the American public?
Jan 22nd - 16:03pm | Harryb3570
I agree with Megaera, This is a wonderful wish list but it will never happen. All we can hope for is to get one or two parts of this list done, That is all.
Jan 22nd - 14:44pm | Megaera
That's lovely. If you think any of it is going to happen under the current administration, I'd love to know what you're smoking so I can have some, too.
Jan 23rd - 10:22am | ecbuck
If your are going to die in Rocky Mountain National Park, driving off the roads is one of the least likely causes. Don't let this article scare you away from a beautiful place. RMNP gets more than 3 million visitors a year. There have been 21 deaths since 2011 and I can't find a single one related to a car accident on Trail Ridge Road.
Jan 23rd - 10:00am | Stan P
I've watched videos of this road. My wife and I will be driving out there this year but we have decided the Trail ridge Road will not be part of our journey. No guard rails and STEEP drop offs, not my cup of tea.
Jan 23rd - 10:21am | Joyce Cory
amazing amount of water flowing into the valley. Closing the Valley to the public was a wise decision. I can imagine there will be much time and effort spent getting the park ready for visitors.
Jan 22nd - 09:57am | JADN
Jan 22nd - 12:49pm | Rick B.
Jan 22nd - 10:46am | justinh
Jan 22nd - 12:48pm | Rick B.
Lee - it is simply their announcement from the start that they are going to follow Orwell's Newspeak, and that everey single thing they say will be open to doubt, if not scorn.
Jan 22nd - 11:21am | Anonymous
I've heard it before when the wolf debate was taking over the northern rockies. Many that were against wolf introduction used the phrase "Probably facts" many of times in the discussion. Meaning, they had no clue, but it's what they assumed, and they wanted you to believe it too.
Jan 22nd - 10:43am | ecbuck
Not sure what it means, Its not new. Its what you have been getting from the left wing press for quite some time.
Jan 22nd - 10:23am | Lee Dalton
I just heard a new phrase that I'm afraid we may hear a lot in the future. When asked about crowd size this morning, Kellyann Conway introduced the term "Alternate Facts." Not sure what it means, but I think we're about to find out.
Jan 22nd - 09:35am | Gary Wilson
Patrick, what's so negative about it? The only thing it showcases is the past two inaugurations from the same camera angle. Just because the current one has a lot less crowds it sure has gotten some of you riled up into a tizzy. Trump also has a lot lower approval ratings going into office than Obama did. So, he has a lot of work to do.
Jan 22nd - 09:06am | Atascadero
I have watched every inaugural since 1977. This one was just as memorable, unless, of course, your memory is of having lost the election, which you still refuse to concede. Yes, Trump is going to very different, starting with his marginalization of the press, which, of course, marginalized him some 18 months ago. There, Mrs. Clinton's sigh on the Capitol steps said it all.
Jan 21st - 22:56pm | Rick B.
The 2.8 [the last I heard] million, as I said in my initial post, referred to his lack of mandate. Not to the electoral college mechanics that gave him a win. NO MANDATE. Not that that will matter to his apologists. Count the noses today, world wide. Count those who showed up for the inauguration.
Jan 21st - 22:48pm | Patrick
The womens march just minimized themselves.
Jan 21st - 22:46pm | Patrick
The government employee does not make negative public comments about the Commander and Chief without some reprecussions. The twit that tweeted is lucky they still have a job.
Jan 21st - 19:00pm | Gary Wilson
Trump is a NEW YORKER!
Jan 21st - 18:06pm | Rick B.
I saw this morning the new White House spokeswhore ws chastizing the press corps for reporting on the meager attendance at the inaugural, and for having the audacity to compare it to the millions who showed up for President Obama. I can't wait to hear how he, and his ilk, try to minimize the worldwide women's marches today.
Jan 21st - 17:38pm | Doug Dolde
The Fuhrer was offended. Thank you
No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System
Jan 21st - 19:16pm | DaraLynn78620
Primary info source https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1563/nocket-sentenced-for-vandalism.htm Glad she didn't get away with it!
Jan 21st - 19:12pm | DaraLynn78620
Update: June 14, 2016 - On Tuesday, Casey Nocket was sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of community service in a Fresno, California, federal court. At her trial, Ms. Nocket pled guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of damaging government property.