A few days ago, Andrew Sullivan posted this photo from an unidentified reader who claimed to have snapped this at Donald Trump’s old Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago estate. As far as I can tell, the photo was actually lifted and cropped from a blog called A Rolling Crone. The blog (not updated for a a while) is run by a retired journalist by the name of Joan Gage who offered a post on April 4, 2011, Lunch at Mar-a-Lago with The Donald, which happens to be full of wonderful pictures of the place, including said one above. (I have written to Joan, by the way, to see if she minds my using the photo since it’s now everywhere.) In the meantime, it quite a rendition of the man (quite in the sense of kitsch) as he hypes a potential GOP candidacy for the crass purpose of resuscitating his crass TV show.
By the way, I don’t think the corner is unfinished ala Washington’s portrait. I think it’s just the flash. The effect, though, doesn’t go badly with that sky and the sense of heavenly power, potential storm and rays from a deity.
(photo: Joan Gage)