LETTER: Columnist could have been at Cabinet meeting

To the editor:

“Never has there been a president — with few exceptions — who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than I have.”

With breath-taking chutzpah, thus began the White House Cabinet meeting of June 12. And it just kept rolling around the big table.

“The greatest privilege of my life…,” intoned the vice president, who has just hired legal counsel to protect his backside during ongoing investigations.

“We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda,” chirped Reince Priebus, the chief of staff who is just trying to keep his head low.

The scene evoked was that of two dozen squirming, grunting puppies, all wrestling and vying to see who could insert those wet muzzles the furthest into the…ah…cavity at the head of the table. A cabinet meeting fit for Pyongyang.

I may have spied an empty seat near the table. Was it for Robert Lee? Perhaps he was working on his June 17 column and was running late. If so, that piece atoned for his absence from this meeting.

Maybe Mr. Lee caught a late flight on the plane once occupied by William Shatner’s character in “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet” on Rod Serling’s original “Twilight Zone.” Peering out of the same window, Mr. Lee evidently kept seeing Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, Schumer, a few quisling Republicans, and members of the rabid liberal media jumping gleefully on the wing instead of Shatner’s creature.

Maybe, a la Bobby and Pam Ewing following an especially forgettable season of the old “Dallas” TV series, Mr. Lee and the rest of us will awaken in November to find the 2016 election turned out differently, and the past year has simply been a fitful nightmare.

Maybe. Nah. Only on TV.

Douglas Smith