I'm old enough to remember when the POTUS wasn't a constant source of international embarrassment. Trump offered advice no one asked for about the burning of Notre Dame; and now we have to hear about what an ignorant boob he is.
“Everything would have collapsed,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Bernier, a fire chief who speaks for the national civil defence organisation and who described the suggestion as “risible”.It's not that his comment was stupid (it was); it's that officials in the countries affected by catastrophe and the President's stupid observations, have to take so much time and effort to respond to them; because, after all, the POTUS (whoever he is) has to be taken seriously.
Releasing even one load from a Canadair water bomber used to fight forest fires on Notre-Dame would be “the equivalent of dropping three tonnes of concrete at 250 kilometres per hour (155mph)” on the ancient monument.
“It would have been like bowling with the cathedral… the two towers might have fallen.
“It was technically impossible, undoable and most of all would have been utterly useless” to douse the flames from the air, Bernier added.
In fact, dropping a 6,300-litre (1,664-gallon) load from a Canadair water bomber would have put the lives of firefighters and anyone in the area at risk, he added.
“Neighbouring buildings would have been hit by flying blocks of hot stone, and the whole area would have had to be evacuated.”
With more than 500 firefighters already at the scene — many within the building — that would have been impossible.
Even using a helicopter to drop 1,500 litres of water would have left only the towers standing, Bernier insisted.
“The nave would have collapsed, the flying buttresses would have gone,” he said.
“If a plane had been used the whole of the structure might have tumbled.”
For how much longer?
Which makes this all the more interesting:
Trump, who was millionaire thanks to his dad by the time he was three, says Omar, a refugee from Somalia, doesn’t “know about life.” https://t.co/RdANXqKsV8— Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) April 16, 2019
"We don’t know whether Trump wants to see harm befall Omar. But we do know that the possibility that his hateful and dishonest attacks might make that more likely does not trouble him sufficiently to dissuade him from them."https://t.co/Stwthsffmq— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 16, 2019
Trump just confirmed this: https://t.co/X4GqC4tapQ
A thrice-married man with a penthouse apartment guilded in actual gold & a private plane with his name on it thinks a working mother who was duly elected by her peers to be a public servant “doesn’t understand real life.”— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) April 16, 2019
Shame on him. He knows what he’s doing & he doesn’t care. https://t.co/hZadzN2SwU