In ‘Meine Fantastische Präsidentschaft’, the king of fake news gets a dose of his own medicine.
You might know actor Alec Baldwin for his role playing a slimy, bollocks-talking ’90s businessman in the film Glengarry Glen Ross. But, more recently, Baldwin has become known for his impersonation of another slimy, bollocks-talking ’90s businessman. Namely: Donald Trump.
His series of Saturday Night Live sketches saw him transform, heart and soul (if such things are possible with the man in question), into America’s 45th President, Donald Trump. These videos have since been watched by tens of millions on YouTube.
Art, life… who knows who’s imitating who these days?
Baldwin has since taken his version of Trump, teamed up with writer Kurt Andersen, and created the book ‘You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)‘. This book has now been lovingly translated and released auf Deutsch by C.H.Beck as ‘Meine fantastische Präsidentschaft: Die echte (NO FAKE!) Wahrheit über mich‘.
Written by ‘Trump’ himself, in his own words, it tells the story of the run-up to the 2016 elections, his subsequent victory and then his first year in power as President of the United States of America. And how does Trump sound in German, you ask? A little like this: “Ich hatte ein unfassbar tolles Wochenende im Südlichen weißen Haus, ein wirklich herausragendes, fantastisches und auch unheimlich erfolgreiches Wochenende”. It’s convincing.
A glimpse into that glowing orb of hate.
It’s an easy read for German learners – especially considering @realDonaldTrump’s own scribbles have a reading age befitting a 10-year-old (fact!) – and the writers have done an excellent job in emulating every aspect of Trump’s ‘unique’ style… So don’t expect to need your copy of Duden on-hand to read this.
The book is a stream-of-consciousness parade of egotistical ramblings and self-aggrandisement (naturally), where targets – advisors, congress members, chief strategists and generals (plus the odd German Bundeskanzlerin) – pass in and out of Trump’s gaze, fall victim to his wrath and then get (in Trump’s mind anyway) resigned to the history books for good. He was destined to be President. Everything he does or thinks is brilliant. And anyone who argues is Fake News.
A gold-plated toilet book.
Is the book funny? Yes. Is it really funny? Well, that’s a hard question to answer. Because… the writers really reached under that silken comb-over and climbed so far into that glowing orb of hate that to answer this question you have to ask yourself: is Trump really funny?
The answer is no. Trump’s mildly funny. Like someone getting stung on their arse by a bee, or a ‘Mind the Step’ sign in a place where there isn’t a step. If this book was laugh-out-loud funny, it’d be giving Trump too much credit.
Considering the book is 220 pages long – which is the same length as around 1500 Trump tweets – it’s not something you’d whack out in a few sessions. Instead, it’s broken down into short chapters (more rants than chapters) and punctuated with graphics, arresting headlines and the occasional photograph of Alec Baldwin in his Trump character doing Trumpy things (straining on his gold-plated toilet, for example).
For this reason, it’s a great book dip in and out of, have a chuckle here and there, practice your German if you need to, and try to dissipate the feeling of sickness you get when you remember that this guy is actually the ‘Most Powerful Man in the World’.
Outside of that, it’s a fine piece of political satire and a credible glimpse into the mind of one of the 21st Century’s most divisive (and dotardic) figures.
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Translation by Stephan Kleiner.
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