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With input from a reputable language specialist who has assisted me in the past with quotes from George W. Bush and Dan Quayle, following are translations of some of the more common sayings uttered by our new president.

Trump: “I am worth over $ 10 billion.”

In English: Actually worth about $3.72 billion, per Fortune.com.

Trump: “I’m smart! I don’t pay taxes!”

In English: Greed is good.

Trump: “This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

In English: Boy, are we in trouble!

Trump: “We should greatly strengthen and expand … the U.S’s nuclear weapons capability.”

In English: If that starts a war I’ll blame it on the media.

Trump: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

In English: The intelligence community has uncovered something that I don’t like.

Trump: “I inherited a mess. It’s a mess at home and abroad.”

In English: Someday I’m going to understand this job!

Trump: “I want to end the war on coal.”

In English: Global warming is a hoax.

Trump: “A great spirit of optimism is sweeping … across the country.”

In English: A lot of people are hoping I’m impeached in the next two years.

Trump: “The media are the enemy of the people.”

In English: The media know too much about my inability to understand the issues.

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  • lois eisenberg

    Arnold a fantastic LTE !!

  • Gary Bierend

    Cool translator Arnold. Perhaps you didn’t realize that there’s one of those for democrats as well as republicans, it’s called “Politifact”. You should check it out…unless you prefer just half the facts that is:

    Hillary Clinton: “Back in the Great Recession, when millions of jobs across America hung in the balance, Donald Trump said rescuing the auto industry didn’t really matter very much. He said, and I quote again, ‘Let it go.’ ”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Hillary Clinton: “I am the only candidate who ran in either the Democratic or the Republican primary who said from the very beginning (that) I will not raise taxes on the middle class.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Hillary Clinton: Says, regarding the presence of classified information in her email, FBI Director James “Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Hillary Clinton: “I am the only candidate who ran in either primary who said, ‘I will not raise taxes on the middle class.’”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Hillary Clinton: “I’m the only candidate in the Democratic primary, or actually on either side, who Wall Street financiers and hedge fund managers are actually running ads against.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Hillary Clinton: “I remember landing under sniper fire.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Hillary Clinton: Obama “basically threatened to bomb Pakistan.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: “What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court “is transparent.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: Says Mitt Romney plans to “fire” Big Bird.

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: Says Mitt Romney “backed a bill that outlaws all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: “Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich all say they would cut foreign aid to Israel — and every other country — to zero.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: “What I have done — and this is unprecedented … is I’ve said to each agency … ‘look at regulations that are already on the books and if they don’t make sense, let’s get rid of them.'”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: “If you actually took the number of Muslims [sic] Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: “And 100 percent, John, of your ads . . . 100 percent of them have been negative.”

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

    Obama: Obama ad contends that John McCain endorses Rush Limbaugh’s comments about immigration.

    Politifact: Pants on Fire!

  • Gil Mertz

    Hey Arnold, your heroes Obama and Clinton didn’t need translators.

    Normal Americans knew what they said were bold, face lies. Plain and simple.

  • Brian Baker

    Obozo: If you like your doctor and health insurance, you can keep your doctor and health insurance.

    Translation: You can’t keep anything you like.

    Obozo: Red line in the sand, Syria.

    Translation: You can do anything you like, Assad.

    Obozo: If unemployment isn’t down under 5% by the end of my first term, I’ll deserve to lose re-election.

    Translation: I’ll tell any lie that makes me look good.
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