About Trump’s “Rocket Man” Nickname for North Korea Dictator Kim

Donald Trump’s political strategy includes insulting nicknames for his adversaries.  Mostly they’ve been cringe worthy, schoolyard taunts like Lyin’ Ted, Crooked Hillary, or Little Marco.

But for North Korea’s ruthless, barbarian dictator Kim Jong Un, the President has risen to a respectably subtle and sophisticated level.  He calls Kim “Rocket Man,” the title of one of Elton John’s most enduring hits, first released in 1972.

In his speech to the UN Security Council Tuesday, Trump apparently baffled and offended his media critics by using the nickname as a demeaning reference to Kim.

For example, The Washington Post sniffed pompously:

Why labeling Kim as Rocket Man would be an insult to Kim, who’s trying to build rockets, remains unclear.

It would become clear if the crack investigators at the Post were to read the “Rocket Man”  lyrics about an a astronaut who regrets leaving his family to head into space.  Here are a couple of excerpts:

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine AM
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

[…]

And all this science I don’t understand
It’s just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man

And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
‘Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

In the third line “high as a kite” was of course, a common drug culture expression in the 70s and may have been meant to have double meaning – by both Elton John and President Trump.

In speeches to the subjugated people of his captive nation Kim boasts of his great power, intellectual dominance and craftiness.  If America and allies finally bring the military response he risks with his continuous nuclear weapons development and threats of war he certainly will be exposed as “not the man they think I am at home” and a world class DOLT “burning out his fuse up here alone.”

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