Huh? (Well Beyond Infinity Edition)

From Remarks by the President Signing an Executive Order on the National Space Council



So, I just want to tell you that we are now going to sign an executive order, and this is going to launch a whole new chapter for our great country. And people are very excited about it and I can tell you, I’m very excited about it. Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

(The order is signed.)

COLONEL ALDRIN: Infinity and beyond. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: This is infinity here. It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?

Okay. (Applause.)


This is one of those “I saw it on Twitter and wondered if it was real because it was so weird” kinds of things, so I looked it up.  It’s real.  (video here at the 7:30 mark, which is perhaps a little less weird than the text since it was an informal interchange).

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  1. Janis Gore says:

    Sounds fine on the video.

    Trump and the Colonel need to get together with a haberdasher and have a little tie-training session.

  2. CSK says:

    “The American people will be infinite so much they will get tired of infinity.”

    “I have the best infinity.”

    “CNN: #FakeInfinity. Sad!”

    “Low Infinity Jeb.”

    “Grab ’em by the infinity.”

  3. @Janis Gore: I think it sounds better than it reads, but it still sounds like word salad to me.

  4. Janis Gore says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: Just an example of “the way he talks” as his folks say. At least it was harmless.

  5. Franklin says:

    While it is personally annoying to me when people feel the need to fill silence with any random words that pop in their head, he can certainly be forgiven for not recognizing the Colonel’s movie reference. And it was harmless for once, as Ms. Gore rightly points out.

  6. MarkedMan says:

    THE PRESIDENT: This is infinity here. It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?

    Read more:

    Alrighty then. Where can I get this on a T-Shirt?

  7. CSK says:


    It sounds like a moron’s take on Rod Serling’s intro to each Twilight Zone episode.

  8. JohnMcC says:

    @CSK: I believe that wins the Internet today!

  9. CSK says:


    Why, thank you. I try.

  10. Joe says:


    You forgot: Infiinifefe.

  11. CSK says:


    Of course. Thank you for pointing this out to me. i was indeed remiss.

  12. PT says:

    @Janis Gore:

    Your mileage may vary, but I’m increasingly concerned exactly with just “the way he talks”. And also with how “folks” are ok with hand waving it all away as somehow harmless. Dude is quite clearly not well.

    I mean it could be, it has to be what, at least I’ve heard. She started it.Many people are saying that.

  13. @PT:

    Your mileage may vary, but I’m increasingly concerned exactly with just “the way he talks”.


  14. Janis Gore says:

    He is such a strange man to me that I am actively working to tamp down my alarm at his undisciplined mind and mouth. I have only so many reserves.

    This is small potatoes.

  15. Janis Gore says:

    I mean, the guy own golf clubs and drives his cart on the greens?:

    This is a good businessman? Wouldn’t he be chastised by management anywhere else?

  16. Mr. Prosser says:
  17. CSK says:

    @Janis Gore:

    Well, he’s showing that he’s Trump, and he can do whatever he damned well pleases.

  18. @Janis Gore: As a golfer (although not nearly as much as I would like to be), that is a pretty awful breach of the rules. But as CSK it is a power move by a man who has a simplistic view of power moves.

  19. Janis Gore says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: I presume he owns and plays at his own courses because they won’t allow him anywhere else.

    Such a cane toad. The CNN knockdown demands a different post. That’s not harmless. Wait until foreign powers start killing American journalists to please this wanton son-of-a-bitch.

    Or local maniacs itching to use their shiny new guns.

  20. @Janis Gore: But it goes deeper than ownership: a major reason you don’t drive near (let alone on) the greens is that it damages the playing surface.

    A golfer is supposed to, for example, repair ball marks on the green to preserve the putting surface for others or to rake the sand traps for similar reasons. To damage the greens by driving on them is a major middle finger to other players (and is weirdly self-destructive for the owner/player of the course to do).

  21. Janis Gore says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: That was my point. Any other owner of a course would absolutely freak out to see that happening to his green, and Lord knows what a greenskeeper would do.

    As for other players? The man has a mean streak a mile wide.

  22. Janis Gore says:

    @Janis Gore: That’d be a killin’ offense at Augusta.

  23. @Janis Gore:

    That’d be a killin’ offense at Augusta.