Wouldn't it be nice if every time you were in a bad mood, people sprung to try to cheer you up? For the super-rich like Donald Trump, this is what butlers are for — and at Trump's private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, that job falls to one Anthony Senecal.
Senecal, 74, has worked for Trump for 30 years, which naturally means he's privy to some of the GOP frontrunner's odder quirks. He also knows how to navigate his boss' blustery moods:
Mr. Senecal knows how to stroke [Trump's] ego and lift his spirits, like the time years ago he received an urgent warning from Mr. Trump's soon-to-land plane that the mogul was in a sour mood. Mr. Senecal quickly hired a bugler to play "Hail to the Chief" as Mr. Trump stepped out of his limousine to enter Mar-a-Lago. [The New York Times]
But when there isn't a prior warning, Senecal has another way to tell when Trump might not be his most pleasant:
The next morning, before dawn and after about four hours' sleep, Mr. Trump would meet [Senecal] at the arched entrance of his private quarters to accept a bundle of newspapers including The New York Times, The Daily News, The New York Post, and the Palm Beach papers. Mr. Trump would emerge hours later, in khakis, a white golf shirt and baseball cap. If the cap was white, the staff noticed, the boss was in a good mood. If it was red, it was best to stay away. [The New York Times]
Trump's famous "Make America Great Again" cap naturally comes in both colors (in fact, they're the only colors it comes in other than black). However, fellow campaigners be warned — Trump often wears it red. Jeva Lange
Almost a year ago, Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel sat down with a real relationship therapist to work out their fictional feud, in which Damon is always invited on Jimmy Kimmel Live and never actually brought on stage, leading a lonely existence in Kimmel's smallest green room. On Monday's show, Kimmel said that, with Damon's new Jason Bourne movie coming out on Friday, he and Damon gave couples therapy another go. "Apparently you have to go to therapy more than once for it to work," he deadpanned. The late-night host and Hollywood star's session with psychotherapist Paul Kundinger did not start out well. "There's a lot of anger coming across," Kundinger finally said, suggesting art therapy. Kimmel and Damon agreed, and surprisingly, the exercise did end the feud for at least a few seconds as Damon and Kimmel broke character — and made ABC's censors get creative. Watch below. Peter Weber
The Solar Impulse 2 plane made history on Tuesday when it landed in Abu Dhabi, the first flight to make it around the world without using any fuel.
The plane first took off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, and over the past 16 months traveled 25,000 miles, stopping 16 times. The plane is covered with 17,248 solar cells that transfer energy to four electrical motors that power the propellers, and it runs on four lithium polymer batteries at night. "The future is clean," one of the pilots, Bertrand Piccard, said after landing. "The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further."
The plane completed more than 500 flight hours, but was delayed a few times, including in Cairo when Piccard became sick and after some batteries were damaged on the journey from Japan to Hawaii. Read more about how the pilots were able to handle the cockpit's cramped conditions and temperature shifts at The Associated Press. Catherine Garcia
During Democratic convention, people kept searching for info on Bernie Sanders' age, Citizens United
As people watched the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, they were furiously Googling everything from "Bernie Sanders" to "Did slaves build the White House?'
Google released data on the top trends at the end of Night 1, and Sanders was far and away the most searched of the speakers and performers — Michelle Obama came in second, Elizabeth Warren third, Cory Booker fourth, and Paul Simon fifth. Throughout the day, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was trending, but after Sanders gave the night's closing speech, there was a 650 percent increase in searches for "Citizens United." The other trending questions had to do with Michelle Obama's speech ("Did slaves build the White House?" and "Who built the White House?") and Sanders' age ("How old is Bernie Sanders?"). Catherine Garcia
The Democrats' major goal at this week's Democratic National Convention is "to unify the party and present themselves as the safe and steady alternative to the forest fire in cufflinks that is Donald Trump," Seth Meyers said on Monday's Late Night. But before the first speaker even took the stage, "things got off to a terrible start." First, Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine as her running mate. "The only way Hillary could have been safer is if she picked a Volvo wearing a bike helmet," Meyers said, underwhelmed. "As attack dogs go, Tim Kaine seems like one of those who licks the burglar's hand while he's stealing your candlesticks." At least, he said, Kaine's Spanish language skills are "guaranteed to get under Trump's skin."
Then Meyers tackled the Democratic National Committee's hacked email leak, suggesting an anti-Sanders bias at the DNC and leading to the ouster of Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "At this point, emails are to Hillary what snakes were to Indiana Jones — 'Emails, why did it have to be emails?'" Meyers said. "The entire purpose of this convention is to unify the party, and these emails only serve to further the rift between the Hillary and Bernie supporters." But Clinton just fanned the flames, naming Wasserman Schultz as honorary chairwoman in her campaign, after passing over more progressive, Sanders-like V.P. picks. "Basically, Hillary said, 'Have you been feeling the Bern? Why not try some Nova-Kaine?'" Meyers said. Democrats should be thankful that Sanders took the high road, he added, and you can watch his "closer look" below. Peter Weber
Samantha Bee didn't like Donald Trump's VP selection, Gov. Mike Pence, any more than she likes Trump himself. On Monday's Full Frontal, she took an initially skeptical look at Hillary Clinton's running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine. After last week's Republican National Convention, "who did Hillary tap for VP as I was in the shower trying to wash the fear pheromones off?" she asked. "Aha, some white guy. Damnit woman."
"You had a historic chance to shut white men out of the executive branch," Bee chided Clinton. "You could have turned the men's room into a pedicure-and-Gilmore Girls-screening room. We want transformation and excitement! Instead, it feels like Hillary is trying to set America up with the son of a coworker she barely knows." Then she let the "Nilla Wafer" speak for a bit himself. "Oh, god, this guy is a walking hug," she said, but not in a bad way. "Would you look at that? Tim Kaine has so much humanity, it's actually flowing into Hillary. He's human enough for the both of them!"
Bee was initially "meh" on Kaine, but she seems to have changed her mind over the weekend. "Guys, it is possible that Hillary nailed this?" she asked. "The woman that could ban all guns and still manage to shoot herself in the foot? Her safe, boring slice of white bread is actually kind of exhilarating, like a Ferrari minivan with airbags. I can't wait for the far right, and the far left, to tell me why he should be in jail." Watch below, but be advised, Bee uses some NSFW language. Peter Weber
Michelle Obama's powerful Democratic National Convention speech ended with a standing ovation and thunderous applause, but no one was as impressed as her husband.
Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 26, 2016
"Incredible speech by an incredible woman," President Obama tweeted from his @POTUS account. "Couldn't be more proud and our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle." All together now: Awwwwwwwwww. Catherine Garcia
When Bernie Sanders took the stage on night one of the Democratic National Convention, it took several minutes for him to start talking — his supporters were cheering so loudly, he was unable to start his speech.
When he was finally able to speak, Sanders thanked every American who voted for him and donated to his campaign, and let them know that as disappointed as he is with the final outcome, "I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved together. We have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution, our revolution, continues." Sanders said the election has never been about him, Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton, but rather "the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and our grandchildren" and "ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America today."
In a message directed at his supporters, Sanders said Clinton "must become the next president of the United States" and "will make an outstanding president." He spoke of their time together in the Senate, Clinton's determination to increase the minimum wage and "rebuild our crumbling infrastructure," and how she would "nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United." It was an emotional speech for many of Sanders' supporters in the audience, who had tears running down their faces. Catherine Garcia