Imagine being at a dinner party with wall street bankers and one of the well known stock brokers makes a reference to his brokerage firm. The room immediately gets quiet as everyone anticipates hearing what he has to say.
This was the backdrop for the E.F. Hutton television commercials during the 70’s and 80’s that popularized the phrase “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” This same premise holds true for Ivanka Trump. When she talks, her father listens.
Oh, by the way Donald Trump acquired the Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach mansion from Marjorie Merriweather Post (E.F. Hutton’s former wife) and operates it as a private resort and hotel.
During the presidential campaign Ivanka spoke out about paid maternity leave and child care costs and guess what? Her father listened, and it soon became part of his platform. Ivanka also spoke with her father about her passions for the environment and he listened. She intends on making climate change one of her signature issues just as she’s done with her women’s apparel collection.
She initiated a meeting with Al Gore – herself and her father at Trump Tower in New York.
After the meeting, Gore told reporters he had a “lengthy and productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground.” The other areas of interest in which the three parties discussed haven’t surfaced as of yet.
Gore has become one of the most outspoken advocates for raising awareness about the dangers of climate change since leaving the White House. The very first thought that came to individuals minds as they witnessed Gore strolling through Trump Tower was that he was there to get the bid for the EPA chief, but that would have been a tremendous conflict of interest for both Gore and Trump. While speaking to an audience here at Miami-Dade College in October, Gore warned that “based on the ideas Trump has presented, it would take us toward a climate catastrophe.”
Trump tweeted that Global Warming was a hoax created by the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
In November, the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Liu Zhenmon repudiated Trump’s accusation telling the media at United Nations talks in Marrakesh, Morocco that U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush started the global warming conversation by supporting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC] during the late 80’s. The IPCC originated in 1988 through a joint effort by the U.N. Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization. It’s through these unrelenting efforts that both Gore and the IPCC won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
As far as the political scene goes – Gore has been off the radar since he lost his bid for the oval office and with his passion for the environment, it makes you wonder why Obama didn’t appoint him for the EPA cabinet position. Maybe it was beneath him. After all, he was the vice president and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Trump has adopted a different position – he now says there’s some connectivity in climate change. What the president-elect is really trying to tell us in a roundabout way is that because 700 scientists and academics from related disciplines sent him a letter informing him that climate change is real and needs to be addressed – he’s going to be diplomatic and has come to terms with Global Warming.
Many people are hoping that Ivanka will be the “voice of reason” in the White House. In fact, she already is because she’s not a registered Republican or Democrat. In 2013, she held a fundraiser in her Manhattan home for Democrat Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ, that helped him win the Senate seat he now holds. Ivanka’s going to be the bridge to moderates and liberals that are disgusted and depressed with the tone and tenor of the new leader of the free world.
Moreover, she’s poised to to be the first “first daughter” in modern history to play a larger role than the first lady. “She’s very committed to having a climate change policy that makes sense for our country and for our world,” said Gore. “That was evident in the conversation that I had with her.”