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Watch Ivanka Trump try to speak with world leaders. Hint: It's a disaster.



Over the weekend, Ivanka Trump accompanied her father, President Donald Trump, to meetings with world leaders at the G20 summit in Osaka.

Why she was there, no one knows, because Ms. Trump does not hold any position of significance in the current administration. What we do know, however, is that Ivanka was not content just to hang on the sidelines and eat catered lunches. Instead, she tried to ingratiate herself with world leaders. And they were just as confused about what's going on as the rest of us.


A video released by the French Presidential Palace (according to journalist Parham Ghobadi) shows Ivanka Trump uncomfortably trying to hold her own in a conversation between Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, British PM Theresa May, French president Emmanuel Macron, and Christine Lagarde, the chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund. Please judge for yourself how well the first daughter (everyone always forgets about Tiffany Trump!) acquits herself when speaking with elected officials.

It's not very good, is it? And it bodes poorly for the American public if — as The Cut points out — Ivanka Trump hopes to one day ascend to the presidency herself. Especially considering how quick everyone was to show Ms. Trump that she wasn't welcome. Some might call this snobbery, but it seems fairly strange that Ivanka Trump would take her father's place in a conversation taking place between a small group of world leaders.

The video was immediately decried by American politicians. "It may be shocking to some, but being someone's daughter actually isn't a career qualification," Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on."

Congressman Eric Salwell also called out Ms. Trump's behavior: "This is your reminder that @IvankaTrump has no foreign policy or diplomacy experience. The American people deserve to be represented by a qualified diplomat...not the President's daughter," he wrote on social media.

And both father and daughter were called out even further when Ivanka joined the president on his last-minute, unplanned trip to North Korea and sat in on a closed-door meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Speaking to The New York Times, former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, said "Ivanka Trump is not on the National Security Council — she is not an adviser on the issues being discussed. So her presence undermines the professional look of the Trump delegation, both to other countries and to national security professionals in the Trump administration."

If there's one good thing to come out of the rampant nepotism this administration has wrought, it's the fact that the G20 video was immediately and roundly mocked before being turned into June's last powerful meme. Currently #UnwantedIvanka, is sitting at the top of Twitter's trending topics. And the memes, which feature Ivanka Trump photoshopped into other places where she doesn't belong — at the Overlook hotel; helping Marie Curie make scientific discoveries — are a little bit of a balm for the indignities The Trumps continue to visit upon us. We must continue to resist! But in the meantime, enjoy these memes, too.






Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Democracy

Appalachian mom's speech on Kentucky's proposed abortion ban is a must-hear for everyone

Danielle Kirk is speaking up for those often overlooked in our cultural debates.

Canva, courtesy of Danielle Kirk

Appalachian mom gives passionate speech.

Many people felt a gut punch when the Supreme Court issued its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the decades-old Roe v. Wade decision that protected a woman's right to an abortion. However, for some this was a call to action.

Danielle Kirk, 27, a mom of two and an activist on TikTok, used her voice in an attempt to educate the people that make decisions in her small town. Kirk lives in Kentucky where a trigger law came into effect immediately after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Being a former foster child, she knew she had to say something. Kirk spoke exclusively with Upworthy about why she decided to speak up.

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Memories of childhood get lodged in the brain, emerging when you least expect.

There are certain pleasurable sights, smells, sounds and tastes that fade into the rear-view mirror as we grow from being children to adults. But on a rare occasion, we’ll come across them again and it's like a portion of our brain that’s been hidden for years expresses itself, creating a huge jolt of joy.

It’s wonderful to experience this type of nostalgia but it often leaves a bittersweet feeling because we know there are countless more sensations that may never come into our consciousness again.

Nostalgia is fleeting and that's a good thing because it’s best not to live in the past. But it does remind us that the wonderful feeling of freedom, creativity and fun from our childhood can still be experienced as we age.

A Reddit user by the name of agentMICHAELscarnTLM posed a question to the online forum that dredged up countless memories and experiences that many had long forgotten. He asked a simple question, “What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?”

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