Do you remember “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”? I certainly do. It was my go-to and much appreciated moment of calm when my son was small. And I was as much of a fan as he was.
The PBS show celebrated the 50th anniversary of its national broadcast debut with a special, “It’s You I Like,” which aired this week. During its time, the show, less kinetic than “Sesame Street,” which had its own unique charm, wit and silliness, was sometimes mocked for its simplicity and for the decidedly “un-cool” characteristics of the man at the center.
This week has seen the promise of a trade war that had some of Donald Trump’s most ardent congressional GOP allies — from House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch — breaking with his hastily reached policy decision, and the administration’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn, a Wall Street favorite, heading for the exit. (It is interesting that tariffs, not the president’s reaction to white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the breaking point.)