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Trump really is focusing on light bulbs making him look orange and...something about flushing toilets (I think he's referring to water saving sinks and showers, but I can't be sure).

From the article:

At a small-business roundtable meeting, the president went off on a tangent about the bulbs and claimed people have to flush toilets 10 to 15 times because they “don’t get any water”.

"They got rid of the lightbulb that people got used to. The new bulb is many times more expensive and I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good," Mr Trump said.

"Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me. It’s like - it gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look." does seem Trump actually made a self deprecating joke...

They were actually President W. H. Bush (How the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Affects Light Bulbs), and as for the "orange look"

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boyfromnyc 3 years ago

Trump to solve water pressure problem.
Sounds allot like Benito Mussolini promising to get the trains to run on time.

eugene 3 years ago

Basically create a problem that you can, or can't solve.

Then rail against those who oppose you.

kermit 3 years ago *

I'm still intrigued by the light bulb issue. It's always seemed to be a trigger for a section of the population in the U.S., sort of a "Don't Tread on Me" statement.

The weird thing is LED bulbs have come down in price and they last for 50,000 to 100,000 hours or more.

The typical lifespan for an incandescent bulb is around 1,200 hours.

Why would you bitch about getting rid of a bulb that last 1-5% compared with a new LED bulb? And the energy efficiency of LEDs absolutely crushes incandescents.

I don't get it, in terms of logical thinking, but I do get it in terms of it being a symbol of "get off of my lawn".

As for the flushing statement...I think it was a shot at California's new law - Low-Flow Toilets Required In California For All Home Renovations

In the end it's such a weird thing to focus on.

edit: Light Bulb Showdown: LED Vs. CFL Vs. Incandescent - it's pretty simple, really, but...see "orange" above