Amarosa and the White House have a thing going on!

Amarosa and the White House have a thing going on!
August 23
01:00 2018

By James B. Ewers Jr. 

Billy Paul, a crooner back in the day, had a song called “Me and Mrs. Jones.” One of the lyrics is, “We have a thing going on.” In a strange way, Amarosa Manigault Newman and the White House have a thing going on. The question on the dance floor is, what kind of thing is it?

Some years ago, Amarosa appeared on the television show “The Apprentice.” The host was the now 45th president of the United States of America. I watched it sparingly, long enough to hear him say, “You’re fired!” Upon hearing those words, contestants were booted off the show. Some landed in a good place after being on the show while others did not.

Amarosa landed in a good place. At least, she thought it was a good place. Sometimes in life thorns and cotton look the same. The host of “The Apprentice” left and eventually became a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Many of us didn’t take him seriously. That was a big mistake, and we are in the middle of that mistake now.

Some, like Amarosa Manigault Newman, were drawn to this candidate and believed in his mantra, Make America Great Again.” Upon his election as president of the United States of America, she received a presidential appointment.

Amarosa had an office at the White House. That is a far cry from being on “The Apprentice.” Maybe she was to be a bright light for people of color. She did have a hand in arranging a meeting of presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the 45th president at the White House. Was that meeting successful? In my opinion, it wasn’t.

Reports say that Amarosa didn’t stay in her lane. What was her lane? As a result, her direct access to the president diminished and she was left on the outside looking in. A few months ago, she was relieved of her duties at the White House. John Kelly, chief of staff, gave her the news. Usually in these firing meetings, you never know what happened or what words were used. Well, with Amarosa, it was different. She taped her firing so that the world could hear it. In my opinion, that was both clever and dangerous. I guess she thought it was important to protect herself. Sometimes when you are in the snake pit, it is better to do the biting than it is to get bitten.

Since that time, she has released her book titled “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” In it, she details the histrionics and confusion that go on in the White House. At the same time, she has been releasing tapes of some of her conversations while at the White House.

Now, if I am a White House official, I am wondering if I was “caught” on tape. One revelation is that Amarosa was offered $15,000 per month for her cooperation and maybe silence by Lara Trump, the wife of son Eric Trump.

Only she knows how many more tapes there are. Amarosa Manigault Newman is in a battle of words with the president. Some of the lyrics to a song [“The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game”] written by William “Smokey” Robinson Jr. may sum this up: “What’s this world comin to. Things just ain’t the same any time the hunter gets captured by the game.”

James B. Ewers  Jr. Ed.D. is a former tennis champion at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem and played college tennis at Johnson C. Smith University, where he was all-conference for four years. He is a retired college administrator.  He can be reached at

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