The third-person reference that trumps them all

From time to time on this blog, I’ve documented amusing third-person references in news stories.

Joe Biden, the vice president, has talked about being “the best Biden” he can be. Tom Tancredo, a presidential candidate in 2008, noted that his rivals were trying to “out-Tancredo” him. And Flavor Flav, the rapper turned reality TV star, worked in four such statements in one Entertainment Weekly profile.

Here comes the topper. Donald Trump, in this news item about the Miss Universe pageant, says this:

I think this is the most beautiful group of women I’ve ever seen. In the old days, you got what you got. Now, Trump picks them. It makes a big difference.

Indeed it does, Mr. Trump. Indeed it does.


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