Insurance executive Dal Snipes, a former Dunn mayor, is a guy who knows how to open doors. And last week he opened the most exclusive door of all, the one to the White House.
Mr. Snipes was invited to attend a meeting with President Trump held last Tuesday in the East Room.
The purpose of the meeting was to allow the president to address small-business leaders from across the country. Mr. Snipes, in addition to being a local insurance agent, is also a national leader in his industry.
In addition to being president of Snipes Insurance Service, which has offices in Dunn and Raleigh, he is also chairman of the Finance Committee of Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. He is also a member of that organization’s board of directors.
New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was also at the meeting, and Dal said it looks like the retired Marine Corps general will instill some discipline in the still-new White House staff.
Gen. Kelly was the last person to enter the room before the president was introduced; Dal said he helped set the tone for the meeting.
Dal said the president did a great job, and that First Lady Melania Trump is also nobody’s fool.
Indeed, she’s not. She’s fluent in five languages. And as the first first lady to be born and raised in a communist country (Slovenia) she has a unique understanding of how important it is to prevent government from having too much control over people’s lives.
In addition to the president, Dal and the other Main Street America leaders also heard from Linda McMahon, head of the Small Business Administration, and from presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.
Also present were Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and several members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
During his remarks, President Trump encouraged attendees, saying, “America is on the verge of a golden age for small business.” Toward that end, his administration is pushing Congress to tackle comprehensive tax reform. In April, the White House released its tax plan, which includes needed tax cuts for businesses.
Thanks to Dal for letting us know about his White House meeting. We always enjoy hearing about local people being recognized on a larger stage.
In a somewhat related item, it’s always fun to learn the Secret Service code names of a new presidential family.
While this isn’t exactly breaking news, I haven’t looked them up until now. So, in case you haven’t already read this, President Trump’s code name is “Mogul,” for obvious reasons.
The first lady is known by her security detail as “Muse” because of her former modeling career.
Ivanka Trump’s code name is reported to be “Marvel.” Donald Trump Jr.: “Mountaineer.” And Eric Trump: “Marksman.”
And Vice President Mike Pence: “Hoosier” because of his home state. His wife, Karen: “Hummingbird.”
Among the code names of former presidents, Ronald Reagan had one of the best, “Rawhide,” for his cowboy image.
And President Kennedy’s, “Lancer,” may have been the most telling. According to Time magazine, “Kennedy’s moniker meshed well with the ‘Camelot’ theme of his Administration. It also works as a play on ‘Lancelot,’ King Arthur’s notoriously womanizing knight.”
Of course, since these code names are all widely circulated, you have to wonder why the Secret Service even uses them.
Then again, maybe they don’t. Maybe the real code names are actual state secrets, as they probably should be.
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