The man in charge of the Pentagon office that runs the military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay prison was once featured on a Fox reality show that highlighted his mismanagement of an upstate New York hotel.
According to The Huffington Post, John Imhof, current head of the Office of Military Commissions, was the subject of a 2012 episode of “Hotel Hell” in which he revealed that he had run his hotel, the Cambridge Inn, into $750,000 worth of debt since buying it in 2007.
Imhof was also called out by the show’s host, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, for a slew of errors, including botching the recipe for the hotel’s famous apple pie.
“The apples are raw, not even baked,” Ramsay said at one point in the episode. “I could scream when I see that. This was invented here. Thousands of restaurants across the globe have copied what you originated. Have you any idea how lucky you are? And it resolves to that: soggy, undercooked, soaking wet.”
But Imhof, who worked as a lawyer and a military judge before taking over the hotel told the Post he didn’t regret the experience.
“Working with Gordon Ramsay and his crew was a unique experience,” he said in an email. “To watch all that goes in to making a one hour ‘reality’ show was extremely interesting. I try to take any experience, be it pleasant or unpleasant (there were certain parts of the show that were each) and learn from them.”
Imhof’s current position requires him to take care of requests from the prison’s convening authority. He took the position before the show aired last August, by which point the property was about to be foreclosed. But he told the Albany Times-Union at the time that the foreclosure had nothing to do with his leaving.
“I’m not running away, but rather accepted a job I felt was important for my country,” he told the newspaper via email. “I know many folks will think Tina and I are leaving because of the failure of the Hotel [sic], but the opposite is true.”
Imhof said he hoped to leave the hotel in the hands of his daughter under a renegotiated interest deal.
Ramsay’s encounter with Imhof did produce at least one happy ending: The newspaper reported that Ramsay and his producers went on to pay for a culinary scholarship at a nearby community college for Donald L. Telford III, a culinary intern at the hotel.
Imhof’s appearance on “Hotel Hell,” originally aired in August 2012, can be seen below on Hulu.
Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed
Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.
The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.
"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.
"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.
Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP
Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.
Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.
"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."
Don Lemon lists ‘manipulative garbage’ Trump uses to exploit his supporters’ ignorance
CNN host Don Lemon thinks that President Donald Trump is using issues like race to manipulate his voters into voting against their own interest.
In his opening commentary, Lemon showed the clip of Trump's supporters chanting "send her back" at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a Somali immigrant who came to the U.S. when she was just 12 years old.
He then cited a tweet that Trump sent out earlier Wednesday.
"New Poll: The Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in predicting the 2016 Election, has just announced that "Trump" numbers have recently gone up by four points, to 50 percent. Thank you to the vicious young Socialist Congresswomen. America will never buy your act! #MAGA2020," Trump tweeted.