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“DID YOU PLUG THE HOLE YET, DADDY?”

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 27, 2010

Brian, at the great Weasel Zippers blog, posted a video clip from Barack Obama’s press conference earlier today in which the President did his best to convince the American people that his every waking moment is consumed with the Gulf oil spill. Reminiscent of the scene in The Caine Mutiny where Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) sits at the head of the table in the officer’s mess and tries to convince his shipmates that he isn’t a bad guy – that even his dog likes him – President Obama recounted the heart-wrenching, emotion-drenched interaction he had with his daughter this morning while he was shaving.

It was as relevant as it was tender – as plastic as it was nauseating, in a “listen-to-the-violins” sort of way – and it shed a revealing light on the Commander-In-Chief, the man of the people, the One.

Said the President:

And so my job right now is just to make sure that everyone in the Gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning, and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about: the spill. And it’s not just me, by the way. When I woke up this morning and I’m shaving, and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peaks in her head and she says, ‘Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?’”

If, after reading those words, you didn’t weep instantly, you have no soul.

And while Obama’s performance this afternoon conjured up a scene in a fifty-six year old movie for me, in Brian’s mind, it conjured up the words of another disastrous President bringing up the concerns of his daughter on the national stage.

Thirty years ago, it was Jimmy Carter, who said:

I had a discussion with my daughter, Amy, the other day before I came here, and I asked her what the most important issue was. She said she thought nuclear weapons.

If, after reading those words, you didn’t retroactively weep instantly, you have no soul.

By contrast, my own kids would probably be thought of as cold-blooded, heartless wads of selfish flesh since they’d be more likely to ask, “Did the President bankrupt the country yet, Daddy?”

or

Will there be any money left in my paycheck for me to take home when I grow up and start working, Daddy?”

or

“What else is Obama going to take over, Papa?”

It’s interesting how Malia Obama asked her Dad if he plugged the hole.

“Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?”

To those paying attention, the answer, obviously, is “no.”

I heard both Janet Napolitano and Mrs. Obama speaking as recently as today.

(Feel free to insert your own punch line here).

Incidentally, it was gracious of the President of the United States to take the time to thank the literally thousands of people who have been working on trying to end the Gulf oil spill – everyone from first responders to engineers, from scientists to consultants – risking their lives, investing extraordinary amounts of time and energy, expending blood, sweat and tears to try and plug up the hole.

Oh wait …

He didn’t.

Never mind.

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QUICK THOUGHTS ON BAM’S PRESSER

Posted by Andrew Roman on March 26, 2009

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As inconceivable as it may seem, one must presume that there will come a time during Barack Obama’s tenure as President when all of the maladies and woes of the nation are no longer blamed on George W. Bush. Admittedly, it’s an incredible assumption, but somewhere along the line, Obama’s “watch” will have to officially get underway in earnest and he’ll have to start assuming responsibility without the benefit of qualifiers. Saying the buck stops with him is fine, but doing so with schoolyard grace, pointing fingers, crying, “It was him! It was him!” is hardly the mark of sound leadership. It’s not even the mark of Eddie Haskell. It is beyond comical how often the leader of the free world makes it a point to remind the American people of the things he has “inherited” from the previous administration and how “the previous eight years” (if you are to buy into his abracadabra) were the worst to befall humanity, perhaps ever.

One thing is for certain … his teleprompter can beat up George W. Bush’s.

However, his familiarly flanking, just-off-camera, electronic cue cards were missing in action on Tuesday. Instead, the President relied on a more traditional over-sized monitor, which loomed like Michael Moore over a canned ham in the back of the room while he carefully – colorlessly – ran through his libretto.

Tuesday night’s press conference had all the spirit and tone of a scabbed over blood blister. The President wasn’t especially bad, nor did he set the world on fire. And while it wouldn’t be particularly original or insightful to say that President Obama is still in “campaign mode” – which, incidentally, he clearly is (even though he seems to be abandoning so much of what he originally campaigned on), it may be more useful to suggest that he is fully entrenched in “lack of leadership mode.”

Or “what the hell am I doing here mode”

Or “can I just eat my waffle mode.”

Even long-frothing supporters and pundits who were expecting Superman to explode from the booth by now are wondering, “Is this it?” Last night, he was just … there. Not exactly messianic. Not especially celestial. He was cautious and relatively uninteresting. As many have already remarked, he was agonizingly professorial, styling himself as a bit above everyone else’s pay grade, all the while competing with the stenographer pads for most interesting inanimate object in the room (if you count out the big monitor).

He went on about healthcare in that droning leftist style, ignored the troops currently in harm’s way, answered almost nothing, and dazzled the numb-skulled believers.

Bam couldn’t exactly jump on the Barney Frank “get me their names” bandwagon or the “tax those executive bastards at 90%” train (as much as he probably wanted to) because it wouldn’t have played well now that the government is entering the toxic fund buy up business with the “private sector.” He had to lay off a bit. After all, what is more paramount to a leaping lib’s agenda than keeping the image of an ever-helpful, benevolent, problem-solving, “you’ve got a friend” federal government in tact?

The laugh of the night, of course, came when the President was asked why it took him so long to express outrage over the bonuses received by AIG executives.

The correct answer would have been, “Because I was not told to do so by my teleprompting team.”

His actual answer was, “It took a couple of days because I like to know what I’m talking about before I speak.”

Please, fill in your own punch line to that one.

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YES, MY COUNTRY IS GOING AWAY – BAM GOES AMERICA

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 10, 2009

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Think of the free market as a fire hydrant and President Obama as the dog about to shower it with contempt. The President told America – and the world – last evening that only government is capable of fixing the economic problems this country faces. The very concepts that help to define America itself – rugged individualism, personal responsibility, liberty, entrepreneurialism – all found themselves thrown under the Obama magical misery bus during his first prime time press conference as President.

The leader of the free world sent the message that it isn’t the individual who can make things right. It isn’t the free market that can set things straight. It is government – big, bumbling, inefficient, unaccountable, tyrannical, fingers-in-everybody’s pie government – that can save this country. With his ringing endorsement of an all-powerful, all-intrusive Washington as problem-solver and healer, the President of the United States made it clear that he possesses no confidence in the American people.

Such inspiration. Such leadership.

Contrast these two quotes:

Ronald Reagan:Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.”

Barack Obama: “It is only government that can break the vicious cycle where lost jobs lead to people spending less money which leads to even more layoffs.”

If that doesn’t serve as the quintessential distinction between right and left, then nothing does.

What Bam also did last night was add to his ever-growing list of contradictions, inconsistencies, half-truths and downright lies. He said during his less-than-impressive performance that he found it difficult to accept criticism of his porktabulous spending bill from the people (Republicans) who helped double the size of the deficit during the previous administration. Yet, with his $800 billion-plus pig-meat bill, he wants to propel to deficit into uncharted territory with a spending spree that would put Bush’s recklessness to instant shame.

I’m not sure if his handlers and preparers are this obtuse, or if he is just the worst out of the box thinker America has seen since John Kerry, but he embarrasses himself when he is away from the nestling warmth of his teleprompter.

No one likes to give a hard time to those who have come down off the cross to save humanity, but how about some honest analysis?

This works part and parcel with the President’s fractured view of his own country – his misguided, university-constructed, leftist take on the greatest country the world has ever known.

It is frightening, but no one should be surprised now. The tone for the Obama-Nation was set on January 20, 2009 in what was an otherwise sleepy and forgettable inaugural address.

Recall The One said:

“Our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.”

How many of you, when you heard those words, took pause to say to yourselves, “Wow, the Bush years really are over.”

If ever something more provably untrue were uttered by a President, it’s not immediately popping into my head. How exactly is the safety of the United States enhanced in any way because of how just our cause is? Where in all of human history has a cause served to strengthen the security of a people? That such a statement can be made without any serious scrutiny or backlash (outside of conservatives who pay attention) is utterly astounding. No country’s security ever emanates from the justness of a cause.

Security emanates from a strong military. Period.

Were the Jews of Nazi Germany more secure because of the justness of their cause?

Can I now keep my doors unlocked at night because I am a just man?

What poppycock.

The security of the United States emanates from the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

Then, there was this little ditty, extracted directly from the multiculturalist’s songbook:

“We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth.”

This country may be comprised of people from every corner of the world, but it is patently false – and in no way defensible to assert that this country has been shaped by every language and culture.

How exactly?

Undoubtedly, one could probably find just about every one of world’s languages spoken somewhere in the United States, but the influence of Hindi and Latvian on the United States is nil. The role of Farsi and Burmese in forming the cultural landscape of America is nonexistant. Even the effect of Zulu on American life is negligible.

And as deplorable as it is for anti-religious revisionists to have to admit any prevailing Christian influence, this country has not been shaped by Hindus or Muslims, despite ongoing attempts to reconstruct American history into an all-inclusive, everybody-influenced-everything fairy-tale.

Culturally, this country exists in the English tradition, shaped by its Judeo-Christian value system. Period.

This is not a matter of opinion.

But worry not … just a little while ago, the Obama spendulous bill passed in the Senate, 61-37. America is well on the way to a “fundamentally transformed” future filled with big government band-aids,  astronomical deficits and encroaching tyranny.

Yippee, eh?

Piece by piece, America is going away.

America is falling down and going Bam.

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