Diddling While America Burns

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The worst thing about the political debates isn’t the format or the content, but that it magnifies debating skills to such an extent. I keep hearing that Gingrich would demolish Obama in a debate. I disagree. Republicans would watch such a debate and decide that Newt had mopped the floor with Barack; Democrats would see it the other way around. And the next day, the liberal media would announce that Obama won by a knockout in the first round.

As we all know, a president no more needs to be a great debater than he needs to know how to juggle plates, play the accordion or yodel.

“The Obamas” by Jodi CantorApparently, in Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, the thing that unites Barack and Michelle is the sincere belief that America needs to be radically transformed. Apparently, they both subscribe to the nutty notion that the gap that exists between those who are successful and those who are poor has nothing much to do with hard work, dedication, talent and ambitious goals, everything to do with “opportunity, power, access and wealth.”

Even I have to grant that power and access explain how it was that Michelle came to be paid an astronomical $350,000-a-year working as a part-time administrator at a Chicago medical center once her husband was elected to the Illinois legislature.

It also appears that when some of us have accused Obama of being arrogant and narcissistic, we weren’t just whistling “Dixie.” He has apparently told his staff that he knows more about banking than bankers, is a better writer than his speechwriters and knows more about issues than his policy directors. In 2008, he was quoted as saying, “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it.”

That’s pretty big talk coming from a guy who never held an actual job prior to being elected president, unless you’re one of those people who believes that being a community organizer for ACORN looks impressive on a resume.

One of the scariest things I’ve gleaned from the book is that Barack relies on Michelle to let him know the pulse of the nation. This is a woman who is either jetting off on exotic vacations at taxpayer expense or hosting galas at the White House for the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks and Oprah. Using Michelle as a sounding board sounds a lot like Louis XVI relying on Marie Antoinette to tell him what was really bugging the French peasants.

Apparently, Obama, who in conjunction with his attorney general, Eric Holder, has created the most racist administration in American history, is of the opinion that the only reason he could possibly lose his bid for re-election is white racism. In his opinion, it can’t possibly have anything to do with ObamaCare; an additional six trillion dollars in national debt; taking his marching orders from George Soros and public sector unions; playing politics with the XL oil pipeline; the first ever downgrading of America’s credit rating; 47 million Americans on food stamps; an unemployment/underemployment rate of 16%; and his giggling like a school girl when he announced, after blowing a trillion tax dollars on his stimulus bill, that apparently shovel-ready jobs weren’t quite as shovel-ready as he’d insisted.

So, Obama would have us believe that the same country that elected him over John McCain in 2008 is now the land of bigotry if the folks don’t make that mistake again. He’d do well to recall the old adage: fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us.

He reminds me of the black basketball coach who, a few years ago, sued the college that fired him, claiming racism. He somehow managed to overlook the fact that, one, over the course of three seasons, the team had lost three times as many games as they had won; and, two, that the bigots who fired him were the very same people who had hired him in the first place.

Speaking of “basketball,” over the past few years, conservatives are taken to task if they even utter the word in connection with Obama, even though he loves being photographed driving for an uncontested lay-up. He also enjoys establishing his “street cred” by talking about March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament, lest people start thinking he spends all his time on the golf course, just like all those rich white guys he’s always whining about.

But conservatives are also accused of speaking in racist code if they even say words like “entitlements” and “food stamps.” As you may recall, Juan Williams, who’s no stranger to playing the race card, scolded Newt Gingrich for that very thing during the GOP debate down in Myrtle Beach.

It’s a strange world when white conservatives stand accused of bigotry if they vote against someone whose policies and philosophy they find equally offensive whether advanced by Obama or promoted by his white allies in Congress. But nobody dares mention racism, or even misogyny, when prior to giving 97% of their votes to Obama in the general election, a huge majority of blacks supported Obama in his run against the equally liberal Hillary Clinton.

Finally, I suppose most of you have heard about the policy recently introduced in Washington, D.C., mandating that exterminators treat rats as if they were an endangered species, and transport them painlessly to a different location. When I first heard the news, I threw my hat in the air and hollered “Hurrah!” The letdown came a few minutes later when I found out they were talking about actual four-legged rodents and not Harry Reid and his cronies in Congress.

Although it is difficult to understand why D.C. politicians would create such a goofy program, I suspect the answer lies in the old joke about the reason that sharks never attack lawyers swimming in the ocean; namely, professional courtesy.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com!

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  • Burt Prelutsky

    cma: There you go being a spoilsport. An actual debate would deprive Gingrich of the opportunity to get an ovation by insulting the moderator.


    • Shirl

      Sure would feel good to see him insult Obama and rip apart all his pretense! Fantastic article, Burt. Again, facts, stated like a pro that you are. I never realized there are so many naive Americans. Makes one want to go out in the public square and shout out the truth about this communist government we now have. I had to pass A vs C (Americanism vs Communism) to graduate high school; now I see why it was done away with; so we all would not recognize it when it got elected.

  • cmacrider

    Burt: I wouldn’t mind seeing an actual “debate”. As I understand “debate” it involves a given proposition in which one party supports and the other party opposes under a particular format. To date,we have had about 19 Republican “events” in which the media had the opportunity to conduct simultaneous interviews and the politicians vied for the ultimate sound byte. In an actual debate we could see if these candidates (a) grasped the details and complexities of the proposition (b) possessed any capacity to lay out a logical argument, and (c) had any persuasive capabilities. All of the foregoing would seem to be essential attributes if you want to have a successful Presidency.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    robin in fl: I have been contributing three pieces a week all along. Where have you been?

    Doom: You’re right. I’ve always concluded that anyone who thinks he should be president is a cuckoo.

    Wil: Are you seriously asking if we would like to go back to the bad old days when gas was selling for $1.80-a-gallon and our debt was $10 trillion? Hell, yes!


  • Wil Burns

    The public will have a real choice about whether we are going to stay the course with Obama or go back to irresponsible spending and deregulation as it was with Bush..

    Do you people really want to go back to the Bush era?

    • cmacrider

      Wil Burns: I think you forgot to mention the third alternative which is to elect a President who understands that we live in the 21St century as part of a global economy which requires 21st. century solutions. What is not needed is some guy trapped in a 1960’s time capsule attempting to apply a socialist world view developed before the second world war and Keynsian economics from a book published in 1934.

    • Jeffreydan

      Wil’s actually asking if we’d rather have things like they were with a far superior president in the White House? Never fails to amuse, that boy.

      Oddly enough, I was in a restaurant recently and happened to be asked a very similar question by the waitress, and I quote: “would you rather have the sirloin steak or a dirty sock seasoned with brake fluid?”

  • DOOM161

    I think any President would have to be an arrogant bastard to see 300 million people and decide that he should be their boss.

    I wasn’t a sexist when I didn’t support Elizabeth Dole for President, and I wasn’t a racist when I didn’t support Alan Keyes. But I was somehow both for not supporting Hillary Clinton and Obama in 2008.

    • cmacrider

      Doom: I understand your point. However on my reading of the American Constitution, the people are to be the “boss”. The President “serves” the people. Possibly this confusion on the part of Obama is at the root of the current problem.

    • cmacrider

      Doom: I understand you point but as I read the American Constitution the people are the “boss” and the President “serves” the People. This confusion may be at the root of the current problems.

      • Michael

        “I read the American Constitution”

        You have already done more than most Americans.

        I can’t believe a review of the proceedings of the constitutional convention (not to mention the revolution itself) are not required for high school graduation. I guess there’s not time to squeeze it in among all the socialist claptrap.

  • robin in fl

    As always Burt ,GREAT read.

    I am glad to see you contibute 3x’x a week now.
    you say what MANY think ,and you do it SO well :)

  • Bruce A.

    I didn’t know rats were endangered. Is this the same Washington DC that elected a crackhead as mayor? Twice I believe.

  • Burt Prelutsky

    If only everyone agreed with Michael and Glen, America would be well on its way to recovery.


  • Glen Stambaugh

    If Obama does manage to fool us twice, shame will be the very least of our problems. Great read, Burt and thanks for the bonus!

  • Michael

    Spot on, Burt. I wish more people had the guts to call out the Obamas. They are trashy, self-serving, resentful people who are looting the national treasury and throwing it around to their peeps like stolen Nike shoes, and their drive to “get back” at Whitey is destroying our society and weakening our nation.