Most of us want to look up to the president, to respect him makes it far easier to respect the office, all of which reflects on our government. I think Obama would probably be a fine guy to shoot a few hoops with and to have a beer with afterward, so long as he didn’t light up a Camel and blow it in my face. There are times when I think he tries too hard to be a good guy, which I think is an obvious appeal to his base, young people to a great extent, most of whom have not had a chance to be subjected to an income and other taxes which take half of what they make. The other part of his base are misguided compassionestas who think they owe those who don’t work a living, but want to take care of them with other people’s money, or those on the receiving end of that misguided compassion.
It’s interesting that a majority of the folks out there seem to get more and more conservative as they age. I wish those parents and grandparents out there would have a long talk with junior, particularly junior who’s of voting age, regarding where the money comes from that keeps him in college, and why it’s important that dad or grand dad be able to keep some of what he makes. And if junior says he wants to vote for the tax and spend set, then he can sit his butt down in an office somewhere and make enough money to pay for his own schooling.
The following is from Investor’s Daily:
Funny Thing Happened To Decorum Posted 10/28/2010 07:10 PM ET
Respectability: Many Americans believe the leadership presently ensconced in Washington belongs on a comedy show. Few, however, want the presidency brought down to that level.
Why, exactly, does the president of the United States feel compelled to appear on TV entertainment programs? He’s been on Jay Leno, David Letterman and, least reputable of all, ABC’s daytime hen party “The View,” infamous for its trash-talking co-hostesses.
This week President Obama outdid himself with a backfiring visit to comedian Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show.” Of all people, liberal Washington Post political reporter Dana Milbank appraised it as a huge miscalculation for the White House to send the president on a show that epitomizes Gen X cynicism.
“On Comedy Central, the joke was on President Obama Wednesday night,” Milbank declared. Coming “on the eve of what will almost certainly be the loss of his governing majority” to pay homage to the “gatekeeper of the disillusioned left,” Obama found himself being called “dude” by Stewart.
“The indignity of a comedy show host calling the commander in chief ‘dude’ pretty well captured the moment for Obama,” according to Milbank, noting that the indignity came in spite of the fact that “Obama had a friendly host and an even friendlier crowd.”
Truth be told, Stewart to his credit never had any intention of lobbing softballs the president’s way. After Obama’s “I don’t want to lump you in with a bunch of other pundits,” Stewart came back with “I don’t mean to lump you in with other presidents.”
Doing his now-routine riff of taking credit for preventing “a second Great Depression,” the president claimed “we have done stuff that some folks don’t even know about.” Stewart countered that with: “What have you done that we don’t know about? Are you planning a surprise party for us, filled with jobs and health care?”
And Stewart got comic mileage out of conjuring the image of Obama, the left’s icon of idealism, running for re-election “as a pragmatist.” Stewart taunted, “Yes We Can — given certain conditions?” To which the president found himself the butt of the joke by responding, “I think what I would say is ‘Yes We Can, but … ”
The president eventually got to finish the sentence in spite of the audience’s laughter with: “But it’s not going to happen overnight.”
President Obama may end up realizing something the hard way: that even Americans friendly to his political philosophy eventually recognize bunk when they gaze at it long enough.
There was the trillion-dollar stimulus that didn’t stimulate. There was the “tough diplomacy” that didn’t bring the Iranians to the negotiating table. And there was the use of legislative tricks to get ObamaCare passed after a state as liberal as Massachusetts replaced Ted Kennedy — Mr. Socialized Medicine — with a Republican and took away the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority.
What makes the president think that a humorist like Stewart isn’t going to take advantage of all the opportunities for humor he has given him? What makes him think that Stewart’s audience — for whom there are no sacred cows — isn’t more than happy to laugh at the president of the United States?
Did the president appear on the Stewart show because he is so deeply convinced of always being the smartest man in the room, and therefore impossible to laugh at?
In a misguided attempt to “connect” with younger voters, the president is hurting his own cause by turning to the funnymen — and more important, lowering the esteem of the presidency itself.
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