Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Oh crap, I fear this (from the local Fox affiliate in D.C.) is about to become the biggest pseudo-news story in America:

UK Teenager Banned From America For Life Over Obscene Obama Email

A British teenager who sent an email to the White House calling President Obama an obscenity was banned from America for life, The Sun reported Monday.

The FBI asked local cops to tell college student Luke Angel, 17, his drunken insult was "unacceptable."

Angel said he fired off a single email criticizing the U.S. government after seeing a TV program about the 9/11 attacks.

He said, "I don't remember exactly what I wrote as I was drunk. But I think I called Barack Obama a p***k. It was silly -- the sort of thing you do when you're a teenager and have had a few." ...

Joanne Ferreira, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said there are about 60 reasons a person can be barred from visiting America.

She said, "We are prohibited from discussing specific cases."

Omigod! Fascism! FASCISM!!1!1!! Michelle Malkin is already whinging that "soft-on-jihadi scholar Tariq Ramadan" can come to the U.S., but this kid can't -- presumably because of one nasty word written while drunk. One!

Um, except that, according to the original Sun story, he wasn't banned (if, indeed, he actually has been banned) just for one word:

A Beds Police spokesman said: "The individual sent an email to the White House full of abusive and threatening language. We were informed by the Metropolitan Police and went to see him. He said, 'Oh dear, it was me'."

"Threatening" language? Funny, that aspect of this incident somehow didn't get into the Fox D.C. story -- I see "obscene," "obscenity," and "insult," but nothing about threatening language. Whoops! Must be an oversight on Fox D.C.'s part. (And on the part of Malkin, and this American Spectator blogger, and Fox Nation of course, and the Daily Caller's Jim Treacher, and this rightblogger, and the many to come.)

You can question a policy that takes drunken threats as seriously as those made with real intent, but that's not what this story is going to be about once it goes into wide release, which I think will be any minute now. It's going to be about Obama banning a kid for an insult, while allegedly allowing in people who want us all to die!!!!

Oh, and one more bit of likely subtext, from the comments thread of the American Spectator post:

All illegal aliens are welcome under Obama's "sanctuary" policy.

That's a crock, too, but it feels right to the right, and it could help push this story to the top of the faux-news charts.

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