Thursday, November 20, 2014


Here's the header for Joseph Curl's opinion column in the October 12 Washington Times:

An excerpt from the column:
On Sunday, President Obama suited up for work.

He put on his pants (most likely one leg at a time, but perhaps not), then slipped on his black windbreaker, the one with the presidential seal on one side, his name on the other (in case he forgets who he is). He put on some comfy sports socks, laced up his shoes real tight -- it would be a long, hard day.

Then he grabbed his leather bag of tools, which also bears the presidential seal and the number "44" (in case he forgets which number president he is). He stomped out of the White House and boarded his presidential motorcade just before a pool of traveling reporters was ushered out (he would, again, go unseen for the day, not unlike Kim Jong-un of late).

That was at noon. And yes, you guessed it, the president was not off to "work," but to play golf -- and set a milestone in the doing. Mr. Obama was heading out for his 200th round since taking office. Two hundredth! Tiger Woods, perhaps the most famous professional golfer in the world, has played just 269 rounds since Jan. 20, 2009 -- and that's his day job. Go figure....

And now here's the header for today's column:

An excerpt:
... Despite his vow to work with Republicans, he will shove his executive order down their throats, intent on bringing conflict with the soon-to-be ruling party.

... But like the Joker, the president is intent on bringing chaos to America. In that "Dark Knight" scene, Alfred explains the Joker's true goal: "Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

Mr. Obama will say otherwise in his address Thursday night, but this is who he really is. And like the Joker, he is to be truly feared.
We know that the frothing lunatics of the right harbor two views of the president that are utterly in conflict -- he's a stumblebum affirmative-action underachiever and he's a tireless tyrant who uses his unlimited power to crush his enemies without mercy -- but it's just delightful to see this self-contradictory worldview presented so baldly by one person over the course of a little more than a month.

Bonus Curl excerpt from October 12:
Of course, the president couldn't just rush off to the course minutes after taking [an] important phone call [about a U.S. Ebola case] (unlike the time he delivered a statement about an American beheaded by terrorists and then left immediately to play golf on Martha's Vineyard). No, Mr. Obama dickered about a bit in the White House, heading to Fort Belvoir just before 1 p.m.

So, the president spent a few minutes on the phone, then five hours on the golf course. But then, that makes perfect sense: In the 40-second pool spray, shot from the walkway outside the Oval Office, one thing was glaring -- there wasn’t a single thing on the president's desk. Not a piece of paper, a folder, even a Post-it note.
I bet the Joker has a neat desk, too, because who needs paperwork when you're PLOTTING TO BURN DOWN THE WORLD?????


Philo Vaihinger said...

Parliamentary systems have ruling parties.

We don't, and it's a very misleading metaphor for what we do have.

And only supporters of parties that control the legislature but not the executive pretend we have ruling parties, or should.

The New York Crank said...

If the looney right has nothing graver to complain about than that the president's jacket has the presidential seal on it, they have nothing at all. They'r bankrupt of complaints, bankrupt of ideas and desperate.

Crankily yours,
The New York Crank

BKT said...

They wouldn't be as upset if he was going back to his ranch to clear brush for the 40th time in 6 years.

You'd think they would be grateful he was going off to play golf instead of unilaterally defiling the Constitution with his overreaching executive actions.

Glennis said...

He stomped out of the White House

Oh, heaven forfend!

I bet they thought it was cute when W liked to call himself 43.

Victor said...

President Barack Hussein Obama:
Part hamburger-loving J. Wellington Wimpy, part Bluto.

Greg said...

I do think there is a twisted logic to it, if you buy the premise that slacking itself reflects a conscious rebellion (you know, like Satan is said to have rebelled from God) against a clearly right path of industrious American bootstrappin'. So the slacking can be aligned with a fundamental dangerous dark power (you know, like Satan's purported power over the world sans a Saviour.)

Unknown said...

200th game while in office. 52 weeks in a year. 6 years in office.

So Obama hasn't even played a game a week. He's not even close to doing that. And that's what I would consider a reasonable amount for a man in his position. A game of golf a week.

Jesus, these people are hard up for reasons to hate Obama.