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Thursday, December 24, 2015

President Louis XIV chimes in

Is it really possible the president is this out of touch:
If you read The New York Times‘ story on President Barack Obama‘s private meeting with news columnists Friday morning, you may have caught one quote that made the President look particularly bad:
In his meeting with the columnists, Mr. Obama indicated that he did not see enough cable television to fully appreciate the anxiety after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, and made clear that he plans to step up his public arguments.
The President of the United States failed to understand that Americans were anxious after two major terrorist attacks in Western cities because he doesn’t watch TV? It’s an admission that opponents are sure to use to make the president seem out-of-touch at best, and unconcerned about a serious threat at worst.
Leaving aside that the New York Times edited that paragraph out of its story without any mention that it was ever there. They claimed it was taken out for space reasons, even though it was replaced by a paragraph that was much longer. The fact that the New York Times has long since decided it doesn't care who knows it is sucking Barry's dick is really just not news. What is astounding is the president's utter disregard for a) the terrorist threat that faces this country and 2) the people who live in this country.

There really are only two ways to look at this. First, the president is telling truth and has no idea how the American people feel about anything if he doesn't see it on TV. He is famous, of course, for saying about various scandals in his own administration -- such as the IRS discriminating  against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, or his own DOJ forcing gun dealers to make illegal gun sales to drug runners, or the Veterans Administration putting veterans on waiting lists to die -- that he had no idea these things were going on until he read about them in the news. This interpretation makes it appear that Barry is Louis XIV, so out of touch with his constituency that he has no right to govern.

The only other interpretation is that he thinks that there is no terror threat and that the American people are a bunch of foolish sheep led by the media to believe that there is a threat where none exists. Unfortunately, earlier this week he basically said that:
President Obama said a “saturation” of media stories about terrorism was driving public fears andcriticism of his Islamic State policy during an NPR interview posted Monday.
“What is the public missing about your strategy?” NPR host Steve Inskeep asked. “And I say that simply because, according to polls, you don’t have very much approval for it.”
“Well, I think what’s fair is, post-Paris, you had a saturation of news about the horrible attack there, and ISIL combines viciousness with very savvy media operations,” Obama said. “And as a consequence, if you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you’ve been seeing, all you’ve been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you, so I understand why people are concerned about it.”
So remember, it isn't that there are terrorists out there and that the president is basically doing fuck-all to stop them. It's that you are a candy-ass pussy who is scared of your own shadow, worried about a threat that is no threat at all. Got it?

No fucking wonder polls show people think he's a fuck-sock when it come to dealing with terrorism.

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