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‘Punch-Drunk’ POTUS Has a Hearty Chuckle at the Expense of the Recently Unemployed and Destitute
What the Heck Happened to "Hope and Change?"
Ordinarily a title like that would be far more attention-getter than accurate descriptor, but what else can we say when we see President Obama so shamelessly yukking it up at the expense of those suffering under his hapless, incapable “leadership” that a CBS reporter is forced to ask if his unseemly behavior is the result of being “punch-drunk”?
According to Politico:
President Barack Obama said he believes the global financial system remains at risk of implosion with the failure of Citigroup or AIG, touching off “an even more destructive recession and potentially depression.”
His remarks came in a “60 Minutes” interview in which he was pressed by an incredulous Steve Kroft for laughing and chuckling several times while discussing the perilous state of the world’s economy.
“You’re sitting here. And you’re— you are laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. Are people going to look at this and say, ‘I mean, he’s sitting there just making jokes about money—’ How do you deal with— I mean: explain…” Kroft asks at one point.
“Are you punch-drunk?” Kroft says.
“No, no. There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day,” Obama says, with a laugh.
The interview is Obama’s most detailed explanation yet of his view of the world economic crisis, and he makes clear that he’s afraid the nation hasn’t seen the worst of it – even invoking the possibility of a “depression” if a series of financial institutions collapse all at once.
“There’s gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day,” says the man who makes $400,000 a year but gets everything he wants for free anyway, who has his every whim catered to, who has his own plane and chopper, and who has never held anything resembling a real job, in the real workforce and economy, in his life — “with a laugh.”
Here’s a question: what the heck happened to the “Hope and Change” this man was supposed to bring to America with his accession to the White House? I suppose having a hearty chuckle on national television at those Americans who have lost their jobs, their incomes, and their savings in the last several months (with the bulk of the latter coming since the president’s swearing in a scant two months ago) is, in fact, a “change” from what every previous executive has done; however, something tells me rubbing America’s collective face in the current crisis isn’t exactly the brand of “change” that 53% who supported Obama voted for.
Further, what happened to the so-called “stimulus” and the omnibus budget, which, with their pork-barrel cornucopias of frivolous spending, were supposed to solve all of our economic woes?
“Change has come to America,” crowed Obama’s supporters on the day of his election.
It has come indeed. However, change in the form of an out-of-his-depth lightweight with nothing but tired, old revisitations of failed “solutions,” an utter inability to form a coherent, non-embarrassing sentence without a TelePrompTer, and jack-in-the-box laughter directed at those suffering most isn’t, by my estimation, the kind of change that Mr. Obama promised, or that America currently needs.