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“Dude” Looks Like a President?!

28 Oct 2010

It was just a couple of years ago when left-leaning celebrities like Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, were gushing over a wannabe president from Illinois.  Indeed, back then, Mr. Stewart called his segments, “Indecision 2008″ as one final swipe at sitting President George W. Bush.

What a difference a couple of years makes!  What we’re seeing in today’s political climate is what I’ve been saying to you for years–the president’s role is not what you think it is!  I’ll explain in a minute.  But, first, even though I didn’t vote for the current president, he IS the president and Jon Stewart needs to direct an official apology to the man occupying the Oval Office.  Mr. Obama is certainly our elected “man-of-the-people” and should appear to be one of us but at the end of the day, he’s still the most powerful man in the world and I’m just not convinced a jokester calling the president, “Dude” is where we need to be right now–especially since it seems we’ve lost direction, conviction, morals and people-to-look-up-to.

(See all segments of the interview here or here.)

Dude is something I say to my pals not a president.  I’ve interviewed and/or met four presidents and would fully expect my dad to rise from the dead and kick me in the face if he ever caught me disrespecting anyone in authority in such a manner, let alone the Commander-In-Chief!  I may have thought or said mean-spirited things about presidents and politicians but when the top dog is in front of you, the last thing you should do is to pull out the “dude” card.

Disrespect aside, there’s much more going on in the Stewart/Obama interview.  Obviously the president went on The Daily Show to reach a liberal and younger base.  He needed to fire these people up so they could create the same kind of fire-in-the-belly mentality seen at the voting booths two years ago.  It back-fired.  Terribly.  Stewart (who no doubt told Obama handlers in advance that he would ask a few tough questions) went for the jugular in an sometimes accidental but often back-handed sarcastic sort of way that threw the president off of his planned game.  Once “timid,” Obama was lost.  ”…Larry Summers did a ‘heck of a job’…pun intended…” and “…Yes we can, but…”

The “pun” was NOT intended.  He screwed up and tried to cover it up.  He failed in his explanation of healthcare, unemployment and the direction of the country too and how in the world could he obliterate his entire 2008 campaign slogan by adding a “But?”  No doubt the republicans will be all over that one!

Stewart wasn’t trying to become a legitimate journalist.  Instead, he was channelling the mindset of millions of Americans, young and old, who supported him only to watch this president and his congress spend trillions, oversee a multitude of bankruptcies, foreclosures, jobs lost and an economy on-the-ropes.

But, the role of a president has shifted a bit over the years.  He is still the voice of a powerful nation and can still move politicians in a particular direction but his movements today are like throwing a rock in a really big lake–the ripples happen immediately but it takes a bit longer for the lake to notice.

That’s where America has been for a while!  The housing crisis?  It is directly on-the-shoulders of Presidents Carter and Clinton.  The current economic problems are easily traced to the end of Clinton’s and most of Bush’s eras–including years where a republican president and his republican congress spent like crazy.  Now Obama has to handle situations, just like that ripple; they started before he was ever in office.  And, the decisions he’s pushing now won’t really be felt for years either; things like “ObamaCare” and a Supreme Court that is becoming more liberal by the day.  The latter is where the absolute power lies–change the direction of the Court and you will ultimately change the direction of a nation for years to come, if not forever.

Mr. President we can see glimpses now of how your brand will be stamped on our country long after you’ve retired and more and more citizens are frightened by that magnitude which is why they want your “yes men” in the legislature to disappear.  (In fact, while I write this, a new poll shows that 65% of Americans would vote out every member of congress if they could.)  Right now, we’re feeling the things that have been coming down the pike for a very long time.

And, if it’s this bad now, how much worse will it be after we add up every action of Barack Obama’s own daily show?

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October 28, 2010 3:53 pm Reply

Totally agree with you. I was appalled to see the POTUS referred to as “Dude”, even by an imbecile like Stewart, who you don’t expect much from in the first place. But the bigger issue is, why does Obama go on this show in the first place? I mean, can this guy diminish the office any more than he already has? Apparently yes.

November 13, 2010 10:25 am Reply

Not to get all “Glenn Beck,” but looking to Washington he set the precedence well. When his colleague Gouverneur Morris bet Alexander Hamilton, that he could approach Washington, slap him on the back, and say “My dear General, I am very happy to see you look so well.” To which Washington stared at him icily until Morris slinked back into the crowd.
It’s the current POTUS’ disdain for the office, as well as his constituents that disallows him from requiring any respect.
I do wonder, Darrell, what you think of Bush’s disappearance from the public eye, until recently. Is that out of respect for the office, in that he doesn’t want to disparage the presidency any further?

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