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(Stupid) Quote of the Day

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:58 pm

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So Obama got elbowed in the face yesterday and ended up needing a bunch of stitches for a cut lip.  I know there is room to snark but I am not going to join that same club that felt it was endlessly funny that Bush choked on a pretzel or that Dick Cheney accidentally shot a guy.

But that being said, this has to be the stupidest comment regarding the incident, from Scott Simon:

I wonder if having a larger scar wouldn’t actually fortify President Obama’s profile, as he contends with Kim Jong Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Vladimir Putin. Imagine a president with a gnarly, vivid scar telling the rulers of China, “Nice country ya’ got here. I’d hate to see something happen to it if you didn’t stop foolin’ around with the value of your currency. Know what I mean?”

You know, if you wanted to have a president who is physically imposing, you might want to have hired the guy who survived a Vietnamese prison camp.  By comparison, I don’t think a basketball injury is going to impress anyone.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

47 Responses to “(Stupid) Quote of the Day”

  1. It is really telling when even NPR feels the President’s divinity is not enough to strike some fear into the likes of Kim Jong, Ahmadinejad and Putin. Really, he needs a gnarly, vivid scar to effectively drive home the point that We are America, don’t mess with us?

    Did they forget he was the change they had been waiting for?

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  2. Or choose a president that doesn’t throw or ride a bike like a girl. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you. *snicker*

    PatriotRider (8cd725)

  3. I’m not sure that a fat lip really qualifies as a dueling scar. (Man, if I had administrative access, I’d just love to embed that picture! But maybe this one is better. :) )

    The snarky Dana (bd7e62)

  4. Admitted I’m no athlete, but that’s not even particularly true, PR;

    narciso (9d0688)

  5. Excellent post, AW.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  6. I wonder what two scars would do

    happyfeet (42fd61)

  7. maybe he can intimidate the economy into giving up some jobs

    here is a fun new fact about how lame our economy is what I earned today on the internet

    “We’re fallen significantly in the number of people forming their own households,” he said. “They’re worried about the economy and they’re worried about their jobs.”

    Usually, household formation rises 1% a year or more as people get married, come to the states from overseas, and start careers.

    But the poor economy has meant that many grads can’t find jobs, and so they move in with parents instead or double up with peers. Fewer immigrants arrive and couples delay marriage. All of those things diminish home sales.*

    that makes us more like Europe, right?

    Yay! I wonder if we’re gonna do that groovy song contest.

    happyfeet (42fd61)

  8. Scott Simon is apparently very confused.
    Giving someone a fat lip is worth some street cred.
    Getting a fat lip but still making a 3-pointer is worth some street cred.
    But catching 12 stitches in some street ball?
    Dude, just cut up your street cred card and save yourself the embarassment of having it cut up for you by the next wimp who wanders by and starts running the dozens on you.

    Sam (03e9ef)

  9. what I *learned* today on the internet I mean

    happyfeet (42fd61)

  10. Yeah, those pick-up basketball scars certainly will put the fear in other world leaders.

    You know, Scott Simon has been one of the primary voices of NPR for, like, forever. He represents all that is intellectual for a good many people.

    May I just say that his comment is so inane on so many levels that he has essentially given up on being not just being a spokesman for the left, but he has bankrupted the notion of taking any comment on the left seriously.

    I am really and truly lost at expressing how clearly the media has become nothing more than a banal Newspeak for a cause long since dead.

    I don’t know whether to laugh at its incompetence or cry that it is still taken seriously.

    Ag80 (e828a4)

  11. If you utter a really really stupid opinion in a mellifluous voice does that mean it is not stupid?

    That seems to be Scott Simon’s working theory.

    Patterico (43506f)

  12. At 6’1″ (or maybe 6’1½”) tall, President Obama would already tower over Kim Jong-il (5’2″) and Hu Jintao (5’8″), but he’d lose that advantage completely with his bow of obeisance.

    The 6'2" Dana (bd7e62)

  13. I would say that Scott Simon needs to turn in his man card but he obviously doesn’t have one.
    A metrosexual pondering on manliness *snicker*

    SteveP (4375d0)

  14. Ouch! thats gotta hurt. I blame Sarah Palin and George W. Bush..!

    The Emperor (e5e7f3)

  15. Simon’s comment isn’t just stupid or inane. It’s bordering on a true impediment.
    Did he get a brain injury at some point in life? Does he collect disability for it?

    I guess you could call NPR affirmative action for mental defects.

    papertiger (900f3d)

  16. “I guess you could call NPR affirmative action for mental defects.”

    papertiger – No, it’s called catering to your mental defective audience.

    daleyrocks (df87cd)

  17. Just think how cool he’d look with an eye patch. Or a peg leg and a parrot.

    Kevin M (298030)

  18. What’s an NPR?

    AD-RtR/OS! (0ac8fd)

  19. That’s funny. I thought that Kim Jong Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Vladimir Putin were all taking turns giving the POTUS a fat lip.

    Icy Texan (a8367b)

  20. nudder stupid comment

    If she is really so “unelectable” then why all the fuss?*

    because, Dr. retard, if we nominate her and she loses we get more years of an incompetent dirty socialist

    how is that hard?

    happyfeet (42fd61)

  21. Real men, with real backbones and real cajones, don’t need scars.

    Icy Texan (a8367b)

  22. Drew, NPR stands for “Non-nuetral Paid Representative”.

    Icy Texan (a8367b)

  23. I’m heartened to see our tax dollars are funding such world-class insight.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  24. Anyone who has seen ‘Magnificent 7′ will remember the famous bar scene where the villagers go with Yul Brynner (Chris) to choose the toughest fighter…
    Villager 1: “How about that one over there? See how big his scar is?
    Villager 2: “We don’t want the one with the scar. We want the one who gave him the scar.
    Yul/Chris” “You’re learning.”

    TimesDisliker (358503)

  25. 6.I wonder what two scars would do

    Comment by happyfeet — 11/27/2010 @ 6:46 pm

    I’d guess he’s already got two scars. One on each side of his scrotum. And you see the result.

    PatriotRider (8cd725)

  26. This is a typical example of liberal humor.

    It has the rhythm of a joke, and it’s delivered as if it is a joke, but it isn’t one.

    But by repetition and conditioning, they correctly expect that like-minded liberals will react as if it is funny.

    See, they’re the ones with the sense of humor. You can tell because they are always laughing.

    Pious Agnostic (f24095)

  27. Some other yo yo on NPR supposedly said that the fat lip was a badge of honor because “only the most aggressive players get an elbow in the {chops} while going for the basket.”

    Well maybe so–or maybe some clumsy doofus stumbled and got in the way of an errant elbow. I’d hate to see what might happen to Obama on a squash or racquetball court.

    Mike Myers (0e06a9)

  28. Hopefully NPR will soon go the way of Air America.

    VoteOutIncumbents (078434)

  29. AW,

    Didnt Begalia lament tht 9/11 didnt happen under Bill’s watch?

    EricPWJohnson (e83e82)

  30. We’ve had a lot of presidents and presidential candidates who fought honorably in war. Truman fought in WWI as an artilleryman. Eisenhower obviously a career Army officer. JFK saw service as a PT boat commander in a vicious part of the Pacific War. George H.W. Bush was a pilot in the same war who was shot down. Bob Dole fought in a vicious campaign in Italy and was permanently disabled by his wounds. John McCain epitomized tough just by surviving the attempts of the vile North Vietnamese tortures.

    And yet we are supposed to be impressed that Obama got a minor cut in a basketball game?

    Who the f**k are these stupid clowns?

    SPQR (26be8b)

  31. And yet the called Bush Sr, a wimp, Dole, a bitter old man, one article in the Nation, suggested he had
    cheated to get his medals, but they ask us to walk on water for Priv. Al Gore, and Lt.J.g. John Kerry

    narciso (9d0688)

  32. Scott Simon needs to understand that menace is all about the eyes. No matter how many scars Barry has, he will still be Obambi.

    I remember the photo of Barry riding his bike in Martha’s Vinyard, looking like the dufus he is. The helmet was teh gay, along with his Dockers and white sneakers. And the seat of the bike was adjusted too high, completing the picture of a lame, unathletic-looking tourist. I thought neither Bush nor Putin would ever look so weak and silly.

    A scar isn’t going to help our dear Barry become muy macho…sorry.

    PC14 (4a4ed3)

  33. Congratulations, NPR. You’ve made defunding you a priority right up there with repealing Obamacare for me.

    ID (3e1a46)

  34. Just think how manly he’d be if Hillary lent him one of her balls.

    eaglewingz08 (74f660)

  35. If scars made you tough, then I would be one super duper uber badass. That was Yelverton levels of stupidity from NPR.

    JD (eb5afc)

  36. Comment by narciso — 11/28/2010 @ 9:52 am

    Let’s give AlGore his due, IIRC he was a Spec-4 assigned to Stars & Stripes as a correspondent (those typewriters were a bitch to hump through the bush – or from taxi-cab to cafe-table in Saigon/DaNang).

    AD-RtR/OS! (e2c6d2)

  37. I got a scratched cornea playing basketball once. What do I get, a Purple Heart?

    the wolf (7cffb6)

  38. the wolf asked:

    I got a scratched cornea playing basketball once. What do I get, a Purple Heart?

    On M*A*S*H, Frank Burns got a Purple Heart for getting (egg) shell fragments in the eye.

    The older Dana (bd7e62)

  39. And yet we are supposed to be impressed that Obama got a minor cut in a basketball game?

    Who the f**k are these stupid clowns?

    Comment by SPQR — 11/28/2010 @ 9:23 am

    The naked desperation to make a steadily more-unpopular, narcissistic Goofus of a president look just a bit less like the moral, political and physical 98-lb weakling he is, would be laughable if it weren’t so pathetic.

    no one you know (72db9b)

  40. My co-blogger Yorkshire just photoshopped a dueling scar onto our 44th President! :)

    The blogger Dana (bd7e62)

  41. While I agree with the sentiment that the comment was not that insightful, I do have some sympathy for someone who makes their living by talking, for “Where words are many, there is sin”, and certainly many less than sinful silly utterances.

    And there are more substantive criticisims to make, many more.

    MD in Philly (cac12c)

  42. Why doesn’t Scott Simon just get it over with and fellate him?

    Murgatroyd (fd5fcd)

  43. ‘Cause Glenn Greenwald is already in the way?

    The heteronormative Dana (bd7e62)

  44. Not likely to elicit much fear as Pres Obama will probably greet one of the Kims on his knees so as not to draw attention to the vertically challenged Korean leadership.

    Pat Patterson (56dc55)

  45. If I was Obama, I would send Bobby Brown in, and see how long it takes the Kims to figure it out.

    Then, I would come in with a smile and a handshake, saying, “OK, now which Kim are you?”

    TimesDisliker (358503)

  46. Mr Patterson wrote:

    Not likely to elicit much fear as Pres Obama will probably greet one of the Kims on his knees so as not to draw attention to the vertically challenged Korean leadership.

    Confusing our President with Mr Greenwald again, I see. :)

    The amused Dana (3e4784)

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