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Verbal Whoring Employed To Defend A President Who Would Rather Golf

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:42 pm

[guest post by Dana]

How pathetic to see Jeh Johnson so easily sink to such a low level of bullshit in an effort to defend President Obama from criticism that he hasn’t visited made a flyover of flood-ravaged Louisiana to see the devastation firsthand:

As I said, the president can’t be everywhere. I know he has a very busy schedule this fall and in the coming days, and, um, he is closely monitoring the situation. Uh, when you’re the chief executive of the entire U.S. government, uh, you can’t be everywhere, uh, including places you would like to be.

Oh for f*** sake, just say it already: President Obama is precisely where he wants to be, and doing exactly what he wants to do. Period. He is an adult who made the decision to live out his priorities this week. And he doesn’t seem to have a problem showing us that his priorities are playing golf and eating in expensive restaurants with the one-percenters. So why infantalize him and make excuses for the grown man that a majority of Americans twice deemed mature and responsible enough to become the President of the United States? What, he’s a child now and needs to be treated as such? Verbally debasing oneself to protect this man-child from criticism only speaks to the fact that the president, of his own free-will, has indeed, and yet again, stepped in it. Hysterically, it took a visit by Donald Trump to compel the White House to announce the president would be making his own visit to the state next week. Anyway, it’s the president’s own damn fault that the optics of HIS decisions only reinforce his incredibly tone-deaf arrogance and self-centeredness. At the very least, he could have made a symbolic gesture of sympathy toward suffering Louisianans by, I don’t know, putting up the clubs for the week. But he didn’t. Or he could have interrupted his vacation and returned to Washington. But he didn’t. He wanted to play instead. Play golf, that is… But, please, can we let the adult who has the title of President of the United States assume responsibility for his OWN actions inaction. After all, he just wants to eat his waffles:


Last night, I pointed out the lack of headline coverage in the Washington Post and New York Times regarding Trump’s visit to Louisiana. In such media outlets, all things Trump are typically given top billing. And it’s typically negative because Trump just keeps giving the media so much to work with. I see that Jim Geraghty expands on this, reminding us about Big Media’s litmus test of usefulness, administered when national tragedies and disasters occur:

If you view the national news media, based in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and a handful of other cities, as way too monolithic in its political views and driven by conscious and subconscious agendas, the half-hearted-at-best interest in these stories isn’t that hard to explain. These stories aren’t easily used to advance the narrative that Republicans are bad and Democrats are good.

If a terrible natural disaster in Louisiana can be blamed on a Republican president, then it’s one of the biggest stories of the decade. If the lack of a public statement on a Louisiana disaster during a presidential vacation might reflect badly on a Democratic president, it’s best to treat the flood as a “page A4″ story, check-the-box journalism.

If there really is a giant and widening cultural gap between America’s elites and the rest of the citizenry in “flyover country,” how much of it is driven by narrative-minded journalism? If you die in a particular way that can advance the Democrats’ legislative agenda, your death is going to be an enormously big deal. If the circumstances of your death are politically inconvenient to the Left – Brian Terry or the Benghazi four or those who died on the waiting list for the VA — there are no greater lessons to be learned or need for further action; it’s just an unfortunate set of circumstances. One set of citizens are in the picture; one set of citizens on the periphery get cropped out. It just doesn’t fit the picture that someone wants to create.


31 Responses to “Verbal Whoring Employed To Defend A President Who Would Rather Golf”

  1. These people!

    Dana (995455)

  2. “What does the president think about Kate Steinle?”


    Remember that gem from Josh Earnest?

    They are mocking us. It’s worse than clever or tricky trolling. They are being as obnoxious as possible, as transparent as possible, to stick it in our faces.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  3. … and what grown man named “Jay” actually spells his name J-e-h ?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  4. Louisiana went 58% for Mitt Romney in 2012, dat’s what it’s all about. Plus that the Obama administration, from Obama on down, is the most successful bunch of welfare queens in history.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. he needs to be home keeping his compulsively twerking daughter off the reefer

    he can’t just come out and say this

    i understand

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  6. Hurricane Katrina occurred on Democrat Governor Kathleen Blanco’s watch.
    And now this flooding has occurred on Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards’ watch.
    I’ll allow people to draw their own conclusions.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  7. Obama doesn’t care. He isn’t up for election. All he knows is running for office and playing golf (badly to look at his swing).

    Give the guy a break ! The country is better off with him on the golf course.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  8. Mr happyfeet,

    Malia was at a party on Martha’s Vineyard that got busted up by the cops. No word yet on whether or not Barack believes the cops acted stupidly.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  9. harvardtrash gotta be trashy

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. The real GDP/capita growth rate YOY of the US economy has declined below its 65-year trend for the first time since 1939; other economic parameters like industrial production have diverged.

    If Obama were able to run and be elected for a third term, I have read that he would win by a large margin.

    PTS (ce7fc3)

  11. At least he’s not wearing Mom golf pants.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  12. Can we just admit that golf is a game for f*cking elitist pansies already, and be done with it?

    Leviticus (b6f0da)

  13. The current total of 15,372 courses in the U.S. is down from a peak of 16,052 following a “gradual, but steady, market correction,” the report said. Although there are 153 projects in various stages of development, the number of new courses being opened is at an all-time low.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  14. Can we just admit that golf is a game for f*cking elitist pansies already, and be done with it?

    At least when Obama plays it.

    nk (dbc370)

  15. A drive for show. A ‘putz’ for dough.

    Zero excuse for this.

    Remember, a party that opens its national convention showcasing illegal aliens as featured speakers on national television, coast-to-coast, is not a party in this cycle that is good for America at this time.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  16. Cruz Supporter

    More likely that Malia was at a Secret Service mixer.

    Pinandpuller (928ad9)

  17. It’s OK, Dana. Welcome to the internet, Mr President, where we can fact-check your ass.

    Hurricane Katrina occurred on Democrat Governor Kathleen Blanco’s watch.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 8/20/2016 @ 3:28 pm

    As I remember it, I can be wrong, but I seem to remember that FEMA was begging her to declare a state of emergency so they could start setting up for rescue and recovery before the hurricane was even on-shore. That pic of all those school busses- all that transportation that could have been used to evacuate some of New Orleans- sitting in a few feet of oily, fetid water, totalled and unrepairable told you just how incompetent Nagin and Blanco were.

    Bill H (971e5f)

  18. Greetings:

    And where is that Chocolate Mayor of Chocolate City these days ???

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  19. of course, remember what major community organizing outfit was based in new orlean, james o’keefe reminded us, did it have anything to do with nagin’s stand,

    narciso (732bc0)

  20. The man’s name is fuggin’ Jeh, I do think some of the ol’ soft bigotry of low expectations and blood pressure may be called for here, like if his name were, say, Jeh’Marcus.

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  21. jeh comes from a far left family, like hiring dzerzinski as head of state security,

    narciso (732bc0)

  22. I think the structure and tone of his face probably mattered more than the tilt of his spectrum in the hiring decision is all I’m saying.

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  23. “no matter their ethnicity or gender, their first color is red”

    It’s certainly not an administration that cares to put out a lot of white or Jew despite their great contributions to Communist theory and practice. He’s a token black face with a reassuring demeanor who’ll say anything to defend his charge and keep his job, of course he’s going to defend dumbly, and of course the FedGov Media won’t say anything. Communism is just the circle of friends they grew up in.

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  24. well his predecessor was an italian woman, factually speaking, red queen would pick the alien looking tom perez as his successor,

    narciso (732bc0)

  25. the former started out as anita hill’s lawyer 25 years ago,

    narciso (732bc0)

  26. And we still don’t know where he was throughout the Benghazi crisis.

    KMM (e0704c)

  27. Regarding media bias: Michael Goodwin has a great piece in today’s NY Post about the collapse of American journalism.

    The MSM has always been biased, of course, but the current Presidential election has led them to drop any and all pretense of fairness.

    Here’s the link:

    Deuce Frehley (73c323)

  28. Deuce: Perfect, when all communication organs are easily confirmed frauds, the justification for force becomes much easier.


    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  29. … and what grown man named “Jay” actually spells his name J-e-h ?

    He isn’t named Jay. Nor was his father. So why would they spell it that way? You might as well ask why people named Stephen don’t spell it with a V. Or why Nixon didn’t stick an E on the end of his middle name just because it sounds like it ought to have one.

    Milhouse (5a188d)

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