Obama shows his sense of humor on the Colbert Report

Obama showed his sense of humor again when he appeared on the Colbert Report last night to prove he could do Stephen’s job, by taking over “the Word” (which he called “the Decree”).

You don’t have to be an Obama supporter to appreciate good humor.  (Heck, I thought Ronald Reagan was a pretty funny guy, too.  So was G W Bush, except we mostly laughed at him instead of with him.)

Obama has shown his humor before, especially at the annual correspondence dinners.  (Read the best lines from the 2013 and 2104 dinners!)  And it’s always nice when our leaders don’t take themselves too seriously.

 

The latest ridiculous conservative outrage

The latest outrage consists of making fun of Obama for wearing silly clothes at a recent summit in China, as you can see from this meme polluting the right-wing blogosphere.

obama china

I suppose I don’t have to point out that every other foreign leader was wearing the same thing, including Vladimir Putin, do I? And that every President before Obama wore similar garb?

Heh! It’s funny because the implication is that facts matter to these people.

What’s even funnier are the comments about the incident, which once more include two completely contradictory themes:

“We hate China! We should not be beholden to them. America needs to assert itself. The President should not bow down to China.”

and

“Hey, look! Obama looks real unhappy dressing in the traditional clothes they make them all wear at these things! And he was chewing gum when he arrived! How dare he not show proper deference to China!”

At least they are consistent in their beliefs.  No matter what Obama does, they hate it.

Obama is worstest President ever

“Absolutely terrible,” say Republicans about Obama.  “He’s hardly accomplished anything and what he did accomplish is ruining the country!”obama_100906.gi.top

Leaving aside the point that the reason he may have hardly accomplished anything is because the GOP has blocked everything and has passed fewer laws than any Congress in the history of our country, the real problem is that, by any objective standard, Obama has greatly improved many things in this country since he took office.

Unemployment is down to 5.9%, the lowest it has been since 2008.  The stock market is at an all-time high.  Crime is down, and it’s at the lowest rate since 1963.  Illegal immigration has declined.  The budget deficit is at the lowest it has been in years.

And then there are social issues.  Gays can serve in the military and can get married in many places.  Women and minorities have made great gains.  And people can get health insurance without being screwed over by insurance companies.

And there’s plenty more.

This doesn’t mean things are perfect.  Wall Street Banking criminals are still out free;  income equality is still outrageous; we’re spending too much on military hardware we don’t need and the army doesn’t want; there are still terrorists out there wanting to kill us;  we’re doing practically nothing about climate change; insurance companies are still ruining health care — but those problems would still exist under a Republican administration (and in many cases, would be even worse).

No, Obama hasn’t ruined our country.   You’re thinking of George W. Bush.  Obama has brought it back from Bush’s destruction.

So when Republicans say Obama has ruined the country, what they really mean is one of four things:

1. “He’s doing things I don’t like!  Gays getting married!  Claiming there’s climate change!  Giving poor people health care!  Damn socialist!”

2.  “He’s a Democrat and therefore I have to say he’s ruining everything because that’s what we Republicans do!  We don’t need facts!”

3.  “What’s the matter with you?  Isn’t it clear?  He’s a black man!  What, are you blind?”

4.  “Benghazi!”*

 

* Yes, that last one doesn’t make sense.  It never has.  Somehow, some conservatives think that’s all they have to say and it explains everything.

Disrespecting the military

There are some conservatives who claim they love the military and respect our veterans while cutting their benefits, sending them off to die in needless wars without proper equipment, and literally insulting them on their jobs.  Primary among these hypocrites are the idiots at Fox News — who scream about how Obama’s coffee salute demeans the military while then, within a few minutes, making sexist and demeaning comments about the military.  

Jon Stewart describes it better than I ever could (start around 4:00 in).  Sorry, WordPress won’t let me embed the video: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/b7hxzd/the-way-we-war

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Veterans aren’t standing for it either.  In an open letter to Fox News, they write: 

Thus the skill of women as fighter pilots is well established. And before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

Obama most popular president since JFK

Sure, Obama’s approval rating (currently 43%) is low.  But geez, stop believing the lie that it’s any different than any other President.  George W. Bush was at 42% at this same time in his Presidency.

Obama’s lowest score ever was 38% a few weeks ago.  Let’s compare that with other Presidents’ lowest scores ever:

Does this man look worried?

Harry Truman (22%)

Dwight Eisenhower (48%)

John F. Kennedy (56%)

Lyndon Johnson (35%)

Richard Nixon (24%)

Gerald Ford (37%)

Jimmy Carter (28%)

Ronald Reagan (35%)

George H.W. Bush (29%)

Bill Clinton (37%)

George W. Bush (25%)

Hmm.  Just using these numbers, it looks like Obama is the most popular President since John F. Kennedy. 😉

PS:  After writing and posting this, I realized some people may not get the subtle point I was trying to make with my smiley face, which is this:  You don’t look at one number to proclaim that a President is the “worst ever” or “most popular.”  George W. Bush’s popularity was tremendously high after 9/11 (as would any President’s be), but if you average out his term, it’s very low.

Better is to compare  based on similar periods.  All Presidents start off strong and drop over time.  Also, comparing poll numbers in the present day to those from Truman’s time where there was not 24 hour news coverage, lots of channels, the internet, and Fox News is probably not too enlightening.

Here’s a great link to a page where you can compare the Presidential ratings.

 

Equality at last!

Some time ago, when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State — one of the most powerful people in the friggin’ world — she was at a forum about foreign policy and the conversation went like this:

MODERATOR: Which designers do you prefer?

SECRETARY CLINTON: What designers of clothes?

MODERATOR: Yes.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Would you ever ask a man that question? 

And she was absolutely right.  The press always seems to talk about what female politicians are wearing, as if they are movie stars or something, and as if that mattered one bit.tan suits

Good news, everybody!  We have finally reached equality, because the right-wing media has decided that it matters very much what male politicians are wearing, too!  They’ve criticized Obama for wearing a tan suit recently, because tan suits are … um …  well, I am not sure why.  Presidents aren’t supposed to wear tan suits or something.

I am not making this up.

But hey, at least they’re discussing his fashion choices, which is just as important and relevant as which designers Hillary Clinton likes!  Equality at last!

By the way, because you know I was going to, here’s a collection of previous Presidents wearing tan suits.

Yes, we tan!

No Benghazi conspiracy, say Republicans

Hey, remember that terrible Benghazi conspiracy that was going to bring down the Obama administration?  The one that was an evil, illegal conspiracy because … well, they never actually explained that part, but it was certainly terrible because Fox News told us it was.

Well, guess what?  Here’s the funny thing.  The Republican-controlled Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives finally concluded, after years of investigations, that golly gee, I guess there was no conspiracy after all!   benghazi_scandal

“This report shows that there was no intelligence failure surrounding the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans. Our investigation found the Intelligence Community warned about an increased threat environment, but did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened, … which is consistent with testimony that the attacks appeared to be opportunistic.”  (from the Washington Post story of the report)

This comes after they lied about what previous reports had said, and after it was proven that the Obama administration was correct about the reason for the attack.

Aren’t you glad they spent millions of your dollars investigating nothing?  Well, don’t you worry your head, because prominent Republicans have vowed to continue to search for non-existent ghosts and continue to bash the President over this.   Fox News will continue to claim that there is a terrible scandal there somewhere and the only reason the rest of the media is ignoring it is because they are all subservient to Obama.  Benghazi will continue so long as it can be used to rile up the party faithful and get them to donate to the GOP.