Obama’s Slip into Political Oblivion
On Firehouse Friday, addressing his choir in full gospel mode (catch his pronunciation of “unbelievable”), Obama delivered himself of a commentary which not only makes his Joe, the Plumber, comment sound like Ayn Rand but also represents a pivot point in this year’s presidential election.
The critical part of Obama’s populist-parasitic rant was, “If you got [an ugly word misused by the unwashed as a substitute for ‘own,’ ‘have,’ or ’possess’] a business, you didn’t build that.” [Emphasis supplied] Romney instantly used that quote to fire up his audiences, and conservative commentators have had, and will continue to have a field day with it.
Obama himself tried to lure the moving finger back to cancel half a line with the patently obvious observation that those who create and excel deserve some credit. Wow! What a concession. He added that what he meant to say was only that there were things best done by government rather than by the private sector. Like what? Mass transit? Schools? Housing? Health care?
The White House staff, which will be grossly overworked as long as the un-Great Communicator abandons his music stands and tries to talk on his own, finally came up with the tried-and-true “out of context” defense.
In this case, the staff raises a legitimate point. The “that” in Obama’s comment could have two possible antecedents: “business” or “roads and bridges.” The latter interpretation is silly, but at least it’s not quite as Marxist as the former.
Worthy of note is the fact that in one of Obama’s first wanderings from the electronic reservation, he manages to confuse, thus reinforcing the growing suspicion that Obama is not nearly as bright and literate as his gang would have us believe. Even Obama’s loyalistas might wonder if they’re voting for Obama or his speechwriters. This doubt will be quickly quelled by remembering that, after all, it was Obama, not his speechwriters, who had the “courage” to send SEALS into the inner reaches of harm’s way, a move that had the no doubt accidental effect of crediting Obama with the killing of OBL. You see, the SEALS didn’t do it alone either.
The Republicans can justify their interpretation of Obama’s comment by noting that “that” is the singular form of the demonstrative pronoun, which matches “a business” but does not match the plural “roads and bridges.” Another bulletin for Obama is that infrastructure is not some sort of gift from government but rather is built by private companies compensated from taxpayer payments.
In any case, this is a real in vino veritas moment for the country.
In the meantime, the Dems are prattling on about Romney’s outsourcing, which rings false on at least two fronts. The first is that Obama’s dealings with Solyndra and GE wrote the book on outsourcing; the second is that as the great global economist, Obama on this issue is sounding like a proponent of the Monroe Doctrine.
Is there no end to Obama’s hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty when a possible political advantage dangles itself in front of him?
(c) 2012 Gordon Osmond