On the other hand, attendees cheered Mahmoud Abbas and Robert Mugabe.
Another day, another conflict. Who could have guessed that life under Barack Obama would be so much fun?
The facts are pretty straightforward. On Thursday, the president issued an executive order that all flags on public buildings and grounds, military posts, naval stations, and naval vessels be lowered to half-staff through sunset Monday to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela. On Friday, Pickens County, S.C., Sheriff Rick Clark said no.
For starters, you’re to be forgiven if you didn’t know that the Department of Health and Human Services launched a competition in August titled the “Healthy Young America Video Contest.” You’re also to be forgiven if you didn’t know that the grand prize of $2,000 (gee, I wonder whose money that is) was awarded Monday to one Erin McDonald, whose entry appears here.
On Sunday, the president, in a moment of unscheduled and unintended hilarity, told reporters in Seattle that he is “not a particularly ideological person.” The line, delivered with a straight face, conjures up memories of late-night comedy pioneer Steve Allen, who told a studio audience that a snake that had been brought on stage was “perfectly safe.” Allen went on to quip, “You’re all in mortal danger, but he’s perfectly safe.”
If you’re going to run your presidency by executive fiat rather than by following the rule of Constitutional law, you had damn well better remember your own power grabs. This lesson sadly was lost on the current leader of the free world, who has found more creative ways to bypass Congress than any than any president before him.
When a heckler at an immigration rally in San Francisco on Monday shouted, “You have the power to stop all deportations!” a crestfallen Obama replied, “Actually, I don’t.” He went on to lament that he lacks the power of the legislative pen, which has been an ongoing personal (and actual) struggle throughout his presidency, as is reflected in the first video on this page,
About the only positive takeaway from the two latest iterations of the ‘Knockout game’ infesting our cities is that there were no fatalities. Possibly the worst takeaway is the reaction of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to an incident last Friday in Brooklyn’s Borough Community, which is predominantly Orthodox-Jewish. Kelly told the New York Times:
We’re trying to determine whether or not this is a real phenomenon. I mean, yes, something like this can happen. But we would like to have people come forward and give us any information they have.
Good thing the president of the United States is such an easy-going fellow, a guy who lets insults just roll off his back. A less mellow, more vengeful person in his position would order a tax audit on Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
the company, which serves Iowa and South Dakota, just released a trio of TV advertisements that poke fun at the Healthcare.gov website. According to the website of industry journal AdAge, each of the 15-second spots carries the same message:
Things don’t always work like they’re supposed to do. Good thing the government exchange isn’t the only place to buy health insurance. Just visit Wellmark.com/simple or call today.
“Not only does the website have the word ‘simple’ in its address,” author Ken Wheaton notes, but “it actually works.”
The campaign features the same hapless soul, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher (see photo inset here). Whether this was intentional remains to be seen. In one of the three bits, the bald actor struggles in vain to remove the cap from a urine sample collection jar. In another, a doctor is seen taking the patient’s blood pressure, but each time he presses on the bulb of sphygmomanometer, the device lets out a noise that sounds like a fart.
A spokeswoman for Wellmark is quoted as saying:
The ad campaign is designed to use humor to get attention so that we can share the message that there is more than one option to purchase health insurance. We’ve received positive comments so far from those who have seen them.
But Barack Obama has demonstrated repeatedly that he dislikes being the butt of jokes. In one notable example, the president went into full glower mode when a group of protesters at a fundraiser in San Francisco chided him, singing, “We paid our dues, where’s our change?” His dour reaction probably wouldn’t have made news if it weren’t for Obama himself. A reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle who dared to capture a video of the incident on her cellphone camera was banished from covering future presidential visits to the Bay area.
As for the Wellmark spots, Elizabeth Wilner, a vice president of marketing firm Kantar Media, has been tracking advertising surrounding the rollout of ACA. She told Ad Age, “Dozens of ads by BCBS organizations in various states have run the gamut from funny to jarring in the insurer’s effort to position itself as a reassuring solution to people’s uncertainty about their healthcare situation.”
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A new biography of Barack Obama is out and has been assigned to fourth-grade students in at least one Illinois community (Illinois is, after all, Obama’s adoptive home state), according to The Daily Caller (via EAGnews). A sample chapter, available at Google Books, ends with a “True or False” question. The question, which asks how many countries Obama’s family live in, is boring. No one cares about that.
This column is not in the habit of offering advice to the president, who in any case, I suspect, would be loath to accept it. But if Barack Obama wants to do himself and his country some good, he should speak out on the current rash of “Knockout” incidents.
The latest examples of this “game,” which is what black teens consider it, come out of the City of Brotherly Love, where the unspeakable practice has three new victims. CBS News reports:
Perhaps Fox News’s Todd Starnes was reading too much into an email from Barack Obama’s dark money group Organizing for Action. Starnes noted that the email contained the claim “Together, we’ve made serious progress as a nation under President Obama” and wondered aloud whether the writers were hinting at the phrase “one nation under Obama.”
If Starnes was overreaching, it was only because Obama — protestations to the contrary notwithstanding — appears to have no use for God. He never misses a chance to delete mention of the Almighty from historical documents that contain one.