Thinking On His Seat: Smartest Man in the Tomb and History's Greatest Orator Strikes Again

The default reliance on cliche is another tipoff that he didn't write his auto-by-proxiography.

Posted by Gagdad Bob at March 18, 2012 10:34 AM

Thoughtless jerk. They sure do a good job concealing that key sticking out His back.

Posted by Morgan K Freeberg at March 18, 2012 10:47 AM

Yep, one of the smartest men......ever!

Posted by Jimmy J. at March 18, 2012 11:07 AM

A little lesson in logic and language...not every nation can be our "closest" ally. They can be among our closest allies, but every nation cannot be the closest. Sounds a lot like empty flattery and pandering to me.

And his repetition of the lame boxing metaphor is (or should be) embarrassing.

Posted by proof at March 18, 2012 11:13 AM

The only other person I can remember expressing kitsch with such conviction is William Shatner. The difference is, he's self-aware enough to know it's funny.

Posted by Gagdad Bob at March 18, 2012 11:15 AM

He's beginning to sound punch-drunk, probably from leading with his chin too many times when trying to punch above his weight in his "negotiations" with third-world dictators.

Posted by Harry at March 18, 2012 3:32 PM

He's either punching below his weight, or being punched below the waist. Either way, he's not much of an ally to the American people.

Posted by Jewel at March 18, 2012 5:00 PM

Good to know that we have so many pugnacious allies.

They'll have our back after he dismantles our military, right?

Posted by rickl at March 18, 2012 5:09 PM

Where's Saturday Night Live, Colbert or John Stewart when you need 'em? Leave it to the Danes.

Posted by JimBobElrod at March 18, 2012 6:21 PM

SNL, Colbert, & Stewart say there is nothing mockable about Odumbfuck.

And they should know - they're professionals.

Posted by butch at March 18, 2012 10:51 PM

I think it demonstrates how lazy he is. It also shows that everywhere he's been, his laziness has been accepted and rewarded or ignored. He's been propped up, affirmative actioned and grade inflated to the point that he is very cynical about any need to hide how lazy he truly is.

57 states...Hirohito on the deck of the Missouri....RB doesn't end.

Posted by gary wishon at March 19, 2012 4:18 AM

Damn, that announcer sure is pretty.

Posted by Daniel at March 19, 2012 6:06 AM

Yeah, he may find that many allies around the world who "punch above their weight", but don't ever threaten to "call his bluff".

The man is a master of rhetoric. /sarc

Posted by azlibertarian at March 19, 2012 8:23 AM

He's just phoning it in, isn't he? Conservatives worry about his turning the country into a Marxist dictatorship in a second, lame-duck term, but I think that would be too much like work for him. Bending us all to his indomitable will would take up valuable golfing time.

Posted by Voton at March 19, 2012 9:18 AM

Probably why he sent Churchill's bust back to England. The statue was probably laughing at Obama's
lame and mind numbing rhetoric and empty words.

Posted by bill at March 19, 2012 10:45 AM

America: No stranger ally. Groveling below its weight.

Posted by Jewel at March 19, 2012 11:42 AM

Two things going on here.
1. He's spectacularly ignorant and incurious about these other countries, and so he falls back on tropes. He cares about a few things, and only makes/has time (and capacity?) for those. He also has the arrogance to think that a rich baritone and usually unflappable and phlegmatic demeanor, along with his self-perceived quick intellect, can mask his ignorance.
2. Denmark got short shrift becaus it was the source of all the Islammic cartoon trouble. Note how he also shorted Great Britain. The SCOAMF nurses grudges, and those grudges determine policy and diplomacy.

It'd be interesting in the extreme to see what would happen if Czar Putin came to town.

Posted by John A. Fleming at March 19, 2012 6:35 PM

For the members of the Fourth Estate, this is a horrendous nightmare. The kind where you know you have to wake up, you are wracked by convulsions, you feel yourself trying to claw your way back to consciousness, but it will not let you go. They must all know it, it's undeniable now. They are those Courtiers, and he is that Emperor, at least for those oldsters who were educated properly. And they and he are desperate to keep that child far away. The child that with a moment of spoken clarity, will cause all their downfall.

There was a recent report on the Internet that it only takes 10 minutes for an average intelligent adult to get a reliable measure of someone by talking with them. So his appearances are carefully metered, so that nobody gets to that ten minutes. You only ever see banal political speak, the few opening meaningless words, and then a quick cut to the talking heads to tell you what he said. Actually, what he wants them to say he said, as if he had said it because he had something meaningful to say.

He has nothing to say, unless it involves the use of We The People-granted government powers to deny, not secure, our ancient and God-given Liberties, He pursues a mythical fairness, along a well-trodden path that leads always to the killing fields.

God did not make the World a fair place. Instead, he gave us our Liberty, to make of our own lives what we will. It is a gift which the purpose of we do not understand: you have the Liberty to make the best with the time and talents you have been given, or to waste it all. Some people do not believe Liberty is a Blessing, but a curse. If I may, Republicans may thirst for death, but for Democrats, it is slavery then, slavery now, and slavery forever!

Posted by John A. Fleming at March 20, 2012 12:26 AM