While there was a lot of stiff competition for the dumbest commentary regarding the Obama speech yesterday, I think I have settled on a winner- the assertion that Obama somehow threw his grandmother under the bus. The Powerline:
When seeking to extricate himself from the tight spot in which he has been placed by his long association with the spiritual leadership of Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama hauled in his (living) maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.
Steve Sailer (of VDARE fame):
But Obama is so superb with words that it’s perfectly reasonable to hold him accountable for choosing to slander his own living grandmother for his political advantage.
The Gateway Pundit:
Barack Obama threw his ailing grandmother who raised him under the bus today.
You can see where this is going. What did Obama say:
I can no more disown [my evil black angry Amerikka hating minister] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
Only in the minds of the fringe right can expressing a shared unconditional love with your grandmother be considered “throwing her under the bus.” It is almost as if the right-wing has thrown their collective minds under the bus, run over them, backed up for good measure, peeled out, and left reason and logic in a ditch for dead. Before I go on, I would be remiss if I did not mention this special attempt at stupidity from the “Astute” bloggers:
He mentioned his white grandparents twice. ONCE TO DIS HIS DEAD [ALIVE?] WHITE GRANDMA.
This tells me a lot about Barack Hussein Obama Junior.
Especially when you add to it the fact his memoir was called “Dreams of My Father” – and was chiefly about Barack Junior’s fixation on the black Kenyan man who abandoned him and his mother.
Deep down, Obama hates white people.
What can you say to stupid like that?
At any rate, you know whose grandmother really was thrown under a bus yesterday? EVERYONE’S:
The Federal Reserve reduced short-term interest rates for the sixth time in six months on Tuesday, capping an extraordinary series of measures it has taken to stabilize financial markets. The cut was smaller than investors had been expecting, though, and exposed some signs of a split among policy makers.
The central bank lowered its federal funds rate — the rate it charges banks for overnight loans — by three-quarters of a percentage point, to 2.25 percent, and left the door open to additional rate cuts in the months ahead.
Though it was one of the biggest one-day rate cuts in decades, investors had been betting heavily that the Fed would cut its key rate a full percentage point in response to strong evidence that a recession has begun and to the deepening crisis on Wall Street.
But two members of the Fed’s policy-making committee dissented, saying they favored an even smaller rate cut, and the policy group as a whole expressed new worries about inflation — a possible argument against any future cuts.
Everyone living on savings and a fixed income just took another swift kick to the junk yesterday as the Fed moved to bail out rich assholes who should have known better.
*** Update ***
This is just genius.