Reasonoid Gene Healy declares that President Obama’s “hope-and-change act”has descended into self-parody. Since it’s coming from Reason, the odds of comedic hijinks involving morose trombone stingers are unintentionally high. His main argument is that the President noting last week that he feels his story hasn’t been told correctly is laughable because the President talks too damn much as it is, and it passes unfiltered through the media apparently so there’s nobody for Obama to blame but himself.
Cue the brass section.
Obama considers himself a sophisticated and nuanced guy, so you wouldn’t think his descent into self-parody would be quite so unsubtle.
Anyone else out there for the explanation that a lack of storytelling, explaining, and inspirational speeches was the great sin of the Obama presidency? According to CBS’s Mark Knoller, in his first two years in office, the president clocked 902 speeches and statements and gave 265 interviews. Anybody who talks that much runs the risk of saying too much. Case in point, this gem from the president’s speech Friday in Roanoke: “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Inspiring!
To recap, A) Healy is attacking the President’s supposition that he’s had issues being taken out of context and getting his message across by providing a perfect example of taking the President’s message out of context, with our wonderful media regularly inventing such faux controversies out of whole cloth, and B) there’s little greater self-parody than writing lazy nonsense like this for an outfit called “Reason”. The context of that speech was of course that the President was referring to businesses not building those terribly soshulist public goods: roads, bridges, infrastructure, education, the internet, all anathema to the Reasonoids and their glibertarian ilk. The full passage makes that clear:
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
You can’t make this stuff up, I guess. Glibertarians are just Republican doucheknockers with better vocabularies anyway.