We’ve waited six years for Media to find her self-respect and pull out of this “Fifty Shades of Grey” relationship with President Boyfriend. I suspect she’ll swallow her pride and get over being abandoned on the side of a gravel road while he runs off to a million-dollar party, where it costs fifty grand a plate to get in on the conversation. After all, Media didn’t object when he made her wear a blindfold and straitjacket to visit his border “refugee” camps. When he told her to call him a “bear” and squeal with glee when he ducks out on his duties, she eagerly complied. He told her only his photographers would be allowed to cover his photo ops, and left her hanging in a cage. She laughed right along with him when he subsequently declared he doesn’t even do photo ops. Even when she found out he was spying on her, she only protested for a few days.
As it happens, some details of what Obama has been saying at those No Middle-Class American Voters Allowed fundraisers have been slipping out anyway. You can see why President Boyfriend wants to keep Media on the side of the road, so she doesn’t blab about anything else he’s saying. Here’s a choice clip from a recent Seattle appearance, courtesy of Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard:
I am very proud that we have ended one war, and by the end of this year we will have ended both wars that I inherited before I came into office. But whether people see what’s happening in Ukraine, and Russia’s aggression towards its neighbors in the manner in which it’s financing and arming separatists; to what’s happened in Syria?–?the devastation that Assad has wrought on his own people; to the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise?–?although we’re trying to see if we can put together a government that actually can function; to ongoing terrorist threats; to what’s happening in Israel and Gaza. Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people.
Hayes does a terrific job of deconstructing this out-of-touch twaddle:
These are remarkable words from an American president. They suggest that Obama either doesn’t appreciate the causal relationship between his policies and the current crises?–?or doesn’t care. He is proud that he has brought about the “end” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he seems not to understand that the unrest he goes on to describe is their direct result: How those wars ended shapes how others perceive the United States and its role in the world.
He does a great job of building from this observation, so I don’t want to steal any of his thunder – read the whole thing, as they say – but I’d contribute another observation: I’m not even sure what the hell Obama is talking about in some of the brain farts his donors paid thousands of dollars to hear. He thinks the problem in Iraq is that Sunni, Shia, and Kurd aren’t compromising, and he’s going to fix that by getting them into a drum circle? They’ve been invaded, Mr. President. Fair enough to say that one of Iraq’s previous problems was a less-than-inclusive central government, but we’re a bit past that now, don’t you think?
And that “old order” didn’t just crumble on its own once Barack Obama ran American foreign policy into the ground. It’s being actively torn down by people who have different ideas about what the world order should look like. They’ve got a “new order that’s based on a different set of principles” ready to go, but it has absolutely nothing to do with “a sense of common humanity” based on “economics that work for all people.” That’s what the old order held dear – the American-led order Barack Obama couldn’t wait to do away with.
The idea that the man who beat America’s economy into the dirt has anything to say about “economics that work for all people” should be a laugh line in a sitcom. He thinks he’s slipping in a cute point about his “income inequality” ideology, but his idea of “economics that work for all people” translates in practice to “economics that work for the aristocracy and its special friends.” Don’t take my word for it – look at the last six years of actual results.
Media’s a bit steamed about the contemptuous treatment she gets from Obama, but she’s nowhere near ready to bail on this submissive relationship yet. At most, she’s thinking it might be a good idea to keep her audience from hearing what President Boyfriend says, especially when the bear is loose, and unplugged.