Monday, May 10, 2010

I Got Your Traglodyte . . . Right Here

So here's the link to the news story.

You might think I am being surreptitious, hiding the story in a web link so the President can't find it but I hear he's got people.

At any rate, if you don't have time in this busy, information laden world of 24/7 news cycles, radio talk show and Fox News "chatter" and the plethora of devices ready to deliver all that calamitous, undemocratic content to you at the push of an "on" button then let me sum it up for you:

The President claims in a commencement speech that he doesn't know how to use any of those rather ubiquitous products that have defined the culture of our current era. The unfortunate thing for the President in this gadgety, instant information age is that his own words are easily captured and quickly proliferated like in this case. Now he can't deny having said, "And with iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations -- none of which I know how to work -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation."

Well, I can say at least I am entertained by his words if not truthfully informed. And I enjoyed the ease of posting this to my Facebook page to which some serious-minded Obama-loving citizen paused long enough from his game of Mafia Wars to reply "Wow. Really looking for reasons to hate" all because I suggested the President was either a liar or so inept that perhaps the mantle of world power was too much of a challenge for his self-deprecated intellect. A week ago when I took issue with the possibility of a VAT to pay for the government run Health Care program that was crammed down on us two months ago the same F'booker took a respite from his game of Farmville to post "I am tired of all the Obama hating."

On one side of the web we have thoroughly researched George Will articles on Town Hall and witty editorials by Mark Steyn and on the other side of the ether we have those who would reduce all forms of opposition to simple hatred of the individual. It's pretty clear from many of the President's other speeches which of these he categorizes as uninformed rhetoric though and if you have to guess, then guess those of us reiterating Steyn and Will.

What this news story is telling us is you can't have it both ways. As a liberal you only think you can. As the article points out, you can't be using all these technologies to get elected and then, for the convenience of controlling opinions in a free speech society claim they have no relevance beyond that of mindless entertainment. So we are left to wonder is this President lying to us in a rather lame and ineffectual attempt to deflect criticism and divert us from certain sources of media we might choose or is he telling the truth? Because if he's telling the truth we all have reason to be supremely frightened. If this 48 year old self-styled hipster really doesn't know how to operate any of these all too common and intuitive devices, should we trust him to run the most powerful nation in the world?

But we all know, even those haters of the "haters", that he's lying, and feebly so. It reminds me of elementary school friends who lied habitually about some of the least significant facets of their personal lives to make themselves seem cooler or more relatable. We are all getting a glimpse into the insecurity of the much younger Barry, thrice abandoned by parents and in desperate need of approval (his current disapproval rating must be rather maddening).

I guess there's a third possibility, that he he holds us, the American people in such low contempt that he really thinks we are so stupid as to believe him and make all his lies true in our minds.

Most of all I've found this episode to be quite entertaining. The Carvey and Hartman era SNL skits write themselves if only in my mind.

But I understand if you are yearning for real entertainment, in which case, click here:

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