You say “potatoe,” I say “potato.” …
Anybody old enough to recall Vice President Dan Quayle will probably recall the hullabaloo when Quayle publicly misspelled the word “potato.” It was a media frenzy that hit like a hurricane and lingered for the rest of Quayle’s career, branding the vice president forever as some sort of idiot who couldn’t even spell.
President Obama hosted a concert Thursday at the White House to honor women of soul music, and during his speech he suffered a Quayle-like lapse: “When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved.”
Today, there are plenty of stories floating around that note the flub, but none that seriously take the president to task. That’s fair, considering it’s just a simple slip of the tongue during a public speaking event, and it must be an easy mistake for anyone to make (especially when your teleprompter commands you, or in Quayle’s case, a teacher-prepared flash card).
It should have been the same way for Quayle, but the media turned it into a defining moment. Quayle was the youngest person elected to the Senate from Indiana, and he served multiple terms in the House and the Senate. He was an intelligent guy; not a genius, but reasonably intelligent. The media made him a moron.
Today, we have a president who served part of a term in the Senate, most of which was spent running for the White House. His state legislative record includes 129 votes of “present” (about 3 percent of the votes he cast), and his overall experience before achieving the presidency screams “gimme.”
It’s not like Obama did no work, but any objective assessment of his career would have to note that he wouldn’t be where he is today without a lot of help from key people with the right contacts and lots of money. He has a reputation even among his aides for being lazy.
And unlike Quayle, Obama has a long history of boneheaded decisions, actions and ideas that have caused embarrassment, suffering and actual harm to Americans. His ineptitude has given this White House a global reputation and made it the punchline of jokes at many an international gathering.
The difference here is the media. We all know the mainstream media have a leftward slant and are almost uniform in their protection of the liberal agenda.
But there have been so many instances when a truly watchdog media should have jumped to investigate and they didn’t, it raises the question of whether we even have a free press at all.
Sure, they’ll chuckle at the president, but take a serious incident like the current situation in Ukraine, or Syria, or Benghazi, or the ongoing failure of Obamacare, or the illegal usurpation by this president of Congress’s constitutional powers, and the media are either in full cover mode, making excuses for the president at every turn, or they are simply nowhere to be seen.
In the media’s priorities, what’s a constitutional crisis or a president’s use of the IRS against his political enemies compared with “Bridgegate”?
Treating the president like a child celebrity instead of the leader of the free world has brought about nothing but harm. Our country is slipping deeper into a tyranny, and most news outlets remain seemingly oblivious, even though many of the facts surrounding this Administration’s scandals are well known.
Journalists across this land need to examine their motivations — not only why they cover Obama the way they do, but why they got into journalism in the first place. News people are supposed to hold themselves apart from government and in a position of public guardian against political abuses.
Today’s journalists seem to consider themselves as little more than PR people for the Democratic Party and liberal causes. It doesn’t help that so many would-be journalists rarely even come into contact with conservatives.
Obama gets far too much respect from the media, even if he can’t spell it.