If your last name is Obama and you live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, then you have been the subject of a barrage of off-handed, tragically well-intentioned remarks. The latest attack on First Lady Michelle Obama’s physique comes from Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin. He was recently overheard saying "she lectures us on eating right while she has a large posterior herself."
Sensenbrenner, a white male who seems even more bloated than Rush Limbaugh (yes, the same Rush who last February claimed Obama’s figure does not compare to those of "Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue" models) is the latest in a long line of Michelle-haters. The height of this absurdity, you’ll recall, had to do with actual criticism of tops she wears, which expose her well-toned bare arms. The real kicker is more than just her right to bare arms; it’s what those two obese men chose to compare her with. I cannot for the life of me recall a First Lady who motivated me to compare her to the women in Sports Illustrated’s most famous wintertime pullout.
In hindsight there is, of course, nothing wrong with Michelle Obama’s shape. Nobody required Laura, Hillary, Barbara, Nancy, or Pat to take the SI photo-shoot, so why would any man make this comparison regarding Michelle? Perhaps there are other factors at play here, and by that I don’t mean healthy foods.
It’s sad to say, but that was the good news. A few days earlier, a former Tea Party candidate and libertarian in California named Jules Manson went to his Facebook page and called for the outright assassination of the President: "Assassinate the f-----g n----r and his monkey children."
It’s believed Manson was upset over one of Obama’s military policy decisions. Though he or Facebook later deleted the not-so-veiled threat, the hateful words remained on his wall long enough to attract hundreds of comments against him. Once again, the MAO (Mad At Obama) Syndrome rears its ugly head. The President is smoking out racists without even trying. Is it possible some that of these people didn’t even know they were racist prior to his getting elected?
You would think this particular guy knows he has a last name that works against him. Manson posted a weak apology that seems to reprimand people who judge him over his vile words, which he says were "careless, emotionally driven remarks." As expected, he got a visit from the Secret Service the following Monday and they searched his home and computer. While he claims the matter is over, the New York Daily News quotes a source who says, "it’s an open investigation." Let’s hope that’s not the only thing opening for Mr. Manson - prison doors should be opening for him as well. He deserves to be made an example of regardless of whatever risks there are of making him into a martyr.
Just before the Christmas weekend, actor Matt Damon - once a well-known Obama supporter - seems to have fallen for the same trick more others have, breaking with Obama over second-hand information.
"I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them told me ‘never again, I will never be fooled by a politician.’" Damon went on, "you know, a one term President with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better."
Barack cannot seem to catch a break with some of these people. Jesse Jackson once wanted to cut his balls off and Damon wants him to have balls.
Damon has been critical of Obama before. Last April, Obama shot back, saying, "well Matt, I saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau’... right back at ya buddy."
Still gullible like most of Obama’s liberal critics, Damon’s latest salvo at the President came just prior to the signing of the $858 billion payroll tax cut bill that extends the Bush-era tax cuts while extending unemployment benefits, and a one year social security tax cut that should save workers $1,000.
So it is, a President who has kept over 80% of his campaign promises has to serve a country full of hard-to-please extremists, whiny actors and old men who are obsessed with his family’s anatomy. Who needs a vacation?