Hey look, it’s time for yet another example of right wing faux-outrage, this time over Obama joking around with Netflix executives about liking the show House of Cards. ZOMG! He wishes he could blackmail and murder people too! So says Joseph Farah with his usual hyperbole:
You can tell a lot about people by what they watch on television.
They say you are what you eat. It’s also true that what you choose to consume with the eye says much about your soul.
That brings me to the subject of Barack Obama’s favorite television show.
It’s a Netflix weekly drama called “House of Cards” featuring Kevin Spacey.
It’s about how corruption is the key to getting things done in Washington.
It’s also explicitly pornographic. You won’t see a single episode that doesn’t include the most ridiculous examples of gratuitous sex, meant only to appeal to the prurient interest of voyeurs.
Gosh Joe, it sounds like you watch the show. “You can tell a lot about people by what they watch on television.”
All that would be disturbing, given the occupant of the White House has become a public promoter of the show. But it’s much worse than that.
Here’s what Obama has said about “House of Cards”: “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient. It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man this guy’s getting stuff done.”
There’s no question that Spacey’s character, Rep. Frank Underwood, gets things done.
For those of you who have not seen the show, he gets them done through blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation and even murder.
So I have to ask myself: What is Barack Obama doing promoting this show? Why is he giving interviews saying he wishes things could be done the way Frank Underwood does them? Is it appropriate, responsible and thoughtful for a president of the United States to champion blackmail, extortion, threats, intimidation, lies, provocation and murder as the best way to do business in Washington?
Yeah, because he was so totally not joking. That’s why he was chuckling and everyone else in the room was laughing out loud, because he was being totally serious.
But outrage! Be outraged!