Obama: Living Laboratory Demonstration that Sin Makes You Stupid

First, there was the debate.

Then, there’s the whinging because people are making him prepare for the next debate instead of just letting him do as he likes and bowing to his genius.

Now, there’s the unbelievable clumsy attempt to manipulate the crowd with appeals to SAVE BIG BIRD–which the makers of Sesame Street have rebuked in no uncertain terms.

The dude is starting to remind me of this piece of infamous bathos:

  • Rosemarie

    +J.M.J+

    >>>Speaking to a crowd of 15,000 in Columbus, OH the President said, “Today (Romney) decided we’re going after Big Bird. Elmo’s making a run for the border and Oscar is hiding out in a trash can.”

    Obama made a similar statement at a fundraiser the night before: “Elmo has been seen in a white Suburban… He’s driving for the border!”

    Y’know, if Romney, or any conservative or Republican for that matter, had made that crack, the MSM would be screaming racism. You see, Elmo’s muppeteer, Kevin Clash, is African American. Because of this, some people have occasionally remarked that “Elmo is black” (Google it if you don’t believe me). And, of course, the “white Suburban… driving for the border” thing is an apparent reference to O.J. Simpson (though it was technically a Bronco, not a Suburban). Bingo! Racism.

    (Yeah, I know it’s a stretch, but the MSM has used similar farfetched excuses to pull the race card during this race. I mean, talking about Obama golfing is racist???)

    Also, would Romney get away with comparing Elmo to a wife-murderer? Seriously, how does a tasteless joke like that help the president?

  • J. H. M. Ortiz

    Vatican II’s constitution Gaudium et Spes states (in Section 28) that “[God] forbids us to make judgments about the internal guilt of anyone.” Nonetheless, if “sin” be taken in the sense of what is objectively wrong in itself, even if done in ignorance and without internal guilt of soul, then it’s to be expected, I think, that even a person good in his heart (as well as one with a malicious heart) becomes numbed to the wrongness of customary actions, as shown, for example, by the fact that some well-meaning medieval clerics (ignoring or finessing Pope St. Nicholas’s condemnation of torture) approved of punitive and/or interrogative torture.

  • Ted Seeber

    It has occurred to me before that Big Bird needs no more funding. They simply need to start showing the episodes daily on a 10 year cycle- it’ll always be new to their target demographic.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      The Sesame Workshop receives gobs of money from numerous corporate sponsors; among them are Beaches Resorts, UnitedHealthcare, and Earth’s Best Organic. Not to mention what they get from all that merchandise with Elmo and the gang on it. Look, I’m grateful to Sesame Street for teaching me how to read way back when, and I don’t want to see them go, but I also think there’s no danger of that happening. They make millions every year. If the gov’t pulls funding the just have to find another corporation or foundation to make up for it, or release another Elmo DVD.

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        As if to prove my point:

        ‘Sherrie Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sesame Workshop,… says, “Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS. So, we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship. So quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.”’

        Sesame Workshop: ‘Big Bird lives on;’ we receive ‘very little funding from PBS’
        http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/04/sesame-workshop-big-bird-lives-on-we-receive-very-little-funding-from-pbs/

        See? No one’s gonna kill Big Bird. He’ll survive any government cuts. Give it up, Mr. President.

    • http://hezekiahgarrett.wordpress.com Hezekiah Garrett

      35yo insomniacs on the night shift AREN”T their target demographic?
      Actually, every decade, I probably forget, and it’d be new to me too. I just want them to end the series before someone finally gets stupid and put Bert and Ernie through a ‘commitment ceremony’.

      Don’t look so shocked! You all fear it too. I’m just not afraid to say it. ;-)

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        Can’t say I fear it all that much. Not since Bert, Ernie, and Sesame Workshop have spent decades denying all rumors to that effect. The show is directed at preschoolers and so rarely covers more mature topics like courtship and marriage (the one exception was when Luis and Maria got married and had a child, but that was about 23 years ago.) Though I must admit, I haven’t watched regularly since my kids outgrew it three or four years ago, so maybe I missed something since then (though I have seen new episodes from time to time).

        That’s not to say I think a change of mind would be impossible. But the show would have to go way downhill before that happens. Even without a Bert and Ernie ‘commitment ceremony,’ Sesame Street still manages to put a subtle, positive spin on homosexuality by having openly gay and lesbian celebrities appear on the show as guests. A few examples: Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, Rosie O’Donnell, Harvey Fierstein, Michael Jeter, Nathan Lane, Margaret Cho, Anderson Cooper, and Neil Patrick Harris. There’s no overt promotion of homosexuality, of course, but it could be a covert attempt to promote a positive view of gays since kids will like and recognize a star they see on Sesame Street. Or maybe not. I guess I don’t care very much, especially since my children aren’t watching anymore.

        • http://hezekiahgarrett.wordpress.com Hezekiah Garrett

          I was just kidding, Rosemarie. If I put a wink at the end, I’m putting my tongue firmly in my cheek, I promise.

          I don’t need directions. I have Sesame Street saved in my Favorites on my GPS! ;-)

  • Mike Melendez

    Ted Seeber has an excellent point. CTW is famous enough to stand on its own two feet economically. Numerous commercial stations would be happy to have them. They could even serve as a major revenue generator for the rest of PBS.

  • Brett

    “That piece of infamous bathos” kept Nixon on the ticket and helped him and Eisenhower win the 1952 election. It was also an accurate takedown of false accusations of financial impropriety against him by the Stevenson campaign.

    • http://hezekiahgarrett.wordpress.com Hezekiah Garrett

      Is that you, Liddy? Did he ever use that garden hose you offered him?

      • http://hezekiahgarrett.wordpress.com Hezekiah Garrett

        I am sorry. That was a terrible joke. I recently learned that a similar joke a couple of weeks ago, comparing someone’s defense of Romney as a pro-life politician to a girl getting molested on a date was taken not at all as intended. I don’t want to do the same here. You obviously aren’t G Gordon Liddy, and nobody deserves such a comparison

        • Brett

          I’ll say it again, this speech was given in 1952, twenty years before the Watergate scandal and all of the political corruption associated with the Nixon Administration.

          I don’t appreciate the flippant insult, but thank you for the pre-emptive apology.

    • Mark Shea

      And, who knows, maybe the Big Bird bathos will work too! There’s a sucker born every minute.

      • Brett

        Except that – again – everything Nixon said in the speech was true and the accusations he was responding to were false. I repeat, there are no modern historians, of any political affiliations, who believe that the charges he was responding to here were anything but false.

        Look, I get that the Nixon Administration was notoriously politically corrupt. But this speech was given twenty years before that, in 1952. Nixon was an actual person, not the physical incarnation of political corruption. I think it’s more interesting historically, not to mention more accurate, to watch how he transitioned from a relatively honest politician to a notoriously corrupt one over the space of twenty years than to pretend that he was birthed as the sleazy liar he turned into.

        • S. Murphy

          Just keep Jar-Jar Binks out of it, and we’re good.

        • http://hezekiahgarrett.wordpress.com Hezekiah Garrett

          THAT is a very interesting, and good point! We all come from somewhere, stuff happens, we change. For good or for ill, we change.

          Thank you.

          • http://hezekiahgarrett.wordpress.com Hezekiah Garrett

            Meant to ask, is there a particular Nixon biography you might recommend to illustrate your point? The more books I have to read, the less time I’ll be here.


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