O Gaffes Overwhelm

President Obama you make it too easy!

I wanted to highlight your gaffe, bungle or outrage of the day, but they are coming so Fast and Furious I can’t keep up.

Take Thursday. You made a rude joke at a gathering hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Now most of us are not prudes, but we don’t expect the President of the United States, the Commander in Chief, head or our nation and representative among foreign powers to stoop so low. Not only did your sly wink to gays offend your wife, it probably struck gay people as blatant pandering. It’s like the obnoxious classmate who so wants to be your friend that he dogs and flatters you so much it is disturbing. Where’s your dignity?

Yesterday you held a news conference to redirect attention back to you from Scott Walker’s victory and the crescendo of concerns from both parties over security leaks. In the 29 minute pathetic press conference, in which you answered three easy questions from sympathetic reporters, you shot yourself in the foot. “The private sector is doing fine” you declared about the economy. Really? Since when? Are a mere 69,000 jobs created last month (most of which were part time, by the way) indicative of this?

You just handed Republicans a bloody standard to wave repeatedly over the next few months. The Wall St. Journal noted that your statement

“looks primed to play a starring role in this already-fevered campaign season…Within minutes, Republicans including House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), the Senate minority leader, reacted.

Mr. Obama’s Republican presidential challenger, Mitt Romney, called the comment “an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding” by the president. “I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people,” Mr. Romney said at a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Mr. Obama sought to clarify the remarks later in the day, saying “it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine.” He nonetheless again noted the rebound in private-sector job growth and corporate profits to contend that the private sector has “not been the biggest drag on the economy.”

Either way, in an election year likely to be defined by voters’ perceptions of the economy, the damage was done.

Your handlers must be wringing their hands. They can’t let you out there without TOTUS – the teleprompter of the United States. You’re not good at winging it are you? I wonder if you have used a piece in your ear at other times where they could feed you the answers. Better check back on that one.

Mr. Obama is looking less like the president of the United States and more like the preezy of the United Steezy. Or Sleezy. Guess that late night talk show host got it right after all.

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