He couldn’t resist going punk for even 72 hours after the election:
Obama was asked at his press conference today if he’d spoken to all the “living” presidents.
“I have spoken to all of them who are living,” he responded. “I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any séances.”
O.M.G. What have the American people, and Obama’s foreign contributors, done? It didn’t even occur to him how nasty this would come off. Looks to me like he just thinks he’s the funniest guy in the room.
Then Obama punked out again by refusing to come before the cameras to apologize, even though everyone who loves, honors, or simply respects Nancy Reagan was insulted too:
President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan this afternoon to apologize for a joke about her having held “séances” in the White House, an Obama aide said.
“President-elect Barack Obama called Nancy Reagan today to apologize for the careless and off handed remark he made during today’s press conference,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “The President-elect expressed his admiration and affection for Mrs. Reagan that so many Americans share and they had a warm conversation.”
It’s as if he thinks if he apologizes through one of his peeps instead of doing it himself, he’ll maintain his street cred.
All you “with us or against us” types, if you think I’m “with” this, you’ve got another thing coming.
He didn’t even get the “joke” right: Nancy Reagan consulted astrology, while it was Hillary that tried to communicate with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt (excerpt added on Nov. 8):
Hillary Clinton had also sought spiritual guidance from decidedly less traditional sources. In the spring of 1996, she turned to “reflective meditation” sessions with New Age psychic philosopher Jean Houston. Hillary confided in Houston that she had always felt the presence of Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House. At Houston’s urging, Hillary actually sat in her room and “talked” to Eleanor Roosevelt. “I was a huge admirer of Eleanor Roosevelt — I wanted so much to be like her, to make a real contribution as First Lady,” Hillary said. “But after three years in the White House I felt stymied. I wanted to know what this brilliant woman would have done if she were alive today.” At this time it was not unusual for White House staff members to hear Hillary, behind closed doors, having animated — if one-sided — conversations with Eleanor’s ghost. “I try to figure out what she would do in my shoes,” Hillary recalled. “She usually responds by telling me to buck up or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros.”
Nov. 8 additional comment: But it’s only those Christian fundamentalists who are weird. (/sarc)
Geez, I really don’t want to spend four years calling out punkish behavior. If he avoids going punk until inauguration or for any 90-day period during his presidency, I’ll consider dropping the appellation. But if he doesn’t, it will be irresponsible to let it go.
Exit question: How do you DC-insider RINOs who voted for him feel now? Yeah, like me, praying that this 46 47 year-old man-child miraculously grows up in the next 75 days.
UPDATE, Nov. 8: Bearing Drift Ohio –
Had a talk show host or radio jock made a joke about Ted Kennedy, or anything like this about a Democrat, there would be calls for them to be fired, Olbermann would be pitching a fit and people would cry to boycott sponsors… But it was not a radio person. It was the next President of the United States who asked for a new civil tone and dignity in politics. …. looks like we are off to a great start for “change” (sigh).