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October 09, 2009

CBS: Is This a "Mission Accomplished" Moment? Is Obama a Joke? Is This a "Poisoned Chalice"?

Yes, yes, and yes. Today officially marks the start of LOLTUS.

Mission Accomplished? And whatever will SNL do now? (Answer: Nothing, unless Jim Downey is guest-writing there this week. But Stewart will have to.)

Today’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement raises the question: Is a negative caricature of President Obama now fully developed?

One thing that eluded Mr. Obama during his presidential campaign was that he was never successfully lampooned by the Republican Party…

Well, today’s announcement - while totally out of the president’s control - finally may have handed his critics their own “Mission Accomplished” moment.

Like the Democrats did after President Bush prematurely declared the Iraq war “accomplished” on that aircraft carrier in 2003, the right is already using the Nobel prize as an opportunity to hammer Mr. Obama for not having accomplished what he’s being honored for.

And they fret that Obama is in fact now finally funny:

[Also problematic for Obama is] the comedy gold that the blogosphere as well as the late night talk show hosts and "Saturday Night Live" will exploit to no end.

In fact, there's already a joke formula that's exploded: fill in the blank with your favorite award (Oscar, American Idol, etc.) and say that President Obama has already won it without accomplishing anything to deserve it.

And give credit to the folks at "SNL" who were a week early when they mocked Mr. Obama as all talk and no action last Saturday.

Bob Schieffer on CBS earlier quoted a European commentator who wondered if the prize were a "poison chalice" for Obama.

On Friday’s CBS Early Show, Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer wondered about negative political fallout from President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize win: “one European commentator who said ‘will this become a poison chalice?’ In other words, is this going to hurt the President rather than help him?...is this going to widen the part of partisan divide rather than bring people together?”

Actually, what they really worry about is that it's going to alter the partisan divide and move some voters from weakly supporting Obama to weakly opposing him. And it will.

Read on in that Newsbusters piece, and you'll see the Leftwing Media treating the Nobel Prize as a situation requiring... Damage Control.

Glor went so far as to treat the prize-winning as a scandal in need of damage control: “Bob, how quickly or easily do you think the White House and the President can tamp down the controversy and all the questions we’ll hear this weekend?” Schieffer advised: “ I think what they have to do is just go back to business and get back to doing and facing all the problems and trying to resolve the problems that are on their plate right now. There’s really not much they can do about this besides what they’ve already done, I think.”

That's the same advice given to Bill Clinton when he got caught with Lewinsky.

As noted at Hot Air, the DNC says anyone who's laughing at Obama "sides with the Taliban."

They seem to have forgotten that the White House just declared the Taliban a non-enemy and furthermore said the Taliban should share in governing.

So they're saying we should share in government? I think they'll get that wish.

(By the way, they also said we're siding with Hamas, which, as was pointed out downblog by DrewM., endorsed Obama for President.

And, furthermore, the crushing weight of everyone laughing at this means, apparently, we're all terrorists now. The DNC echoed Bush's threat -- you're either with us or you're with the terrorists -- and we all (including half the Leftwing Media, and a White House aide who reacted to the news by asking if it was April Fools Day) collectively chose to laugh it up with the terrorists.

Among the terrorists' most frightening weapons? Mirth and ridicule.

The Question: Let's say you're dating a girl. Let's say it's not going very well.

Let's say you'd like to give things time with her, but she might want to break up with you before you have that time.

What's your best hope here? Well, you hope that she doesn't start seriously pondering The Question of whether she wants to stay with your during this rocky patch.

Because, if she does, she'll probably break things off, eh?

So you're hoping The Question doesn't occur to her, or at least she doesn't think too hard about it, until things maybe start to get a little better between you.

You don't want The Question asked when you're not really doing so well.

This is the problem that the Nobel committee has tossed into Captain Wonderful's lap.

Real unemployment is at 17%, he tripled the deficit to $1.4 trillion, we're looking at possibly two generations (40 years!) of economic malaise and endless debt, Iran's about to get the bomb, he continues to dither on Afghanistan, a war he swore he'd win, he's a hyperpartisan archliberal (at best), he can't get his own party to vote for his leftwing healthcare plan, his primary community-organizer supporters moonlight as child-sex-trade enablers, etc.

Obama does not want voters thinking very hard about The Question -- this one, whether voters support him, or even think he's competent at all -- at this time. He would very much like them to delay thinking about this question until he gets a little bit of good news.

When will that be? Who knows. Maybe no for a long time. But definitely not now.

This ridiculous, laughable non-achievement not earned by Obama forces the public to start answering The Question at the nadir - so fa-ar! -- of his young, failed presidency.

And he didn't need that.

His ego wanted the prize and overwhelmed what little sense he had. Had he thought this through, he would have realized he did not want people asking The Question "Does this guy know what the hell he's doing?" now.


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