Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Jon Stewart on the Obama "Gaffe"
The opening segment of last night's "Daily Show" was a brilliantly hilarious summary of the furor created by Barack Obama's comments about the "bitter" Pennsylvanians who turn to guns and religion in their angst.
Stewart covers the media's response to Obama's comments, and Hillary's sudden love of firearms, as well as showing some cute clips of her drinking at a bar somewhere in the depths of Pennsylvania. (She actually seemed to be having a genuinely good time with the bar's patrons, I must admit).
Whether or not you thought Obama's words were "ill-chosen" or condescending, Jon Stewart did a great job of showing the media deluge of commentary about Obama seeming "elitist" by saying what he said.
I particularly liked Stewart's comments toward the end of this clip:
"Doesn't elite mean 'good'? Is that not something we're looking for in a President anymore?"
and, to the candidates:
"If you don't actually think you're better than us, then what the f**ck are you doing???"
"Not only do I want an elite President, I want one who is embarassingly superior to me!"
He has an excellent point. Since when is it a good thing for our presidents to be "someone I'd want to have a beer with"? Why is it a good thing for the President of the United States, the most powerful country on earth, with the ability to wipe out the rest of humanity, to be someone who is no better than the average Joe on the street?
Shouldn't we at least have some kind of job requirements for President? A certain IQ level, perhaps, or a test they should be able to pass? Maybe at least some good references?
Heck, people who adopt pets have to pass more requirements than the President of the United States!
I'm sure you will agree that there has to be a better way to elect a President than the way it's being done today. I just don't know what it is.
Hope you enjoy the "Daily Show" video!