Monday, May 23, 2011

Enough with the presidential pub crawl

If you ask us, the President's trip to Ireland today seems like a waste of time and it's a distraction from more pressing issues, not the least of which is the President's recent gaffe regarding US-Israeli foreign policy.

Quite frankly, it's "silly" campaign public relations by the White House meant, among other things, to reinforce the President's release of a long form birth certificate back in April.

But hey, when it comes to "silly," we didn't coin the phrase. Check out the juxtaposition of these quotes from the President:

"We do not have time for this kind of silliness... We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do."
President Barack Obama, April 27, 2011, commenting on the release of his long form birth certificate and the need to refocus on political issues such as the budget crisis, rising gas prices and the nation's debt ceiling.

"My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas. And I've come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way... 'Is feidir linn', Yes we can."
President Barack Obama, May 23, 2011, on the first leg of a European trip, celebrating his ancestral ties to Ireland.

Look, we have nothing against artfully-crafted campaign stops (in fact, we admire them), and we're honestly not trying to resurrect the so-called 'birther movement' (no takers for that argument here). Our point is that the White House is delivering a mixed public message to suit its own purposes, and the hypocrisy and lack of leadership are worth noting.

Either the President's ancestry is an issue worth our collective national attention or it's not. If it's not worth talking about - as the White House told us back in April, and as we're still willing to concede - then why are we being dragged through events orchestrated by the White House to reinforce the image of the President's Irish ancestry in an election cycle?

Enough with the presidential pub crawl. Enough silliness. Let's move on to talking about the issues the President himself has said need our attention, including: foreign policy; how to get people back to work; how to lower the cost of gasoline, houses and groceries; and, how to resolve a $14 trillion national debt.


  1. Read the first line and tuned out...because nope, nobody asked you!

  2. Well, too bad, you missed a good post...

  3. Great post. I thought this last two years was all about JOBS, not doing genealogy. How about staying home and working on the budget/deficit? How about the debt ceiling? How about the devastation in MO? Or what about our borders? Pres. Obama is not focused on doing his real job.

  4. Maybe events like these are really being staged because the Obama presidency looks best when seen through the bottom of a glass.

  5. You may not want to revive the birther movement but 25% of your fellow repubs still do. Unfortunately Obama has been forced to deal with these idiots.

    Fact is he is on a working trip through Europe. Ireland as you might have heard is in Europe. Next Stop London, then France and then Poland. Just because the media is so stupid as to cover only him in the pub, you might remember he also conducts state business behind closed doors on these trips.

    Wonder if you would have written such a blog when Ronald and Nancy posed for this photo.


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