President Obama gave a speech Wednesday, a part of which genuinely boggled my mind. Now, I know you’re probably thinking I’ll quote a stirring bit of admiration of the heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy so many years ago. After all, Wednesday was the anniversary of the Day of Days. But no. The President didn’t honor D-Day save for a lone tweet from his Twitter account (by comparison, “he” tweeted about “paycheck fairness” 23 times over the past two days).
Today’s mind-boggling moment cane during a speech at a fundraiser before an LGBT audience. I suppose he’s patched things up a bit since he revised his revision of his revised views on gay marriage, at least enough to rattle the tip jar for them a bit. At any rate, in the midst of his remarks, he dropped one of the more inappropriate comments I’ve seen from a President since, well, the last Democrat we had in office. This is from the official pool report, as quoted by Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio.
“Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” he said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down” – a line that he let hang, naughtily provoking laughter from the crowd.
BuzzFeed provided a transcript of the relevant section (not available at present on the White House web site) that is a bit different.
I want to thank my wonderful friend who accepts a little bit of teasing about Michelle beating her in pushups — (laughter) — but I think she claims Michelle didn’t go all the way down. (Laughter.) That’s what I heard. I just want to set the record straight — Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well. (Laughter.) So she shouldn’t feel bad. She’s an extraordinary talent and she’s just a dear, dear friend — Ellen DeGeneres. Give Ellen a big round of applause.
Okay, now I want to be fair here. President Obama probably didn’t mean to make an oral sex joke at the expense of his own wife. It is most likely that he fumble-tongued (no pun intended) his way through the comment and paused because, well, he knew he had just said something truly stupid. On the other hand, we have been told more times than there are starts in the sky that Barack Obama is a master orator, a speaker without peer in modern politics, a man who handles the spoken word like Paganini handled the violin. If that is true, then it’s reasonable for us to assume that he meant to deliver that crude remark about his own wife before an audience he was absolutely sure would get the joke.
So which is it: inartful remark or crass sexual joke about his wife? Either way, it reflect poorly on the man who holds the highest office in the land. I suppose we should be thankful they didn’t have lunch at the YMCA before the speech. It could have been worse.
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