Barack Obama is known for his stirring, well delivered speeches that inspire people to, well, vote for him. It would be nice if he could use that ability to inspire people to make their own lives better rather than tell them the government is on the way to give them things if he wins, but that’s how liberals roll. (We subscribe to the Reagan philosophy of “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” But we only think that way because we still notice that after spending more than $6 trillion on the “war on poverty” that we still have pretty much the same rate of poverty we had when the “war” started.)
Off the cuff, however, Obama proves to be all too human, even Quayle or Bush like. When not reading the words off a screen, he’s not the best or the brightest. If “um” and “uh” had monetary value, his campaign wouldn’t need to charge $28k to have dinner with him, they’d be even more awash in cash than they are.
We don’t mention this inability to give a simple answer to a simple question to belittle Obama, lot’s of people are great public ad-libers and that’s not a disqualification from being President. We simply point it out because you’d think the guy walks on water and was preemptively ripped off by Shakespeare if you listen to the mainstream media talk about him when the fact is he’s simply human, and humans make mistakes. Humans say stupid things all the time. Sometimes the wrong word comes out of your mouth not because you’re an idiot (most likely, anyway) but because it just does. But the cover up of Obama gaffes is unprecedented.
Dan Quayle made some stupid statements, and with one mistake (potatoe) he was labeled a short-bus rider unworthy any consideration as a human, let alone President. (Don’t get us wrong, we wouldn’t have voted for Quayle either, but mostly because he was a squish.) Yet Barack Obama (and Joe Biden, for that matter) does not have his gaffes run 24/7 followed by commentary of how stupid he is like Quayle did, and President Bush does. We’re no fans of many of President Bush’s policies, but to simply call the man an idiot tells someone more about the accuser than the accused. We’ll let you figure that out.
That having been said, that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had in pointing out gaffes candidates make, because there is. For example, take a look at the 30 second clip below.
If the kid is drunk, by all means, give him a Breathalyzer. If the kid is having an asthma attack, you should probably give him an inhaler, not an inhalator.
Does this prove Obama is an idiot? Surely he should know the difference between at test for a drunk and aid for someone having difficulty breathing, right? No, it doesn’t make him an idiot, it makes him human. What makes him an idiot is when his campaign tries to use gaffes like this against John McCain. Remember the uproar they tried to start over the Sunni/Shia mix up a few months back?
Now you can see why Obama is bringing his security blanket, the teleprompter, with him on his campaign stops. Can he not answer simple questions from people or deliver a speech he must have delivered a thousand times before without the words being fed to him by that machine? Yes, he can. But he can’t afford to because his side, exemplified best by Media Matter for America, make a living off of people’s gaffes and normal human misstatements. Any simple, normal mistake runs risk of becoming Frankenstein’s Monster thanks to liberals, so Obama must now either disavow the practice or deliver canned AND read speeches and answers.
In politics, as in all aspects of life, you have to be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.