It’s time to Break It Down!
To be more precise, this is the direct quote the former (underscore unsuccessful) Vice Presidential candidate used recently to describe the President:
“An impatient president doesn’t just get to trample our Constitution and ignore Congress just because he doesn’t get exactly what he wants every time he wants it,” Palin said. “It’s like an overgrown little boy who’s just acting kind of spoiled. And moms, we don’t put up with that, do we?”
I’ve grown accustomed, over the years, to taking most comments made by the partial-term Alaska Governor with a grain or two, or twenty, of salt. She has a knack for creatively influencing media coverage with the best of them. Of course, she is most effective when operating in the friendly (to her) confines of the Fox News studio.
Alas, I confess, when she chimes in, or rather endorses the oft-repeated GOP meme of Obama as infant, I am more than a little troubled. This past Saturday at U.S. Representative Steve King’s (Republican – Iowa) Iowa Freedom Summit, Mrs. Palin joined a number of other Republican voices in promulgating the next new attempt to minimize the stature and significance of the Leader of the Free World.
Infantilizing rhetoric such as the quote above is becoming a GOP norm with this President. A few examples include:
- A few years ago, U.S. Representative Joe Walsh, Republican – Illinois, characterized President Obama as being “like a teenage boy.” Representative Walsh went on to add, “House Republicans effectively played the role of Obama’s parents.”
- Rush Limbaugh has referred to President Obama as “the little black man-child,” and further compared him to “a little boy” that women voters “want to protect.”
- The Wall Street Journal ran a piece last year in which a former Bush/Cheney administration official accused President Obama and his team of being “self-obsessed teenagers.” All total, the piece referred to President Obama and his team as “teenagers” six times in nine paragraphs.
Republicans have systematically skewered Democratic Presidents going at least as far back as Presidents Carter and Clinton. In those cases, however, the pattern did not include the insinuation that the President was less than adult. Frankly, all the certain to be deniers notwithstanding, it strikes me as just a sneakily backhanded way to malign and otherwise disparage a black man, who just happens to be Commander-in-Chief, by calling him “boy.” It is a slur. Not so vile and repugnant as the infamous N-word, but a racial slur, nonetheless.
All this reviewing of the GOP mind set regarding the President leads me to an interesting idea. Mrs. Palin has exuberantly told us what she thinks of our President. In turn, I wonder, what do you, gentle readers, think of the imperious Sarah Palin? Let’s transform this post into our very own plebiscite. That’s right; I am inviting you the readers of this post to weigh in and share your thoughts on Mrs. Palin. Feel free to make your opinion known, be it brief or exhaustive.
In my own view, if one were comparing and/or contrasting President Obama to any of the characters referenced above who assessed, shall we say, his “level of maturity,” versus theirs, objective observers would almost certainly find unanimously, that President Obama is the “adult in the room.”
“Sarah Says: POTUS is Like “An Overgrown Little Boy!”” What do you say? Comments are welcome; let me know by responding in the Blog Comment Section.
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