Monday, April 27, 2015

President Obama And Self-Deprecation Are Mutually Exclusive

This year unlike the last few years when I tortured my stomach, I did not watch the annual President Correspondents Dinner which was held on Saturday night, April 26, 2015.  In the wake of all that is going on in this country and the world, I was not in the mood for all the yucking it up between the president and his sycophant journalist pals in the liberal media.  

Plus I knew from watching the past dinners of this president, that he would refuse to be self-deprecating like all of the past president's have been.  This, the most egotistical president in my lifetime, does not dare mock himself.  

But, I also knew that would not stop his liberal media friends from fawning over how great and funny his speech was and to "admire" how self-deprecating he was.  

What Obama did in the past and what I understand he did here, is he will name a criticism of himself by one of his "enemies" [like the tea party or Fox News Channel or some conservative politician] and then Obama will go on to mock the person or entity that made the criticism of him.     

Clueless liberal media, when Obama attacks a person who is criticizing him and makes fun of that criticism, that is not self-deprecating.  He is attempting to mock and demean the person who made fun of him.

Jonah Goldberg - @JonahNRO
That's why I was glad to see this great article by one of my favorites, Jonah Goldberg in National Review Online entitled, "Obama's Partisan Self-Deprecation".

Jonah says from his article:  "I don’t begrudge Obama taking partisan shots at his critics. He’s a politician. That’s what they do. But I am vexed and befuddled by the longstanding tendency of some in the press corps to interpret such shots as self-deprecating".

Jonah gave an example of this misinterpretation by the liberal press from an article in Politico where they praised Obama for laughing at "accusations" that he was a Muslim or born in Kenya and the Politico article said the president went on:  “Michele Bachmann actually predicted that I would bring about the biblical end of days. “Now, that’s a legacy. That’s big. I mean, Lincoln, Washington, they didn’t do that.”

How Politico or any pundit actually thinks that is self-deprecating, is mind boggling.  

Jonah Goldberg is 100%  right in his brilliant rhetoric that ended his article:  "Obama is not the punchline here, he’s the set up. The joke is on Bachmann. Fair enough, but please don’t suggest Obama’s humbly mocking himself."

Amen and thank you Jonah Goldberg!
To read Jonah's complete article and other articles in NRO please click here.

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