Editor's Note: Peter Heck returns to the studio and to the Liberty Tree on June 18.
This is going back a few days, but words can’t express how irked I get watching programs like The View. I know they are geared towards women, but sometimes I sit and ask myself, “What women actually would enjoy this stupidity?” Nevertheless, I happened to catch a few of the early moments of Barack Obama’s recent appearance on that program.
In case you didn’t hear about it, the President made a very bizarre statement that to this point no one has really been able to figure out. He said that any election is going to be tough when you’re named Barack Obama. What does he mean? That the great unwashed masses are so racist and bigoted that they can’t possibly accept someone named Obama to be their president? Uh, didn’t that ship already sail past the dock in 2008? Or is Obama concerned that a bunch of non-racist and non-bigoted people that overwhelmingly elected him in 2008 have suddenly turned bigoted and racist in the last 4?
How desperate can you be to avoid making the obvious recognition that people’s discontent is fueled by how poorly you’ve done your job, man?
For what it’s worth, I’m glad I’m not the only one scratching my head over Obama’s mindless remarks – which by the way, managed to secure wild applause from the dingbats in the crowd. I say that with all the love and respect that they would extend to me. Here was NRO’s Jonah Goldberg trying to make sense of it as well:
Watching the video from The View, it is hard to know what Obama meant by the line. Noah’s right that it didn’t sound like he was claiming the forces of bigotry are always going to make things difficult for a guy named “Barack Obama,” though that’s how it reads on paper. If that is what he meant, it’s an awfully uncharitable description of the country he is supposed to be representing and leading. The forces of bigotry could only make the election tight if they exist in sufficient numbers to constrain the share of votes available to a black president with a “foreign” sounding name. Is that really something the man who gave that One America speech in 2004 wants to be saying? It’s also pretty ludicrous given that he had the biggest margin of victory for a Democrat in nearly a half century.
Joy Behar clearly thought that’s what he meant — why else throw in the bit about his middle name? Behar’s attitude is precisely that sort of smug self-righteousness that will hurt Obama in this election. Recycling the tired narrative that voting for Obama is a way to prove you’re not a bigot won’t work the way it did in 2008 because Obama actually has a record now. His presidency isn’t an abstraction, it’s something people have lived with.
I hope that Goldberg is right – that line about how Obama’s smug self-righteousness will hurt him this time around. We always hear about how Obama is the smartest president we’ve ever had. That obviously has been proven false. In its place, perhaps its time we recognize he is the most narcissistic president we’ve ever had.
Oh, and if you have any insight into what the president meant, please let me know.