- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2013


Comedian Rodney Dangerfield famously said if you want to look thin, hang out with fat people. Apparently the president has embraced the analogous dictum that if you want to look intelligent, surround yourself with those who aren’t.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in his fervor to trample the Second Amendment, proclaimed that women should protect themselves by indiscriminately firing a shotgun into the night. That little gem of illegal lucidity was quickly followed by Mr. Biden’s “just shoot through a door” comment. During his first overseas visit, Secretary of State John F. Kerry put America’s best foot forward by making up a country (Kyrzakhstan), then following that up with the comment that Americans have a “right to be stupid.” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, pilloried in confirmation hearings for his abject unpreparedness and general ignorance of the workings of the Pentagon, said he was going to try really hard to learn the job.

With Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano’s release of thousands of illegal immigrants awaiting deportation, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius shepherding the recent $6.2 trillion increase in the projected cost of Obamacare, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan incapable of defending his sequestration sob story, this pantheon of dullards makes the president look absolutely Einsteinian. Yet despite the president’s incessant campaigning on the fiscal calamity of a 2 percent budget cut, the sequestration that was his idea — one that he oddly now calls “dumb” — has resulted in an economic yawn.

As this rudderless administration’s malfeasance continues to play out, perhaps more of America will finally wake up to Team Obama’s intellectual dishonesty. Perhaps the feckless flushing of taxpayer dollars can indeed be stanched without economic Armageddon.

Dangerfield’s signature line was “I don’t get no respect.” Mr. Obama’s line is “perpetual crisis.” The more the president uses his line, the more we should apply Dangerfield’s.


Stafford, Va.



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