Stories of all kinds about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are arising from the unpredictable world of election politics. Some stories are informative and some are just plain insulting to Mr. and Mrs. America who will be casting their votes for president in just a few short weeks. Why does it always seem that one requirement for running for public office is the willingness of the candidate to have one foot on a banana peel and the other on a slippery slope?
Forrest Gump told us that ‘stupid is as stupid does’. That reminded me of the explanation Al Gore offered to explain President Obama’s lackluster performance in last week’s first presidential debate. According to the former vice-president, Mr. Obama was suffering from a lack of adjustment to Denver’s high altitude.
The President, Mr. Gore suggested, just should have arrived a little sooner to the area so the fog would clear from his head. I’m not a political strategist, but if this is the story Al Gore is sticking to, someone should take back his Noble Prize and worry about the influence of altitude on his brain. Then the President’s appointment secretary should be fired.
Moving almost immediately into damage control mode, President Obama gave us something very important to think about when he tried to throw our beloved Big Bird under the bus that Mitt Romney was driving. Maybe he should have tossed Al Gore there, too, but only if the bus ran on corn oil.
What genius thought it was a cool idea to feature, in a new Democratic ad, a sad Big Bird, who senses he is heading for the unemployment line after many years of distinguished service to others, thanks to Mr. Romney and his ‘cuts’ to fluff programs such as PBS television. This ad offended me, largely because Big Bird is a real star and his talent was simply wasted in this very lame ad. Even Oscar the Grouch would agree.
Note to Democratic strategists: Maybe it’s a better idea for the President to focus on real people who have real problems such as continued unemployment and fear that their middle class life will soon be a distant memory.
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