18 November 2012


by Andy Weddington
Sunday, 18 November 2012

"I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases." Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States)

Last Wednesday's presidential press conference, still under digestion, was quite the game - with home court advantage to the president.

As noted in earlier comment, the only serious question of the hour-long waste-of-time was posed by Ed Henry, chief White House correspondent for Fox News Channel. He asked Mr. Obama about his immediate actions in response to the desperate calls for help from Americans under attack (four ended up being murdered) in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th of September. Mr. Henry, though posing a 'yes or no' question, did not ask "yes or no?". And that's too bad.

So, the president dribbled left, right, behind his back, and between his legs; gave a couple head fakes; held the ball, and to the press pool's glee though from Chicago not a Harlem Globetrotter, spun it atop his right index finger; and then, eventually, 195 trash-talking words later, clumsily bounced the ball off his foot out of bounds. That is, he did not so much as attempt a shot - an answer. Oh well, time was up.

And then the questions returned to more important matters like carbon emissions, global climate change, and whatnot. You know, the sort of questions the president, an expert on all things every - as so recognized by a Nobel Prize, can slam dunk while looking presidential.

But four Americans, on duty abroad, dead is a serious matter. The president's non-answer to Mr. Henry's simple question enough to call him on it by helping to inform and motivate Americans to quit spectating and engage: Hence, 'Mr. President, Yes or No?' http://acoloneloftruth.blogspot.com/2012/11/mr-president-yes-or-no.html

The only other remarkable moment came when the president, surprisingly, stuck his neck out to defend the honor and work of U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. Or at least her work, that's indefensible, on Sunday, September 16th.  

It was a rather awkward moment that, in essence, was a couple of men - President Obama and Senator (John) McCain - dueling with a woman between them; with Secretary Rice shoved there by the president. Senator McCain not in the room, attending to important business elsewhere with maybe a TV tuned in to the press conference as background noise, was plotting counter punch. Any blood drawn in the heat of battle was metaphorical and for entertainment purposes only.   

Well, thinking back to Sunday brunch on September 16th - 48 hours more than two months ago, the president and all his savvy men and women dined on that which royalty enjoy - fine cuts of beef and exotic birds. But the entree for most of America was chicken fried Rice - served up by the president. Most weren't about to take a bite.

That Sunday morning Secretary Rice obeyed White House marching orders and told America a whopper. Speaking from White House talking points, she, with serious face and conviction in voice, appeared on five TV programs and attributed the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the four murders to a spontaneous event triggered by an offensive YouTube video.  

But the president and his court knew that was not the case. They all knew it was a terrorist attack - while it was happening. How could Secretary Rice not possibly know?!

A ridiculous video story five days later was not selling. So, a handful of obvious questions: 1) Is Secretary Rice capable of independent and logical thought?; 2) Did she not wonder why higher ranking members of the president's team were conspicuously absent?; 3) Assuming 'yes' to the first two questions, why would she do something so dumb?; 4) If she is dumb, why is she holding high public office?; 5) What is President Obama hiding?; and (6) How are any of them sleeping at night?

And those questions only the beginning. 

We eat chicken fried rice, with fork or spoon, around here once in a while but ten Sundays ago we weren't dining on Rice.

For most of America, exotic bird is the entree for Thursday.

Ms Rice, a turkey, will be having crow - with all the trimmings. And so will some others. They should show support for our owners and wield chop sticks - cheap ones. 

Oh, and though the president, in a symbolic gesture of power, traditionally pardons a turkey this time of year, he'll be best served sticking to the bird. And his neck, too, is on the chopping block - for failing to save the necks of patriots; a gesture well within his power. Something is afoul.

As a friend and reader of this forum since inception more than four years ago, knowing my inclination to sigh and say "good grief," wrote me a couple weeks back, "It's grief, without the good."


Post Script

Brave fellow citizens are in harm's way and training to go into harm's way - all dangerous duty. Say a prayer for them.

Please, if not already, take a moment to review the comment offered in the link in the 5th paragraph. There's action to take - consider it civic duty. It's easy and only takes a few minutes. Partake - Support the Senators!

"Happy Thanksgiving" - yes, there is still plenty to be thankful for and happy about. Keep the faith!

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