Posited: Barack Obama is Tonya Harding at the 94 Olympics.
Her performance up to the definitive moment shown in the video was filled with mistakes. When it really counted, she set out intending to show what a brilliant performer she was but gave up as soon as she saw things weren’t going her way. Then she cried like a baby and begged the judges for a do-over. She also resorted to thuggery and attack with intention to do grievous harm to her main opponent to get that candidate out of the way. This is what we now have come to understand as presidential behavior during the time of Obama.
The only difference is that Tonya worked hard for a long time to move herself from humble (nay, disadvantaged) origins into the world spotlight. Obama was raised by a woman who was a bank office*!!!, went to upper eschelon private schools and then was selected, groomed, petted and posed for his.
UPDATE: Huh. Look at this. I didn’t even know that Obama himself brought up the Obama/Harding analogy.
I think I owe Tonya Harding an apology for this comparison. She worked very hard, overcame less than optimal situations around her and did accomplish her dream of standing in the world’s spotlight based solely on her skill. Things went wrong during and after her time there due to people and circumstance around her. We can’t criticize her for that.
Yesterday, HeyLookAtMe Obama made sure that the media reported that he bought beer (and capped his offer at 10 people) and then went to a gym to work out. OBVIOUSLY intended to draw parallel with Paul Ryan’s beer references during his homecoming speech in Wisconsin and his much touted physical fitness and P90X workouts.Let’s see if we can predict what Obama will do today based on what Ryan did yesterday:
- Ryan spoke without a teleprompter
I think we’re all down with Obama’s off-topic stutterings
- Ryan was admired by Erskine Bowles
Unlikely but Bowles could be forced to make one of those Cory Booker-style hostage tapes
- Ryan was interviewed solo on Fox News
- Ryan has a fan site dedicated to him called “Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan”
Hey Dude, It’s Barack Obama
*!!! OMG! I just realized that it’s his GRANDMOTHER NOT HIS MOTHER that is his source of his deep-seated animosity towards the American people! It all makes perfect sense now. His behavior is rooted in his experiences with and feelings for his grandmother:
- typical white woman who fears black men
- “inferior” female more powerful than vain but inadequate male
- a wealthy American have to his third-world have not
- controlling the household purse strings and denying him choom money when he really really wanted it (bank official who refuses loans to the needy)
- a senior citizen using up healthcare resources despite the nearness of inevitable death
Man, we’re just lucky that she didn’t fight with him over tattoos otherwise we’d be getting lectures about that too.