(12 Reasons Barack Obama is One of the Greatest Presidents Ever, by Matthew Lynch)
“He is for entertaining the masses. If we have to listen to a president yakitty-yak about this or that for another four years, we might as well pick one with charisma and charm. If you can’t find anything else appealing about Obama, you can’t deny the fact that the guy is an amazing speaker with wit, fantastic comedic timing and an incredible intellect. In fact, I will go so far as to say that when the man does finally retire from politics, he has a rewarding and lucrative job as a stand up comic awaiting him if he so chooses. When’s the last time you heard a president joke about drinking beer, belt out Al Green with poise and precision at a moment’s notice and admit to watching the Kardashians?” – Matthew Lynch
Meanwhile Iran is building a nuclear weapon, wars in the Middle East rage on, our economy falters, Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster . . . and the list continues. But take heart! Our Obama is an entertainer, and his “yakitty-yak” is easier on the ears than the other guy’s yakitty-yak.
How the times do change. I remember the days when George W. Bush’s down-to-earth approach resulted in his being thoroughly labeled as the world’s greatest dunce.
It’s hard to believe that I’m reading a totally serious Huffington Post piece about the placement of an American president in the annals of history as one of the greatest we’ve ever had, in which the author refers to presidential commentary as “yakkity-yak;” a piece that then goes on to suggest that the commander-and-chief’s post presidency time should be taken up with stand-up comedy. I don’t care if the guy is as funny as Bill Cosby himself (or whichever comedian floats your boat) . . . in a world as serious as ours, un-seriousness isn’t exactly a priority, no matter how “good” it might make us feel. It certainly doesn’t make any president deserving of the title of “greatest.”
What’s more, that presidential, leader of the Free World “yakitty-yak” to which Mr. Lynch refers—whether it’s from Barack Obama or John F. Kennedy— results in an awful lot of policy decisions that result in an awful lot of our lives being directly impacted. (See: America’s Frog Moment)
To be certain, I don’t want to listen to a bore. Nobody does. But as we all should, I care far more about WHAT the “yakkity-yak” means than HOW the yakkity-yak sounds.
Mr. Lynch then ends his 12 point piece with the follow statement:
“If these 12 reasons aren’t enough to convince that president Obama is one of the best presidents ever, then you are not thinking objectively!”
The occasional joke, a penchant for the Kardashians, and a few dashes of “harmless” dishonesty . . . indeed—all characteristics everyone should tirelessly look for in the leader of the Free World.
Maybe, just MAYBE, had we sought a leader of character, integrity, statesmanship, and most of all—experience—we wouldn’t be in our 5th straight year of a stagnant economy, increasing global threats, and a diminishing of the American dream.
I urge you to think about real character and real substance . . . not emotion . . . not appearances . . . not joviality . . . the next time you enter a ballot box. Your future will thank you.