Obama Swats Fly; Media Swoons
cross-posted at Alegre's Corner
I cannot make this stuff up, folks; today, Obama swatted a fly during a CNBC interview, and a story got written about it at AOL News, filed under "political news" and "national news," respectively.
Here's the link:
A few lines from this "important" hard-hitting, news story follow:
Said Obama to the persistent fly: "Get out of here."
But it didn't.
My goodness! Something didn't obey President Obama on the first try? Sacrilege!
But we go on:
So Obama waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked the fly dead in one try.
Whoo-hoo! Way to go, Mr. President!
And yet, we go on:
Without missing a beat, the president said to CNBC correspondent John Harwood: "Now, where were we."
Oh, I don't know, Mr. President -- maybe talking about health care, or the Chrysler/GM messes, or about TARP, or the Iranian election -- something of far less importance than swatting that little ol' fly, though, I'm sure.
But as the article says . . . Mr. Obama wasn't exactly ready to move back to anything else:
Well, maybe one more second to gloat.
Said Obama: "That was pretty impressive, wasn't it? I got the sucker."
Woo-hoo! Something to celebrate, unlike the health care mess, GM/Chrysler debacle, or the response the US must make regarding the Iranian election!
At any rate, I expect this sort of "news" from the Onion, or perhaps on April Fool's Day -- not from any reputable news organization.
This is a new media low, and it must be celebrated as such.
All hail the dead fly!
(Sorry for the formatting problems folks. I did my best, but this needed to go out in a hurry.)
UPDATE as of 5 P.M. CDT: There are now over 2000 stories out there regarding Obama's swatting of the dead fly, which seems to be at least 1999 too many. Even BBC America has jumped on board the Obama flyswatting incident, though they do not play it as "hard news," which unfortunately most of the rest of the news organizations have. To their shame!ShareThis