Ed Driscoll

Obama's Battle Bus from Mordor, off on the Magical Misery Tour

At the Tatler, Bryan Preston writes:

As President Obama embarks on his three-state “jobs” bus tour, Minnesotamajority.org is greeting the president with a welcome…


You’re paying for this tour — it’s a taxpayer funded political campaign. And the optics of the whole thing are so bad that even Chris “Tingles” Matthews has problems with it.

As does the BBC, which once had posters of Bush as Hitler in the office, and all but thought Obama walked on water back in 2008.

But the BBC has a modest Magical Misery Tour connection of their own. As a made-for-TV movie that first aired on the BBC in 1967, the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour was their first great film flop after A Hard Day’s Night and Help. The Beatles thought they could direct their own movie, rather than bringing back Richard Lester, then at the height of his career. But at least they had enough common sense to to make sure the film’s main prop was brightly painted in the psychedelic colors of the time. In contrast, who chose the funereal black paint for Obama’s Misery Machine? Ultimately though, The Bus Stops Here; Obama signed off on it.

“Obama’s battle bus no symbol of hope,” Mark Mardell of the BBC writes, in a Drudge-lanched item:

US President Barack Obama has embarked on his first bus tour in office.

But his vehicle for the trip through the rural parts of three Midwestern states looks like it really is heading for a battle.

Big, blocky, black, with painted-out windows, it looks more like a police mortuary van than a symbol of hope arriving on your street.

It is a ponderous business campaigning when you are president, all that need for protection and the weight of office on your shoulders.


“Neither inspirational nor angry enough, he needs something fresher — and to find another mode of transport than the battle bus from Mordor,” Mardell concludes.

Which brings us to Timothy Furnish’s recent item at the PJ Lifestyle blog: “The Middle-Earth Guide to Campaign 2012.”

Both urge resistance to the Dark Lord….wait for it…George Soros. (Sorry, making Obama the “Dark Lord” would not only send a thrill up Chris Mathews’ “racism” antenna, it would give BHO far too much credit.) “Soron” hopes to seize the Ring of Debt for himself in order to transform the Middle-west and the rest of America into Mordor with a view — also known as Greece. Soron is, however, a bit distracted at present with this $50 million lawsuit brought by a Witch Queen.

Obama, then, is relegated to the role of Saruman — trying to be in charge, hoping to seize the Ring for himself, but really only doing the Dark Lord’s bidding: undermining capitalism, hosting Haradrim religious dinners at the White House, and playing golf on Sunday mornings.

When he’s not inside the world’s most ominous looking motorcoach.

Update: “This is the funeral procession for the economy,” one YouTube commenter writes in response to this video of the Magical Misery Tour passing by the Ford dealership (the one American car maker not a division of Government Motors) in Zumbrota, Minnesota. Remember, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. “That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen:”


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