Kathy Bates wants Obama “To Stand Up on His Hind Legs and Fight These Rat Bastards,” as spotted by Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters:
I’m in Paris, I’m on my computer watching these election results, because I’ve gotten so inspired by this man — and I’m so apolitical. And for the first time in I don’t know how many years, I was just galvanized by this election. It was so emotional to me.
The last two years, I want to go back, something my father said to me — he always said, “Stand up on your hind legs and fight.” And that’s what I’d like to say to my president, whom I’m so proud of. But I want him to stand up on his hind legs and fight these rat bastards. And he has got do it.
MORGAN: Who do you mean by the rat bastards?
BATES: Well, I think he’s got to indict these guys from Wall Street. Somebody’s got pay for that mess. And I don’t think it’s the American public.
MORGAN: Because you believe that basically that was the catalyst for all the problems that are going on now?
BATES: I think it was the catalyst for many. It certainly was the catalyst for our loss of faith.
MORGAN: It does seem extraordinary not one of them has ever been put in jail. Not one. The biggest financial crisis in history. It came out of pure greed and wanton irresponsibility and nobody has ever carried the can.
BATES: Well, and it’s is like Steinbeck said in “Grapes of Wrath,” who’s the bank? When everybody was losing everything, who is behind all of this? Who’s really running the country? Who’s really pulling the strings?
Kathy’s this close to putting the pieces together, but she’s far too invested in Obama to realize his connections with Wall Street — or as the Professor has dubbed him, “President Goldman Sachs.”
And Bates may be onto something when she says that Wall Street or its seeming collapse in the fall of 2008 “was the catalyst for our loss of faith.” In a sense she’s right: it caused a majority of the voting public to — at least temporarily — replace traditional religion with a god who has better-tailored trousers.
But then, having discovered that 2008’s God is certainly far from omnipotent (though he certainly enjoys a good Old Testament-style smiting from time to time) for many, what is Occupy Wall Street but yet another religious fever?
A married mother of four from Florida ditched her family to become part of the raggedy mob in Zuccotti Park — keeping the park clean by day and keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn.
“I’m not planning on going home,” an unapologetic Stacey Hessler, 38, told The Post yesterday.
“I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m here indefinitely. Forever,” said Hessler, whose home in DeLand sits 911 miles from the tarp she’s been sleeping under.
Hopefully her husband has already filed for divorce. When the party’s over, and it will be any day now, she’ll be desperate for some nice Florida weather.
The unemployed Long Island native compared her decision to abandon her family to Americans serving in the armed forces.
“Military people leave their families all the time, so why should I feel bad?” a defiant Hessler said. “I’m fighting for a better world.”
Onward post-Christian soldiers!
Speaking of the intersection of Hollywood and OWS, even the New York Times can spot the hypocrisy:
WHAT enormous comfort it must give the Occupy Wall Street protesters to know that celebrities feel their pain.
Roseanne Barr, for example. The comedian bleeds for them. Or, rather, would have others bleed; inspired by the protests, she recommended the guillotine for the greediest bankers.
Such a subtle creature, she, and so oppressed to boot! Back in the 1990s, for the final seasons of her sitcom “Roseanne,” she made at least $20 million a year.
She was not the 99 percent.
The rap mogul Russell Simmons and the rapper Kanye West meandered over to Occupy Wall Street’s cradle, Zuccotti Park. By all accounts West was wearing more bling, though Simmons has bigger bucks: his net worth has been estimated as being between $100 million and $340 million. West’s is below that, and he made only $16 million or so last year.
They are not even the 99.5 percent.
And while that doesn’t disqualify them or Barr or other entertainers from sympathizing with Occupy Wall Street, it does give their public gestures of solidarity a discordant, sometimes specious ring. It also confuses the identity of a protest movement that already has challenges aplenty in the coherence department.
Wait ’til OWS finds how much helicopter and mansion-loving six-figure earning Timesmen dig them, and how much that confuses their identity.
Related: This isn’t going to make the White House happy: “Occupy Wall Street’s latest popcorn-passing hilarity: protesters occupy Obama crony Jeff Immelt’s front lawn,” Doug Ross writes. “I can just see General Electric’s CEO now, screeching from his porch: ‘Don’t you know who I am???'”
Saul Alinsky’s children are finally starting to eat their own. As my fellow PJ Express blogger Michael Ledeen would say, faster please.