To build on what I wrote on Twitter yesterday, Obama’s gone from being compared (and comparing himself) in 2008 to Lincoln, FDR and JFK, to being compared (by Time magazine if no one else) to Reagan in 2011, and now…Richard Nixon (actually, some of us were way ahead of the curve on that one) and Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford:
At Investor’s Business Daily, Andrew Malcolm writes:
Presidential pratfalls like Obama’s Friday fall hurt the man’s dignity more than the body. Republican President Gerald Ford was walking down the stairs from Air Force One in a 1975 Vienna rain, when his foot slipped and he fell.
Media-watching Americans had that scene repetitively drilled into their minds almost as much as Flo, the Progressive insurance woman. And Ford lost his reelection effort the next year.
In fact, a Saturday Night Live actor named Chevy Chase virtually built his comedic career on weekly tumbles mocking the fall of President Ford. Without those laughs at the expense of the nation’s late leader, Chase wouldn’t still be the major Hollywood star that he remains.
So, get ready. No doubt the country is in for weeks and weeks of replays and jokes about Democrat Obama’s televised trip as a perfect metaphor for his failed leadership, deficit stimulus and stumbling reelection bid.
Don’t you think?
Yes, but by way of YouTube, if not the president’s supine palace guard in Hollywood and New York. But as Malcolm writes, the fall caps a nightmarish month for the president on all fronts — and there’s still one more week to go. This past week ended in a Pangaea of disasters: his attorney general sited for contempt, one group of his supporters photographed flipping the bird to the portrait of a beloved president Obama himself has been compared to (by Time magazine no less, a publication owned by the Obama-boosters at Time-Warner-CNN-HBO), and another told that they could not be trusted with sharp objects around the president — or perhaps it’s the other way around, to continue the SNL-Ford analogies:
What was Obama’s security detail thinking? They took away the Latinos’ knives and forks before Obama entered and spoke, but there’s no mention of “shivs.” You know what those people are capable of, … right? Man, his popularity really must be down.
“It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual conference.
Regalado hurried the diners to finish up their salads and pre-cut chicken breasts, saying that the Secret Service required that there be no knives at the tables and that the forks be rounded up before Obama entered the room.
Perhaps the forks would be melted down for their silver content to go along with this fundraising effort, the story of which also broke on Friday:
To borrow from an old Ford-era gag from the first season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, let’s hope they never come for the fondue sets; we’ll know the nation is truly hosed at that point:
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