Ed Driscoll

Change! Barack Obama 'A Very Eloquent Hat Stand,' Says...GQ

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I await GQ declaring themselves racist, as that’s what Condé Nast’s reactionary left palace guard publication would have said about anyone with the temerity to make such a charge about Mr. Obama from 2008 through the first half of this year.

At Newsbusters, Noel Sheppard spots the magazine placing the president on their “Least Influential List” for 2013 and declaring him to be “a very eloquent hat stand”:

He can blame Republicans in Congress all he likes and get away with it because congressional Republicans are the worst. But the fact remains that I have spent the majority of this man’s presidency watching bad things happen, then hearing a thoughtful speech about how we gotta make sure the bad things never happen again, and then watching as nothing gets done. Next time there’s an election, I want Nate Silver to analyze the data and tell me who to vote for so that I don’t end up casting my ballot for a very eloquent hat stand.

Gee champ, we were warning you that the bespoke clothing had no emperor inside way back in 2008. But Condé Nast (which includes amongst its roster of publications Vogue, edited by Assad-worshiping Obama bundler and would-be ambassador Anna Wintour) was hellbent on convincing the American public that a former community organizer turned tyro senator was “Man of the Year,” as GQ described him back then, along with a tribute written by — of course — the late Ted Kennedy. (That era must particularly seem like the last days of Pompeii for the increasingly beleaguered publishing house.)

Having had, temporarily at least, the scales lifted from their eyes, and given their furniture-based reference, isn’t GQ’s description of the president simply a recombinant version of Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair routine — which itself was (of course) declared racist by half the left last year? (And yet continues to resonate as a metaphor.)

As John Podhoretz wrote yesterday in the New York Post, “The media shielded the president from every criticism — until he betrayed a liberal cause,” with the stillborn birth of Obamacare last month, which helps to explain the sudden viciousness they’re now displaying on the small man with the giant ego that they inflated to godlike proportions in 2007 and 2008.

Related: At Big Hollywood, Christian Toto also notes that “it’s not 2008 anymore,” and explores “Why GQ’s Inclusion of Obama, Miley Cyrus on Least Influential List Matters.”

(Parody GQ cover created using a modified Shutterstock.com photo. And yes, the choice of a hatstand holding Neville Chamberlain’s umbrella was deliberate.)