January 5, 2016

THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED: “‘Every time I hear about those kids it makes me mad’: Obama cries for the victims of Newtown as he pushes gun control at speech surrounded by families who lost loved ones in mass shootings,” gushes the London Daily Mail, ignoring Obama’s silence on both the over 440 murders last year and disgraced crony Rahm Emmanuel’s sinking fortunes in Chicago, a city that should be entirely pacified, if overwhelming blue state gun control efforts actually worked.

But “The MacGuffinization of American Politics,” as Ace described how the media crafts its Obama narratives in late 2013 rolls on:

For Obama’s fanbois, this is not politics. This isn’t even America, not really, not anymore.

This is a movie. And Barack Obama is the Hero. And the Republicans are the Villains. And policy questions — and Obama’s myriad failures as an executive — are simply incidental. They are MacGuffins only, of no importance whatsoever, except to the extent they provide opportunities for Drama as the Hero fights in favor of them.

Watching Chris Matthews interview Obama, I was struck by just how uninterested in policy questions Matthews (and his panel) were, and how almost every question seemed to be, at heart, about Obama’s emotional response to difficulties– not about policy itself, but about Obama’s Hero’s Journey in navigating the plot of President Barack Obama: The Movie.

As with a MacGuffin in the movie, only the Hero’s emotional response to the MacGuffin matters.

Speaking of which, “Chris Matthews talking about Obama crying on ‘Hardball’ today will be must-see TV,” Allahpundit predicts. (An earlier tweet by Allah also inspired our headline above.) But then, as NewsBusters’ Geoffrey Dickens writes, the MSM has worked hard to pave the way for Obama’s anti-Second Amendment efforts.

Finally, just a reminder, here’s Obama on the stump in 2008:

Words — just words, to coin a phrase.

Related: Obama: Hey, forget what I said about Australia (twice) — no one’s looking to take away your guns!

More: “Obama is only this animated and energized when disarming the American people. ISIS not so much.” But then, his speech today is an attempt to distract Americans (via the supine media) from his ISIS and Al Qaeda-related epic failures.

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