We all accidentally reveal ourselves by the little things we say. Sometimes, presidents do too, even ones who try always to keep their cool.
The following is from Obama’s “Town Hall Discussion on Energy” in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania last Wednesday. It’s very revealing.
I notice some folks clapped, but I know some of these big guys, they’re all still driving their big SUVs. You know, they got their big monster trucks and everything. You’re one of them? Well, now, here’s my point. If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting eight miles a gallon — (laughter) — you may have a big family, but it’s probably not that big. How many you have? Ten kids, you say? Ten kids? (Laughter.) Well, you definitely need a hybrid van then.
This statement fails on so many levels. And it says so much about our president.
Let’s start with this one. Obama has no idea why the person who called him out – or why anyone, for that matter – has purchased an SUV. That became very clear when it turned out the person had eight children. But he assumes they are up to some kind of egregious mischief.
We get this little lecture on fuel economy from the president who thinks nothing of trucking a convoy of heavy-duty vehicles 15 miles to go golfing every other weekend, flying to Hawaii every year on vacation, or jetting to New York City for date night with his wife – who BTW flew separately last December to Hawaii for the family vacation and took a four day jaunt to Spain.
Obama has carved out a nice chunk of change for himself, but the community organizer’s hatred of success and wealth abides within him.
There’s real contempt in the first two lines of the statement, with phrases like “their big SUVs.” This is a person who, while pursuing his own success, continues to resent you for yours.
Out of Touch
Hey buddy, you need a hybrid van. Go take all that money you have lying around and buy a new car!
The Man Who Saved Detroit?
Obama claims credit for saving the U.S. auto industry, and then criticizes those who contribute to its biggest profit center by buying SUVs and vans.
American the Small
Where is the American Dream here? Shouldn’t the American Dream be embodied in our president, especially one who has transcended America’s racial past – and his own upbringing without a father and with an often absent mother – to become America’s first black president?
The American Dream says you have the right to pursue happiness, to get the job you love, to make a lot of money, to have as many kids as you can support, and yes, to get the car you want.
Nobody, particularly the president of the United States, should make you feel guilty for it or criticize your choices.
Most people buy SUVs because they believe they need them. Maybe they only have two kids, but they want to be able to pack up the car with gear and travel to one of those National Parks in a display of gratitude for the president’s preventing a government shutdown. Or maybe they want to be able to get the dogs to the dog park.
Maybe they want to protect their children within a truck’s broad confines and heavy exterior.
Though most have reasons like these, you also do have the right to buy an SUV because YOU LIKE IT. To barrel down the highway in your big bad car, raise the suspension way up if you want, and feel like you own the road. Most of us do our best to contribute to society in some way, or in many ways. We have the right to our small extravagances, and the right to hope to pay as little as possible to fuel them.
See, Obama has all this backwards. If you have an SUV, you ESPECIALLY have the right to complain about the price of gasoline, because you gotta pay for more of it. And what he needs to do is drill for more oil domestically, bully the Saudis to ratchet up production, and anything else he can think of to get the price at the pump down.
But we know, because his words reveal him, that that’s just not him.