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The Presidency Loses Its Final Traces of Dignity

by Keith Koffler on October 29, 2012, 6:06 pm

Waging a desperate campaign to maintain the presidency, President Obama has completed his project of diminishing it to nothing.

The presidency, an ailing patient for much of Obama’s term, was finally disconnected from life support with the release by the Obama campaign last week of a video comparing a vote for the president with premarital sex by a virgin.

It was the latest and most stupefying of a series of disgraceful moments we’ve witnessed in recent days.

The president called his opponent a “bullshitter” during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine; He stood at the podium of a campaign rally, beside himself in a juvenile state of amusement as he mocked Gov. Mitt Romney for having “Romnesia” that he said could be cured under Obamacare; and he has avoided his own press corps while appearing on The Tonight Show, MTV, and The View, frivolous venues that a short while ago would have been considered beneath the president, or at least rare exceptions to the rule that a president does serious things.

The desecration of the presidency under Obama has been methodical and obvious.

We’ve watched Obama literally – not figuratively – bow to foreign leaders, chew gum at the ASEAN Summit and elsewhere, inhabit the Oval Office in Casual Friday outfits, put his feet up on every piece of furniture in sight – historic or not – host entertainers in the Situation Room, and wonder aloud “whose ass to kick.” Meanwhile, his wife stages potato sack races in the East Room and his vice president suggests Republicans will put African Americans back in chains and giggles through his debate with GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

But the Obama campaign video in which a smug young woman insouciantly proclaims her sexual immorality is what finally stripped the presidency of its own virtue.

Obama and Biden proclaim themselves deeply religious, but it’s hard to imagine, if such a commercial is acceptable to them, what altar they are worshipping at.

We are not a society where a lot of people wait until marriage to have sex. Some don’t even wait for true love. But we at least still try to be discreet about our surrender to our primal desires, given the horrendous consequences – for women in particular – of society’s choice to untether sex from marriage and love.

Today, 41 percent of all children are born to unmarried women, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Sixty three percent of women aged 20-24 who give birth are unmarried. For women in poverty and their fatherless children, this unwelcome byproduct of the sexual revolution is a catastrophe.

That doesn’t seem to be something Obama cares much about. The video begins:

Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful . . . someone who really cares about and understands women.

Well, at least, someone who understands women well enough to get their clothes off.

And then on to Obama and Romney.

You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq. You don’t want a guy who says, “Oh hey, I’m at the library studying,” when he’s really out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act.

And it ends by amping up the sexual innuendo.

My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl. Now I was a woman. I went to the polling station and pulled back the curtain. I voted for Barack Obama.

We are now officially in an age when a presidential campaign website needs parental controls. How would you like to try explaining to your young child what that video was about?

Obama and his aides have revealed a little something about the moral posture they hold. They put out a video that describes reasons to sleep with someone for the first time, casually leaving out the one that should be obvious – that the person is your husband. That’s a standard a president should be promoting, not dismissing.

That is, if there were still a standard for a president.

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Kathleen Taylor October 31, 2012 at 2:42 am

Thank you for stating the truth. God Bless You.

Kathy in Hollywood

Tea Party at Perrysburg October 31, 2012 at 6:41 am

And now we have the old people, the “greatest generation,” who have soiled themselves by appearing in a reprehensibly coarse campaign ad.

Kara November 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Keith, keith…keith
In Tejas, “bullshitter” is a compliment!

I recall Dubya on Letterman sportin’ black
crocs with the Presidential Seal.

The Republicans down here in this part
of the south would rather put African Americans in a noose,
not chains….yeah the KKK is alive and well down here
in Tejas.

” what altar are they worshipping at?” the same one as Romney
the one of their corporate masters…

children are not an “unwelcome byproduct” of the sexual revolution.
the sexual revolution was more about having sex for FUN! not Pro~
creation…”MAKE LOVE NOT WAR”

i would submit to you that children need to be educated about sex. it is
in their best interest.

Keith~It is the 21st century! Women can & will have sex with whoever, whereever,and whenever we please.The 1st time has to be her husband…
is really arcaic thinking. Loosen up darlin’ Its a good thing and it is okay…

I enjoyed your article and hope you write one soon on how we should
be paying more attention to the “boardroom” and less to the “bedroom”

“your favorite liberal goddess”

BigVerg November 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Romnesia? Oddly enough Romnesia was originally Rahmnesia to depict a certain characteristic of Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel. The genius pool in the Obama camp did not invent that, they just re-purposed the phrase. Now they can also claim being green in their recycling habits.

Of course even though Obama touts green jobs the seas did not stop rising and the planet did not heal as he promised in his acceptance speech. Will he mention that in his speech congratulating Romney on his win?

WILL November 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

Pathetic Keith.

Pnordman November 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Wow!

daniel graybel November 17, 2012 at 7:29 am

when will the adults be back to take over….

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