When I was a boy, my mother told me to scoop up my soup by moving the spoon away from me.
Because that’s the proper way to eat soup. You don’t need to just shovel it into your mouth.
Well, I’d had some manners training, but this was going too far. I told her it seemed quite counterintuitive – didn’t use this particular word, of course – to be eating by first moving the food in the opposite direction.
Well, one day maybe you’ll be invited to dinner at the White House. And then you’ll need to know all your manners.
Such innocent days.
Today this landed in my email box. It was from Jim Messina, who served as deputy chief of staff to the President of the United States and went on to manage President Obama’s reelection campaign. He now heads up Organizing for Action, Obama’s grassroots network.
It was about the Koch Brothers who apparently were up to . . . some sick crap. Messina wrote:
Let them spend their millions on sick crap like that . . . Our track record is pretty damn good. We’ve shown we can beat them, because we’re building something bigger, stronger, and smarter than just a pile of money.
I’m sure he was tempted to say pile of something else.
Any reporter who works at the White House will tell you that the Obama people have fouler mouths than a group of longshoremen with Tourette Syndrome. Even after Rahm left. With their feet casually draped across their desks, they take their cue from the boss, whose photographer thinks it’s an excellent idea to photograph him with his shoes on the historic Resolute Desk or hanging out in the Oval Office in his sweats.
We’ve witnessed to our great shame and sadness as a nation the disorder in Obama’s thinking – from Red Lines casually drawn to websites incompetently made and policies poorly planned and then updated on the fly.
I’ll admit, I’m not the Emily Post poster boy. As one of our readers properly pointed out, I recently went on television with my tie not quite done. And, I still scoop my soup in the direction most expeditious, not most proper.
But I do recognize the reasons for some semblance of personal order, and I strive for it. Nevertheless, the nation is not depending on my ability to get myself together.
The churlish imprecations and informality of Obama and his crew connote a serious lack of discipline and contribute to the unseriousness of this presidency.
This White House has been incapable of leadership on either the international stage or in Congress. Its denizens sit ensconced in their offices and fiddle with executive orders, lazily ruling by fiat instead of persuasion and assuming the rest of the world will somehow see the light emanating from Obama and do what’s right.
Now isn’t that some sick crap?