Lady Libertas has always been a bit disturbed by Obama’s tendency to recite anecdotes about the letters that he supposedly receives. Conveniently, these letters are filled with a story that segues perfectly into whatever point that Obama is trying to make for that particular speech.
When Obama first entered office (has it only been a year???), Robert Gibbs made a big deal about how President Obama read 10 letters per day that were reflective of the current news of the day. Jake Tapper covered that story here – about the letters and the purple folder. We were treated to repetitive stories during speeches and townhalls – meant to show us how connected he is to the people … how concerned he is and how he is listening … apparently though, he is only listening to the ten letters a day, carefully culled by the staff and handed over to reinforce how great Obama is.
Lady Libertas says: Gag me with careful campaigns of propaganda and tele-prompted tales of tragedy.
Over the summer, the White House encouraged letter writing – FISHY, I SAY ! They requested letters about your fishy friends and fishy family and fishy info. Unfortunately, Obama, the teleprompter and the White House all declined to share any of those letters. Maybe they did not make it into the purple folder but we can be sure that they were saved somewhere – probably in FBI files.
In August, Obama received a message from beyond in the form of a letter from Kennedy delivered after his death. Obama shared it to encourage Congress to work together to pass healthcare reform. It was a passive aggressive move that was worthy of any guilt inducing mama. Who can refute the dying wishes of a Senator and a harbinger from the grave? But even letters from a dead Senator were not enough to catapult passage of healthcare reform. Personally, Lady Libertas would have found chains and moaning a bit more interesting.
Then came the Ellie Light letter debacle (see Politco story here) at the end of January. The Obama Administration showed us that they did indeed remember their own form of grassroots activism by sending out a fictional letter from a fictional Obama supporter that ended up in plenty of real newspapers: 69 publications in 31 states & DC, 2 national publications and Yahoo, and 2 foreign publications (Patterico’s Ponitifications has a count here). In fact, we find out, that Ellie is not a she at all but a he … or something like that – Lady Libertas thought it was Robert Gibbs all along.
Fast Forwarding to this past week.
It has finally happened. Obama’s Ego is running FULLY AMOK. At the DNC fundraiser, Barack Obama told a story. Lady Libertas would like to share it with you in all of it’s trainwreck horror:
I got a letter — I got a note today from one of my staff — they forwarded it to me — from a woman in St. Louis who had been part of our campaign, very active, who had passed away from breast cancer. She didn’t have insurance. She couldn’t afford it, so she had put off having the kind of exams that she needed. And she had fought a tough battle for four years. All through the campaign she was fighting it, but finally she succumbed to it. And she insisted she’s going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt.
You may see the comment in all of its Obama Glory on youtube here. Just fast forward to 8:25. If your stomach can take it. Even the audience did not know how to react, judging by the laughter. Obama, however, was dead serious. dead serious.
Lady Libertas can only imagine that Obama was already thinking ahead to this anecdote and his new line of Burial T-Shirts when he repeatedly referred to a Navy corpsman as a “corpse-man” during the National Prayer Breakfast.
Lady Libertas has taken the liberty (punny!) of putting together a few t-shirts for the New Obama Corpse-Man Burial Line … soon to be released on a corpse-man near you!
Lady Libertas welcomes any suggestions for the New Obama Burial T-Shirt Line