By Bill Maher
Someone pointed out that the problem with Obama’s press conference gaffe earlier this month –
"The private sector is doing fine. Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government."
– was that Obama didn't have anything else to say in the press conference. If he had made any actual news, the gaffe wouldn’t have been the only thing people had to talk about. And I think that's a fair charge.
Anyway, gaffe outrage is how we play the game. And since Mitt Romney hired Sarah Palin's speechwriter, that's the only game in town. Or at least the favorite game. You say something, I repeat it, over and over and over and over and over, like it's so obviously fucking comically ludicrous that it doesn't even have to be explained.
Can you believe it? Obama actually said we're a super power "whether we like it or not!" Whether we like it or not??! "Whether" we "like it" or "not"!!!???!!! WHETHER we LIKE IT or NOT???!!!!!!!!?????????
Which is why it was inevitable that Mitt Romney's campaign released a web video all about Obama saying "doing fine." Here's The Hill's description:
The video ad follows Obama's remarks with clips of workers discussing their struggles with the weak economy.
"We've seen layoffs, cutbacks," says one woman.
"I've been looking for a job for two years haven't found any," says another.
"I had to file my own personal bankruptcy and had to close my business," says a man.
The video closes by repeating clips of Obama's quote, before an on-screen graphic reading, "No, Mr. President, we are not 'doing fine.'"
Meow! But isn't there a less stupid way to play this game?
Woody Allen once wrote an essay called "Miscellaneous Methods of Civil Disobedience" and one of them was "Standing in front of City Hall and chanting the word "pudding" until one’s demands are met." Woody wasn't wrong by much. But the trick is to wait until your enemy accidentally says "pudding" first.