My Mother Used To Tell Me…

Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by Ron Anthony on 25-05-2011

My mother used to tell me “Son many times you can tell more about a person by what they don’t say, then what they do say.” So let me apply that now and see what I can “tell”.

How absolutely strange is it, that the very first world leader to send his condolences and words of support to
the citizens of Joplin Missouri is not the president of these United States, but rather the Prime Minister of Israel?  Exactly what significance is there in that?PM Netanyahu

Should there be any embarrassment, any humiliation at all that after days of opportunity to say something, our very own president gets beat to the punch by Bibi Netanyahu in expressing words of encouragement for the people of a devastated, and until now obscure, small Missouri town?

I think I may have the answer. It’s all a matter of empathy. When tragedy strikes America, Israel feels an immediate identification. And I think the operative word there, is “identification”. Does this tell us that the president does not identify with his own country?

The events of recent days, have given everyone in this country opportunity to empathize, to identify with the hellish tragedies that have been occurring all over this land. Floods, tornadoes, runaway wildfires, have not just devastated the lives of thousands and thousands of people, but taken the lives of hundreds of Americans.

When Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before Congress, his words were both empathetic and clearly sincere; ” All I can say is, America, we’re with you, on this day, on every day!”
While Prime Minister Netanyahu was giving his highly emotive words of support to Joplin Missouri, our beloved president by contrast, was giving his speech at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland.

Here is a sampling of the president’s speech: “My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas. I’ve come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way. Now, is that where it was? Some wise Irishman or woman once said that broken Irish is better than clever English. So here goes. Tahu autumn bay enum.” Why is it that virtually anything this man says begins with” I”,” me”, or” my”? But I digress.

This self-absorbed sparkling banter is what was offered, in lieu of obviously less important topics for the president’s attention; like floods, fires, tornadoes, national catastrophe, and loss of American lives. This was the topic de jure instead of speaking to America about the war he started last March in Libya. When all of the bombing started in Libya, guess who was on vacation in Rio?

But not to worry, because after Obama heard that Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Joplin Missouri, he made sure he jumped in with his own version of “Oh, yeah, ditto on that.”
Obama: “I want everybody in Joplin, everybody in Missouri, everybody in Minnesota, everybody across the Midwest, to know that we are here for you. The American people are by your side. We’re gonna stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet.”

It’s been a long time, since I’ve heard anything quite that “me too”. I guess, when he says “we’re here for you”, he must be referring to planet Earth in general, instead of any location in particular.

The UK Telegraph has a hilarious story about Obama’s visit to Dublin, and his embarrassing efforts to pass himself off as an Irishman. They go on to mention his entertaining attempts to pass himself off as being from wherever he is, at that moment.

Whenever he goes to the Middle East he tries to pass himself off as Barack Al-Obama. When he goes to Africa he tries to pass himself off as an Kenyan. And when he goes to Selma Alabama, he tries to pass himself off as an oppressed black man who’s totally “down for the struggle”. The article is definitely very funny, and certainly worth the read.

Any minute now, I’m expecting this guy to flash that dazzling smile, nonchalantly throw out and point that index finger like he always does, and tell us all “Love ya babe don’t ever change!”, and then wink.


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