A.J. DiCintio
Epidemic of foot-in-mouth
By A.J. DiCintio
June 12, 2010

. . . Former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn refers to dictatorial maniac and mass murderer Mao Zedong as one of her "favorite political philosophers."

. . . Helen Thomas, now a former White House "reporter," laughs as she stupidly and cruelly opines that the "occupying" Jews ought to "get the hell out [of Israel]" and "go home."

. . . The FTC floats a proposal to tax certain media as well as every electronic device that allows access to information in the euphemistic name of "reinventing journalism" (i.e. publicly subsidizing liberal media outlets while establishing federal control over formerly free speech).

Yes, ever since Barack Obama ran his entire presidential campaign with his foot in his mouth (because his entire message promised that nebulous hope, hazy change, and misty Yes, we can has the power to perfect this nation), America has been ravaged by an epidemic of Foot-in-Mouth Disease, a malady caused by moral or intellectual frailty that gives rise to utterances ranging from the simply laughable and outrageously obtuse to the thoroughly contemptible and frighteningly dangerous.

It is not surprising, then, that the Chicago Machine trained politician who promised "change" while neglecting to mention it will give a new, terrifying, ten trillion borrowed dollar meaning to an all-powerful, business-as-usual Washington has reacted to the disaster in the Gulf by repeatedly putting his foot straight into his mouth.

Think of it. Like a summa cum laude graduate of the Chi-town Machine, Obama calculated that his initial reaction to the spill ought to distance him from the problem while allowing him to rake in some political hay:

As far as I'm concerned, BP is responsible for this horrific disaster.

To which the public appropriately reacted with an angry, sarcastic, "Thank you, Sherlock Holmes."

There is, however, a compulsive element to Foot-in-Mouth Disease, a fact that explains why Obama soon came to believe his brazenly negligent response permitted him to say "I'm playing golf" or "I'm attending a concert" on a number of days and even, on May 26th, to announce, "I'm off to San Francisco to head up a triple header of fundraisers for Senator Barbara Boxer."

(Apparently, he hadn't raised enough money for the Senator in Los Angeles on April 19th, the day before the BP rig blew up and oil began to kill, among other things, a lot of real hopes and honest dreams.)

Obama, however, continued to behave as if life is an eternal campaign in which sycophantic audiences swoon while he pontificates with a mouth full of foot.

But his handlers knew the public wasn't happy with his irresponsible fundraising, fiddling, and finger pointing while poisonous oil gushed into the gulf and the lives of all who depend upon it for a living.

Therefore, they convinced their boss to do a 180 that accomplished nothing except to send another enormous foot flying smack into the presidential mouth:

BP is acting at our [the administration's] direction.

To that, the public (still burning hot over Obama's entire summing up of Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein as a "savvy" businessman) once again replied by employing an angry, sarcastic tone and Mr. Holmes' first name:

"Hey, Sherlock, do you realize the implications when you berate BP for its bumbling, cheapskate nickel and dime approach to the spill and then proclaim you are doing a heckuva job giving the company direction?"

It is now time to turn to the virulently contagious nature of the disease with a brief examination of an analysis of the president's handling of the Gulf catastrophe offered by the usually common sense Bill O'Reilly:

Intellectually honest people understand that Obama had nothing to do with the spill, and even with all the power the United States has, the country has no gizmo to fix the problem. (Human Events)

An honest, complete, "no spin" evaluation of the president's handling of the catastrophe tells the public Obama didn't cause it and there is "no gizmo" to fix it?

Out of deference to a man who has done more good for the American people, especially children, than all the lamestream media's Uncle News Anchors put together, forbearance is called for. And so it shall be with respect to the sardonic "thank you" previously combined with the name of a certain detective.

The truth, then, about what the people demand from the White House in situations such as the tragedy in the Gulf is this:

(1) That a thoroughly involved, intellectually curious president spend every minute possible eschewing political hacks and ideologues to speak with independent minded, creative thinkers, from scholars to experienced entrepreneurs — in this case, those who have ideas for stopping the flow of oil, preventing oil from fouling critically important areas, and cleaning up the spill.

(2) That from the first day and every day that follows, an intellectually honest president, aware of the arrogant, red-taped federal bureaucracy's miserable record in such instances, communicate to the people with words and deeds revealing he knows whose ass to kick so that requests made by those battling on the front lines are fulfilled fully and promptly.

On both of those demands, the "folks" O'Reilly correctly celebrates know President Obama has come up insultingly, incompetently, and negligently small.

That's it regarding Obama, Foot-in-Mouth, and the terrible situation in the Gulf.

However, before closing, it is imperative to say this in general about the disease when it afflicts important politicians, their appointees, and their shills:

Like the viral, contagious infection that afflicts hoofed animals, its consequences are not just extremely painful but potentially fatal.

© A.J. DiCintio


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A.J. DiCintio

A.J. DiCintio posts regularly at RenewAmerica and YourNews.com. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up. Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and polished by experience, to social/political affairs.


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