Right-Wing Obama Attacks Post SOTU: Arrogant, Uppity Chin, Mussolini, Liar
January 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Apparently the entire right-wing community received the same memo last night: Attack President Obama’s State of the Union Address, as arrogant. Attack his policies as an arrogance of power. Attack his demeanor and even his physical appearance, as arrogant. How convenient for the Republican obstructionist Party with no solutions for America, to simply dismiss the President of the United States as arrogant, without having to address the issues or their own failures of governance. The Merriam-Webster’s definition of arrogant is, “exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one’s own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner.” Obama is not some lowly public official with a superiority complex; he is the President of the United States. He is the leader of the free world. He is our Commander-in-chief. But Republicans refuse to accept the fact that Barack Obama is our president.
The racial overtones of attacking the first black president of the United States, as arrogant cannot be overlooked. It’s code for “uppity.” It has long been a racial slur to refer to a black man as “uppity,” to put him in his “place” when in the company of his white superiors. The Republicans expect President Obama to act “humbly” and show “humility” with his eyes downcast. Well, that isn’t going to happen, not ever. Barack Obama is an extremely confident, highly educated and articulate president, who is serious about leading our country and making government work for everyone. Do we really want a president who lacks confidence in his abilities? Neither George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, or Bill Clinton, displayed a lack of confidence in their abilities to lead our country. Were they attacked en masse as arrogant?
Besides arrogant, conservatives came out today attacking President Obama as a liar. And the National Review’s The Corner Blog, took the arrogance meme one step further, by saying that Obama’s upturned chin was reminiscent of Mussolini. So, Obama is a lying, arrogant Communist with an uppity-looking chin? Is name-calling and racism all that Republicans have to contribute to our national discourse?
Let’s see who called president Obama arrogant. Sean Hannity tweeted after Obama’s speech that he was “cold, arrogant, detached and defensive.” John Hood of The Corner attacked Obama’s speech, as “[G]rating,” “flippant and arrogant.” Marc Thiessen on washingtonpost.com wrote, “Instead of acknowledging these concerns [about terrorism], Obama dismissed them. It was strange, defensive, arrogant — and un-presidential.”
Jay Nordlinger of The Corner wrote, “Obama looks arrogant, whether he’s arrogant or not. I don’t think he can help it: It’s the upturned chin. When actors want to preen and so on: They turn that chin upward. Yikes.” And Glenn Beck said, “there’s no humility there,” adding, “the arrogance from the moment this guy walked in” and the “arrogance of the lies that he told last night.” We get it Beck: You think Obama is arrogant. Beck also called President Obama a “punk.”
And besides the unhinged Beck, who else attacked Obama as a liar? That would be Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). During an interview with KRMG radio in Tulsa, Inhofe said, “If you look at the groups he’s catering too, there’s a little bit for everyone — most of it wasn’t true” And Weekly Standard editor Michael Goldfarb tweeted after Obama’s speech, “You lie.”
And to top off this offensive orgy of name-calling, the award goes to Jay Nordlinger of The Corner, for not only attacking Obama as arogant, but slyly sneaking in a comparison to the Italian Communist ditactor Mussolini, by “reporting” that his readers noticed the smilarity between Obama and Mussolini:
“Lots of Mussolini in my inbox today. I never expected to find him there. Why is he swarming? Because I said, in my Corner notes about the State of the Union speech, that our president looks arrogant, whether he is arrogant or not, because of his upturned chin. He’s got that chin in the air, so much of the time. Enough readers to notice — say, 15 — have written (all independently, of course), Reminds me of photos or newsreels of Mussolini. Hmmm. Now, this is just a stylistic point, mind you. I’m sure NRO readers mean nothing nefarious by it. Compared with Il Duce, our president is surely Il Dolce.”
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