Streetwise Professor

October 19, 2012

It Was on Comedy Central, But I’m Not Laughing

Filed under: Military,Politics — The Professor @ 7:15 pm

Subjecting himself to another grueling interview from a grizzled, hard-hitting journalist, Obama told Comedy Central’s John Stewart that: “Here is what I will say, if four Americans get killed it is not optimal.”*

This brought to mind other similar quotes from history:

FDR: “What happened in Pearl Harbor on December 7 was not optimal.”

Napoleon: “Ce qui s’est passé à Waterloo n’était pas optimale.”

Anne Boleyn’s head: “Marrying Henry was not optimal.”

I encourage all of you to provide other historical quotations relating to sub-optimal occurrences.

The mother of one of the victims of the failure to optimize is not humored by what transpired on Comedy Central:

The mother of an American diplomat killed during a terrorist raid on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has hit out at Barack Obama for describing the attack as ‘not optimal’, saying: ‘My son is not very optimal – he is also very dead.’

Uhm, why do we have to read about that in a UK paper?  I remember Cindy Sheehan being on every major media outlet in the US, blaming Bush for the death of her son.  Sean Smith’s mother: non-person.  And that despite the fact that Bush never uttered anything as callous and euphemistic as Obama has not once, but twice-for remember before the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi wasn’t optimal, they were “a bump in the road.”

How low we have fallen.

*Note the CBS News weasel headline, which states only Obama’s statement that the administration’s PR response was not optimal, eliding altogether over his statement that the deaths of four Americans was not optimal.

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  1. My first law: “One’s own stubbed toe hurts more than someone else’s decipatation” applies to the O with a vengance. Such deaths are more an affront to his ambitons than a tragedy because they interfere with what he wants. What is amazing is that he displays this near pathology so readily to the world, and no one gives a damn. We have not just fallen, we have lost our sense of smell.

    He is typical of many leftists who profess to love humanity in the abstract, but cannot stand, or even relate to people. His inability to conect at the human level, beyond the illusions projected by the media have never been clearer. It should not be a shock that this part of him is not commented upon, many of his followers in the media are the same. To them it is normal.

    Comment by Sotos — October 19, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  2. Really Destructive Maniacs
    04/2012 – Dr. Sanity  [edited, rearranged, emphasis added]
    === ===
    The compassionate type of narcisst is more subtle and equally destructive. He pursues an aggressive idealism/utopianism despite the misery it causes in other people’s lives, and despite the dead bodies left behind. This malignant narcissism is always justified because it is for “your own good”, or “the common good”, or “to make people better”.

    The selfish narcissist is preoccupied with “Me, Me, Me” and uses others for his own aggrandizement and reward. Both he and the compassionate narcissist (“Look at how wonderful I am for making you better!”) do not see other people as distinct individuals with needs and desires of their own, but only as fodder for the expression of some ideal, or as pawns to achieve the utopian fantasies of their own ideology.

    They think they are superior, and know what is best for all. If they happen to personally benefit financially, socially and culturally, then all the better! They deserve it for their extraordinary compassion and good works.
    === ===

    Comment by Andrew_M_Garland — October 19, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

  3. Decapitation not decipitation. Sorry

    Comment by sotos — October 20, 2012 @ 7:13 am

  4. “…the war situation has developed not necessarily optimally to Japan’s advantage…” Hirohito.

    Actually, hang on a minute…he really did say that.

    Comment by Green as Grass — October 22, 2012 @ 8:54 am

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