I’ll have you know that Barack Obama was the first man to hate on the Olympics.
The 2080 Olympics, because he already went and saw them. Blackazoid can time travel, motherfuckers. And he can hate.
The new (by which I mean already established) meme about Barack Obama is that he hates America and, by extension, our salt of the earth ways. Except, presumably, those of us who live in cities, drink lattes, think that America is on the wrong track, are black or who are the prophesied heroes of lore.
So, pretty much everyone, really.
The Right blogosphere is chuckling over the last Barack Obama ad lib suggesting that America has gone downhill. Combined with the Old Michelle ( e.g. America is mean, she’s never been proud of America) rather than the New Michelle, it revives the meme that Obama doesn’t think all that highly of the country and the fellow citizens he seeks to lead.
Remember: if the country is not in dire straits then no ordinary, experienced politician will do. We have to throw away the playbook, take a leap of faith and elect the One Who Is Like No Other. So of course everything must be worse than before — why else would we need Him?
If you’ll remember, they did the same thing to Kerry in ’04 when he chose “Let America Be America Again” as his slogan. It rendered Kerry akin to a a traitorous atheist comsymp. Never mind that Reagan was the apex of extolling the virtues of America as it could be (or that the entire American conservative movement is based on the fundamental conception that America has drifted away from what made it once great, even though said markers of greatness never really existed) – when a Democrat says that America can not only get better, but has work to do to be as good as it once was, they might as well be telling each and every one us that we’ve been toiling away in the salt mines of our own mediocrity, stupidly grazing in the fields of our own stupidity.
Let’s not make America great again. Even though Blackazoid has already slipped me the news that we get great again on June 14, 2011. The future’s a dangerous thing.