Bill Maher ended Real Time on Friday by mocking conservatives’ fixation on whether President Barack Obama loves the U.S. “in the right way.”
“He’s an adult, and he knows the difference between his country and his mommy,” Maher said. “Liberals love America plenty. They just think Paris is a more interesting vacation spot than Branson.”
Maher noted that 69 percent of Republicans stated in a poll last month that they did not think the president loved the country.
But by comparison, he argued, conservatives love America like parents who think their children are beyond reproach.
“When a note comes home from school reporting bad behavior, they go in and yell at the teacher,” he explained. “Or in the case of the school board in Oklahoma, yell at the people who wrote the American history textbook.”
The push in Oklahoma to alter textbooks so they would not reflect a “negative” view of the country, he said, reminded him of people who drink themselves into unconsciousness.
“They remember all the good stuff about the night before — the laughs, the winning at beer pong,” Maher said. “But no recollection of the bad — the pissing in the lobby fountain, groping co-workers, wiping out the Indians.”
“Every time I hear him talk about America, my reaction is ‘Get a room.’
Maher also gushed about the things he loved about the U.S., including the lack of a hereditary monarchy — “The Bushes and Clintons take turns,” he quipped — and its willingness to help other countries out “on a case-by-case basis.”
“Face it: we complain, but if you had a choice of any country to be born in for the last 200 years, you’d choose — well, Canada,” Maher conceded. “But after that, totally the U.S. of A.”
Watch Maher’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.