CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 2, 2015 – Any Google search on a topic like “funniest quotes of all time” will undoubtedly lead to an eclectic array of answers that are purely the opinion of the collector. But Monday Barack Obama likely took the Google rankings prize with a statement so outrageous it has to rank among the most definitive − if not the most definitive − misrepresentations in history.
What is worse, the president added two additional but equally outrageous declarations to the category that may give him a sweep of the top three rankings.
Using that as the kicker, here are a few samples of some of the best one-liners that rated highly. That is, until the president opened his mouth on June 1, 2015.
“The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.” – Demetri Martin
“For Sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain.” – Anonymous
“When people ask me how many people work here, I say, about a third of them.” – Lisa Kennedy Montgomery
“I was asked to name all the presidents. I thought they already had names.” – Demitri Martin
“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” – Albert Einstein
“I can resist everything except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde
Somebody somewhere thought these were classics. Whether or not you agree is a matter of choice and taste. But, at the very least, these citations are clever.
But now the ground has been prepared now for the grand, funniest finale, courtesy of President Barack Obama. He answered a question at a Monday town hall meeting with YSEALI Fellows − an exchange program for community leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) − as though it were No. 1 on a David Letterman “Top Ten” list.
Breitbart News reports that while addressing the group, Obama stated that his administration has restored the United States’ position as “the most respected country on earth.”
Talk about self-aggrandizement.
That statement is so laugh-out-loud funny, it defies credulity. But undeterred, Obama continued.
“People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth. Part of that I think is because of the work we did to re-engage the world and say we want to work with you as partners with mutual interests and mutual respect. It was on that basis we were able to end two wars while still focusing on the very real threat of terrorism and try to work with our partners in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the reason why we are moving in the direction to normalize relations with Cuba and the nuclear deal that we are trying to negotiate with Iran.”
In 1994 Nicholas Hytner directed a film titled “The Madness of King George,” which was adapted by Alan Bennett from his stage play “The Madness of King George III.” This story is an account of King George III’s deteriorating mental health during his late 18th century reign. One has to wonder if a similar drama might not be created within the next century detailing the “madness of King Obama.”
Breitbart further reports that Obama may also have claimed the next two “funniest” slots for presidential misinformation when he said, “One of my core principles is that I will never engage in politics in which I’m trying to divide people or make them less than me because they look different or have a different religion. That’s a core principle, that’s not something I would violate.”
In other words, Obama was justifying his foreign policy in the Middle East.
Domestically such rhetoric is simply an out-and-out falsehood. Obama’s entire presidency has been built upon political advantage in one capacity or another. All of which means that he, in fact, has no “core principles.”
Laugh line No. 3 occurred when the president stated, “Unfortunately, too many politicians, they’re just climbing the ladder but they don’t know why, and when they get there then they’re not very effective leaders. That’s when you lose your way, right? You have to be willing to lose something for your principles, you have to be willing to lose an election.”
As a matter of clarification, the president opined that such politicians were “subject to the temptations of corruption and willing to give up anything to stay in power.”
Thus endeth yet another day in the wacky world of Obamaville.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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