Help Old John Sununu Out (Now With Added More)
There appears to be a phrase or expression would-be Breitbartlet and all-round hoary old hasbeen fart John Sununu’s having trouble fishing for here:
WASHINGTON—In the span of one morning, top Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu referred to President Obama as dumb and stupid, called the Chicago political culture from which he came “corrupt,” brought up Obama’s admitted use of marijuana as a kid in Hawaii, resurfaced the name of Tony Rezko—the jailed financier with ties to Obama—and then questioned the president’s Americanness.
“This guy doesn’t understand how to create jobs. So there is no surprise—there should be because of that statement no surprise on why he failed so miserably over the last four years, in terms of job creation,” Sununu said on Fox.
“He has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia,” he said. “And, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.”
Then it seems the effects of the bottle of Jack Daniels he’d imbibed before breakfast began to wear off:
It was a tour-de-force performance for the former New Hampshire governor, whose demonstrated willingness to throw punches has made him the wartime consigliere for the Romney campaign. But moments after Sununu said on a conference call Tuesday morning that he wished Obama “would learn how to be an American,” he tried to clarify and downplay the remark.
“What I thought I said but I guess I didn’t say is that the president has to learn the American formula for creating business,” Sununu said. “The American formula for creating business is not to have the government create business.”
This no doubt dovetails with the comprehension conundrum Tim F. is posing over at Balloon Juice at the moment regarding wingnuts’ desperate attempts to wilfully mis-parse President Obama’s recent Roanoke speech:
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
Exam time. What was Obama saying that the individual business owner did not build? Discuss.
My honest response would be that Obama would have left himself less open to misrepresentation if he’d said “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build those. Somebody else made those happen.”
My realistic one would be that those shrieking about it all over the show just make shit up on an hourly basis anyway, so nevermind.
Or perhaps President Obama’s leaving himself vulnerable to misinterpretation can be attributed to the news that he’s “weaning himself off the teleprompter”.
I don’t think that’s the case at all. I think Mitt Romney stole it.
More: John Hinderaker over at PowerLine, who had his irony centers surgically removed as a child and keeps them in a jar on his mantelshelf for old times’ sake, takes the high ground:
This morning I participated in a media phone call organized by the Romney campaign. It was led by John Sununu and focused on President Obama’s astonishing claim that “If you got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to focus on his worthy screed bemoaning how Sununu’s words above overshadowed the small business owners also party to the call who were OUTRAGED!!!! at things the president never actually said but Hinderaker’s only to happy to propagate. But the tears cleared when I got to Dan Riehl’s dump, where he epitomized the worst excesses of the MSM that are so vexing Hinderaker.
Oh, this one is going to leave a mark. Somewhere in a dark closet where no one is watching, Keith Olbermann is wetting his pants without a microphone. As for Chris Matthews, he may have even put down his bottle of Scotch to think for a minute how much mileage he’s going to try and get out of this one. Raaacism!!! Birtherism!!!! ... Alcoholism!!!
I got the alcoholism thing covered here, Dan. How about you do the heavy lifting on the Raaacism!!! and Birtherism!!! It’s more your patch, after all.
More more: Again from HuffPo:
UPDATE: Sununu appeared on CNN later Tuesday and apologized for his phrasing that he wished Obama “would learn how to be an American,” but didn’t back down from the general attack on Obama’s job creation record.
“I made a mistake, I shouldn’t have used those words,” he said. “I’m apologizing for those words, I shouldn’t have used them.”
When asked why he referenced Obama’s past pot use or time in Indonesia, he dodged the question and responded that “the president has to stop denigrating American values” and “he’s sending the wrong message to the American people that if you’re rich, you’re somehow evil.”