I get mail
It occurs to me that some of you may not have deranged relatives who forward absurd anti-Obama emails. It also occurs to me that it would be selfish to hog all the wingnutty goodness, so here’s an excerpt of an email forward that landed in my inbox last week:
Forwarded as received, but without comment, please do the same. Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening.
The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised “Meet The Press.”
From Sunday’s 07 Sept. 2008, 11:48:04 EST, Televised “Meet the Press” the then Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.
General Bill Ginn, USAF (ret.), asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.
‘Senator’ Obama replied: “As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides…..” “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression….” “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air, and all that sort of thing.”
(ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)
Obama continued:, “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing.’ If that were our anthem, then I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to Disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ......”
“When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts . We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice, which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag, and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past.”
My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America.”
EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NEEDS TO READ THIS, KEEP IT GOING ! ! SAVE AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE ! !
If you go to Snopes.com (which I always advise the forwarders and everyone cc’d to do prior to hitting “send”—to no avail), you’ll find that the absurd dialogue attributed to President Obama was from a satirical piece, a thing that should be immediately obvious to any sentient creature. But the people who forward emails like this to their entire contact list apparently believe it is plausible that then-candidate Obama went on Meet the Press and:
1) Proposed changing the national anthem to “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”
2) Advocated disarming the US to please “our Middle Eastern Brethren”
3) Admitted attending flag-burning ceremonies with the future First Lady
4) Threatened to overwhelm America with blackity-black-black-oogity-boogity prior to the 2008 election.
Here’s the thing for all those who are—as I often am—tempted to assume the 27% comprises only mumbling old coots who spend all day in urine-stained Barcoloungers watching Fox News and cleaning replica Civil War rifles: People who are gullible enough to find that email plausible aren’t necessarily drooling morons, at least about ALL topics.
They rotate your tires. They vaccinate your children. They process your cable bills. And they vote. Sweet dreams!
[X-posted at Balloon Juice]