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March 26, 2009
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Imagine if President McCain Joked About the Special Olympics
President Barack Obama, in an appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jay
Leno, made a self-deprecating but ill-advised joke, in which he referred
to the Special Olympics. He quickly apologized. Crisis averted.
But the real story is the media double standard: Imagine the uproar if a
President John McCain made the Special Olympics comment.
For that matter, imagine if a President McCain mistook a White House
window for a door; his secretary of Treasury had not paid taxes; he
granted two dozen waivers to his no-lobbyists-in-government rule; and he
had promised bipartisanship but got only three across-the-aisle votes
for his "stimulus" package.
Imagine if President McCain, after promising a "clean break" from his
predecessor, retained "extraordinary rendition," the FISA program, the
option of wiretapping without warrants, and the option of using
"enhanced interrogation techniques"; he promised to close Gitmo, then
said it would take as long as a year, but then our European allies
refused to take in "detainees" from their own countries; he reneged
on/fudged his promise to have all combat troops out of Iraq within "16
months of his presidency"; he adopted for Afghanistan the same
counterinsurgency strategy used in Iraq, which, as a candidate, he'd
criticized for not "achieving its objectives"; and he used the same
"state secrets" argument as did the Bush administration in the same
court case, to avoid turning over certain national security documents in
an ACLU-brought case on behalf of an alleged torture victim/detainee.
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Imagine if on the campaign trail a future President McCain had
declared a nuclear-armed Iran "unacceptable" but agreed to engage in
negotiations without preconditions; Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad told the new President he must apologize for 60 years of
anti-Iranian activity; President McCain then reached out to the Iranians
in a televised address; and in response, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who
holds ultimate authority in Iran told him to a) drop animosity and
criticism, b) end sanctions, c) unfreeze assets, and d) end
"unconditional support" for Israel.
Imagine if President McCain acted "outraged" as though he, his
secretary of Treasury, and a party leader (Sen. Christopher Dodd,
D-Conn.) had not previously known about and approved the controversial
AIG bonuses; executives at Freddie and Fannie, failed institutions now
taken over by government, were getting bonuses, too; and during this
recession, after criticizing taxpayer-funded corporate retreats,
President McCain and First Lady Cindy McCain threw taxpayer-funded White
House parties nearly every night, hiring entertainers such as Stevie
Wonder and the Jonas Brothers.
Imagine if, as sitting president, McCain appeared on "The Tonight Show"
with Jay Leno and cracked jokes, while as the media would have
written "millions of Americans have lost their homes and their jobs
with millions afraid they're next, yada, blah, etc."; he tripled the
projected annual deficit and intended, within a short period, to double
the national debt; and he promised to "create or save" an ever-changing
number of jobs never offering a yardstick to define a "saved job."
Imagine that McCain's vice president made a number of gaffes, including
not knowing the "recovery" Web site despite going on national television
to promote it and revealing on television through his wife that
he'd had the option of a job as secretary of State or VP thus showing
the administration's extreme disrespect toward the current secretary of
Imagine if, of the 18 important sub-Cabinet positions in the Treasury
Department, none were filled; after promising "transparency," McCain
wouldn't say where the TARP money had gone and who had gotten it; after
receiving bailout money, the largest 20 financial institution recipients
actually reduced lending the opposite intent of the program; saying
that he wasn't a "socialist," McCain defended himself by asserting that
"it wasn't on my watch" that we'd bought shares of banks but omitted
that, as senator, he'd supported and voted for it; and he constantly
said he'd "inherited" the deficit despite as a senator voting for
TARP and other programs that had wildly increased it.
Imagine if President McCain ungraciously treated Prime Minister Gordon
Brown from the U.K. our closest and oldest ally and gave him
cheap, tacky gifts apparently picked up from the White House gift shop
and someplace like Wal-Mart.
Imagine if, despite a reputation for "eloquence," President McCain
relied on teleprompters for even the most minor of statements, verbally
stumbling and flailing when the teleprompters malfunctioned; he broke
protocol and tradition by pre-picking and giving notice to the reporters
to be called on in press conferences; and he admonished the out-of-power
party by denouncing a popular talk show host and imploring the opposite
party to refuse to listen to him.
Imagine if the media kept referring to him as "popular" when his poll
numbers were virtually identical to those of George W. Bush at the
50-day mark in their respective presidencies; and his chief of staff, in
a newspaper article about his achievements as a House member, said in
front of a reporter that the opposition party could "go f-
On the other hand, Cleveland State beat Wake Forest.
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