They say the “selfies” are over in the White House.
Red Sox’s designated hitter David Ortiz snapped one last week at the White House with Barack Obama, a picture which was subsequently used as a promotional series by Samsung, the maker of the device that Ortiz used.
"In general, whenever someone tries to use the president's likeness to promote a product, that's a problem," White House Press Jester Dan Pfeiffer said.
He meant promoting a product that isn't about the president is a problem.
Because if I were you, I wouldn’t count on the Selfie President giving up on selfies yet.
Look, folks: This is the first presidency in the history of the United States that’s been only about one man.
And you know that man as Barack Obama, himselfie.
Who doesn’t believe he has a wall full of selfies with the other guy cropped out?
If it weren’t for the "selfie" Obama would have no presidency at all.
Only a Barack Obama presidency, a presidency designed to prop up the most unpropable of men, would claim unemployment is going down—“making progress” is how they term it—when in fact our labor force bears vast scars, not from the “Slight Depression”, but rather from the opportunist who sough to take advantage of it to ensure his place in history.
The scars are semi-permanent too, regardless of where the official unemployment number goes.
We don’t have the capacity to restore full economic growth under a regime that continues to promote electricity while crippling our ability to manufacture it.
Nor will we be able to generate the economic growth we need, when we play economic victim to worldwide oil cartels, eastern European thugs and Middle East strongmen on both sides of the religious divide.
For all the talk about how poor the economy has been, for how terrible the recession was—a recession that Obama inherited—who really thinks that such a nightmare scenario should support oil prices at $100 per barrel?
And $100 a barrel for oil, in the end, costs Americans jobs, and economic opportunity.
If people want to know where jobs went, all they have to do is look at the totality of Obama’s policies one by one and subtract the jobs.
The War on Coal costs jobs.
The Solar boondoggle costs jobs.
Interest payments on the debt costs jobs.
Dodd-Frank costs jobs.
The Stimulus costs jobs.
And of course any one of these programs would have cost any other president his job.
But not the Selfie President.
This is the same guy with the same Party--himself--who claims the economy is in full swing, yet wants to pass "emergency" unemployment benefits. How about we pass some employment benefits like a repeal of Obamacare?
As Obamacare hit two weeks old, the crime isn’t that Obama’s managed to mismanage another government program, the crime is that he tried to create a monument to himself, despite what it did to our labor force, our economy, our poor and our constitution.
Talk about the Mother of all Selfies.
Over and over we have seen a liberal press and a liberal establishment fall all over themselves to get their own “selfies” with the president; selfies that ranged from putting the halo behind the president’s head, to the famous tingle Chris Matthews had when Obama whistled; to proclaiming Obamacare a success because, according to the government, the government signed up 7 million people for a government program that’s an indication of our want, not our plenty.
That the program makes the government rather omnipotent in our lives is just the cost of having a messiah in the first place.
It’s as Herman Melville told us in Moby Dick: “To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart, the harpooners of this world must start to their feet from out of idleness, and not from out of toil.”
It would be such a pity to ruin the best, smartest, and the most blackest president ever by expecting him to do his job.
Aren’t the selfies enough?
Yes; rather they are too much, actually.
But, hey, it’s all he’s got.
And he is all he's ever needed too.