Obama makes sense
to many, but tiny
group protests trivia
President Obama’s limousine, with full escort, pulls into the Burbank Studios on Tuesday afternoon. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, visiting the Los Angeles area for a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was greeted by a minuscule group of almost silent protesters as he arrived – late – at the Burbank Studios on Tuesday just before 4 p.m.
“Pick a scandal, any scandal,” said Doug May, visiting from New York and holding an “Impeach Obama” sign in front of the main entrance to the lot an hour before the president was due.
“For Benghazi,” said Doug Perkins, of Woodland Hills, Calif., one of a group of three protesters gathered on the lush green lawn.
The crowd of ticketholders grew steadily from about 2 p.m.
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AMONG THEM was Penny Dahne, stopping over in Los Angeles on her way home to Florida after a vacation in Hawaii.
Penny Dahne of Florida didn’’t know the president was Jay Leno’s guest. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
“I’m a died-in-the-wool Republican,” she said, while waiting in line for admission to the studio. “Everyone should be a Republican.”
So, why was she waiting in line to see the Democratic President of the United States?
“I’m coming to see Jay Leno,” she said.
“I didn’t know the president was going to be here.”
The president was on top form with the host of The Tonight Show, but these days he’s on a roll.
What with the shambles in the Congressional “opposition” he has August to dominate the news cycle while the Republicans cry into their Tea Party cups, whining about nothing of any significance at all.
In remarks made by the president on jobs for the middle class – a truly important issue – at Amazon Chattanooga Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 30, he said, to applause:
“[W]hat we need to do as a country to secure a better bargain for the middle class [is] a national strategy to make sure that every single person who’s willing to work hard in this country has a chance to succeed in the 21st century economy.”
Beats anything he said to Jay Leno last night.
A tiny group of protesters awaits the arrival of the president at the Burbank Studios on Tuesday afternoon. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
On a more somber note that day, he seemed to be addressing the tiny cluster of protesters outside the Burbank Studios on Tuesday when he said:
“But so far, for most of this year, we’ve seen an endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals.
“And we keep on … shifting our attention away from what we should be focused on, which is how do we strengthen the middle class and grow the economy for everybody. (Applause) And as Washington heads towards yet another budget debate, the stakes couldn’t be higher.”
This president makes a great deal of sense to a great many people.
But the blowhards at Fox News and their irascible viewers will have none of it. They keep bleating about Benghazi, the IRS, and other trivia.
Let us hope the president – again – calls the Tea Party’s bluff as we head toward another shutdown of the federal government because Republicans in Congress refuse to acknowledge their duty to govern.
As we reported on this blog two days ago, the GOP has lost touch with reality.
Sound check, Mr. Leno?
How about a reality check?
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