The greatest orator in human history–the most brilliant student, the most accomplished “professor,” the most insightful author, the most effective pResident, and above all, the best darned community organizer Chicago ever had–descends from the Throne of Heaven to eulogize some guy or other. You can guess what the speech ended up being all about.
Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display Friday when the president gave his eulogy for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who served in Congress for half a century representing Obama’s birth state of Hawaii.
Inouye was a Japanese-American war hero (he lost an arm in World War II, destroying his dream of becoming a surgeon), and as a senator he served on the Watergate committee, helped rewrite our intelligence charter after scandals, and was chairman of the Senate committee that investigated the Iran-Contra affair. It’s the kind of material any eulogist could use to give a moving sense of the man and his accomplishment. But President Barack Obama’s remarks at Inouye’s funeral service were a bizarre twirl around his own personal Kodak carousel.
Obama likes to see events through the lens of his own life’s chronology. Thus we learn that Inouye was elected to the Senate when Obama was 2 years old. Now you could make this relevant by describing how Inouye worked to send federal dollars (you don’t have to call it “pork” at a funeral) to transform Hawaii’s roads and schools, for example, so that the Hawaii Obama grew up in had the kind of facilities people on the mainland had long taken for granted. But no, we simply learn that Inouye was Obama’s senator until he left the state to go to college—something apparently more momentous than anything Inouye did during his decades in office.
Inouye had accomplished more before he was thirty than the useless, lazy bum currently disgracing the Oval Office ever will. It’s about time some of you left-wing dullards started paying attention–although since it’s Salon, the worshipful commenters predictably beclown themselves defending their beloved slow-witted Narcissus from the unwelcome revelation about his singular lack of humility and character, just as you’d expect.
Enjoy yet another of your ridiculously excessive “free” vacations, Barky. Don’t be in any too big a hurry about coming back, hear?