Obama the Bear is Loose
As NBC reports, “'The Bear is Loose': Obama Strolls to Starbucks in D.C.” Hear him roar!
Elsewhere we read:
ABC: “Obama ‘The Bear’ Lets Loose in Denver”
Huffington Post: 'The Bear Is Loose!' Obama Goes Out And About”
Washington Post: “The bear is loose’: Obama escapes from the White House”
Going all the way back to the early days of the campaign, whenever President Obama shook off his schedule and busted out of the bubble, we would say "The Bear is loose."
Lately, the Bear has been loose a lot -- and this week will be no different.
Obama himself has joined in: "With Secret Service, I always tease them that I'm like a caged bear and every once in a while, I've got to break loose."
Wait, there’s more: Obama is “shaking off his schedule,” and breaking the chains of his handlers. This week he’s really breaking loose…to have a beer with women in Denver and Austin who wrote him fan letters.
The President is hitting the road on a three-day swing to Colorado and Texas, where he will meet with Americans who've written him letters. […]
The day after the State of the Union, a woman named Alex received a raise, allowing her to pay rent and afford groceries without worry. Alex’s boss was inspired by the President’s call and increased her wage right away. Earlier this year, Alex wrote the President to say “thank you.” Tonight, the President will deliver his reply in person when he meets Alex for dinner in Denver.”
Whitehouse.gov published this photo of the Presidential Bear in action at an earlier date in Minneapolis:
Seriously, this is acutely embarrassing stuff. It’s an obvious razzle-dazzle meant to distract from the multiple calamities facing the Obama Administration, but such a lame epic fail deserves acknowledgement.
Consider Alex’s pay raise, normally a matter decided between an employer and an employee. A normal person, one without Obama’s narcissistic personality disorder, would at least pretend to reassure Alex that she deserved the raise because of her exemplary work habits. Or he might thank her boss for running a profitable business that could reward valuable employees like Alex.
Instead, Obama tastelessly gloms the credit and flies in on Air Force One with his Secret Service motorcade, burning more taxpayer dollars than Alex could earn in her lifetime. He aims the spotlight at himself, and turns Alex’s raise into a political event that demonstrates how essential government is. To top it off, the White House tries to spin Obama’s road trips as evidence of how hard the President is working for the American people. See, he’s a man who doesn’t just sit around! No sir, he’s out there drinking beer and lattes with his grateful subjects.
All three of the people Obama chose to wine and dine are unaccompanied women, which is consistent with his paternalistic view of government as protector of the “weaker” sex. These dates are real-life enactments of the Obama campaign’s “Life of Julia” cartoons exalting single mom Julia’s life as a government dependent. (As Katie Pavlich notes, no parallel Life of Jim was produced.)
One other thing: the bear is a terrible choice for Obama’s animal spirit, aside from the fact that it has been the symbol of Russia since the 17th century. Bears are lumbering, fat, unrefined in their violence, directly confrontational. Suggestion to the White House: Obama is skinny, sneaky, coyote-like. He even has big ears like Wile E. Coyote.
To extend the metaphor: the coyote is a mythological figure in many cultures. Wikipedia:
In some Native American coyote myths, Coyote is a revered culture hero who creates, teaches, and helps humans [among Democrats]. In others, [Republicans] he is a sort of antihero who demonstrates the dangers of negative behaviors like greed, recklessness, and arrogance; in still others, he is a comic trickster character, whose lack of wisdom gets him into trouble while his cleverness gets him back out. […]
[The coyote is] the culture hero, the trickster, the fool, the clown. He also has the ability of the transformer: in some stories he is a handsome young man; in others he is an animal; yet others present him as just a power, a sacred one.
[The sacred One we have been waiting for.]
In other stories, the Coyote is purely a clown that entertains; however, he usually ends up tricking people and sometimes stealing from them. He is engaged in changing the ways of rivers, standing of mountains, creating new landscapes and getting sacred things for people.
[“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”]
"Coyote takes water from the Frog people... because it is not right that one people have all the water."
[“Income inequality is the defining challenge of our time.”]
So, pajama boys in the White House Advertising Agency, how about a new marketing slogan: “The Coyote is Loose”?