Obama lets the crocodile tears flow
If President Obama is considering a second career in acting, he may want to get a day job. His performance during Tuesday’s press conference on
executive action tyrannical order on gun control was weak. In fact, the entire high-drama presentation was a despicable display of a sick little man. (Reported by the AP here.)
Another executive order on a major issue flies in the face of how our government is supposed to function. Obama’s rationale is that he’s taking this step because Congress won’t act. If Congress doesn’t act, so be it. If Congress doesn’t move forward on certain issues as the president would like, so be it. Our constitutional republic was founded not on the idea that if Congress doesn’t act according to a president’s wishes and whims, then the president is mandated to take things into his own hands. That’s how the rule of law morphs into a dictatorship. Things have become so dumbed down that no one in the media even raises this point.
The Executive Actions
As to Obama’s proposal, it is reprehensible and has been covered extensively around the blogosphere, including an excellent overview at the Free Beacon, which is summarized below.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will determine who is “engaged in the business” of selling firearms under federal law and, therefore, who is required to obtain a license to sell firearms. A person selling even just one firearm may be required to obtain a Federal Firearms License. The process to obtain a license takes several months and costs a lot of money.
The Social Security Administration will establish rules that will prohibit certain Social Security recipients from legally obtaining guns. This could impact millions of senior citizens from owning firearms.
Additional initiatives of the executive order include: “…hiring more ATF agents, hiring more FBI agents to run background checks, increasing research into so-called “smart gun” technology, adding further state recorders to the federal background check system, and making that system operate around the clock.”
During the press conference, Obama made sure to say, “This is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns.” And I guess, technically, that’s true. Except it will take away a heck of a lot of people’s guns. And it’s one more step toward the left’s ultimate dream of, indeed, taking away everybody’s guns (except, of course, the bad guys and the government’s).
It was a doozie! One might have thought Obama was auditioning for Juilliard as he delivered dramatic lines, such as when he invoked a variation of Martin Luther King’s words, stating that “[w]e need to feel the urgency of now.” But the pinnacle came when a new weapon in Obama’s arsenal of lies was revealed: crocodile tears. Here’s how the script unfolded.
Wipe tear from left eye.
Rest chin in one hand in a faux reflective pose.
Resume speaking (referring to victims of gun violence): “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad.”
Wipe tear from right eye.
Swallow/gulp as if deeply upset and struggling to keep it together, emotionally.
Reflexive turn to teleprompter reveals left side of his face is wet from tears.
Statement: “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
Wipe tears from left cheek as he holds gaze off into the distance.
Cue: Audience clapping!
In bizarre nanosecond shift, resume speaking in normal tone.
Wipe more tears from right side of face.
Camera pans out. Biden is standing next to Obama with an expression inspired by Grumpy Cat.
It was a sight to behold. And if I may, I’d like to offer a few comments and then let AT readers take it away.
As to Obama’s reference to Chicago, it was gratuitously thrown in (with a breezy and patronizing “and by the way”). He knows that his adopted home town will be cited by critics as proof of the ineffectiveness of strict gun control laws, so this was a pre-emptive strategy.
But the biggest thing was the tears! Oh, how the tears did flow. You know, it’s not difficult to cry on cue. Actors do it all the time. So do liars. Ordinary people may also use tears as a means of manipulation. If a person is mentally unstable, producing tears on demand may be that much easier.
What jumped out at me the most was not just the tears, but the disconnect between the word Obama used to describe his emotions and the expression of his emotions. He said he was “angry” as tears flowed. I hate to break it to the president of the United States, but he might want to get a new scriptwriter for his next Oscar performance, because anger and tears are a mismatch.
Anger induces a long list of physical changes that may occur (internally and externally). Tears aren’t typically one of them. And when a person is angry, others can feel it. Just as when a person is genuinely sad, that can be felt by others as well. But we don’t feel anything listening to or watching Obama – at least not the feelings he’s gunning for (pardon the pun). That’s because he feels nothing. Instead, we observe a man acting. And poorly, at that.
No doubt lemmings were moved by his performance because, well, they’re lemmings.
“The urgency of now” in his last year in office. No kidding.
(To read a Breitbart article about five senior citizens in 2015 that saved their lives thanks to a gun, see here.)