The Real Meltdown

Don’t tell a man to go to hell unless you are prepared to send him there.
–Some Texan

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

We’ve all heard about this. In the recent weeks’ deluge of world events and offal emerging from the White House, it passed by, bobbing on the flood waters.

But let’s take a closer look. Is this the classic “cry for help” that relatives cite after a ‘tragic incident’ and wish desperately they would have recognized earlier?

The President of the United States — Leader of the Free World — stood there with his face hanging out and allowed himself to be quoted in public as saying “it would be easier” to be a totalitarian leader who has people confined in organ farms for their non-conforming beliefs.

Consider: for holding a belief that does not conform with those allowed by The State human beings are jailed. Over 10,000 people a year disappear into “black jails” unmonitored by anyone because The State says they do not exist.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: The Leader of China has decreed that people cannot go further than a certain distance from their homes without permission from The State.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: China’s leader has used , as a “stimulus,” China’ resources to be used to build cities capable of housing millions of people. The cities are ghost towns with no one allowed to live there.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: The State sponsors an internet police force – estimated at more than 30,000 — to wipe out any comments critical of officials; local, regional or national.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: China experiences sporadic outbreaks of the plague, which is typically spread by rodents and fleas.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: China carries out almost three times as many executions as the rest of the world put together. Instead of firing squad, a “death van” is now used. “Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China “promotes human rights now,” says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: 90% of China’s cities’ groundwater and 75% of rivers and lakes are polluted which means that 700 million people drink contaminated water every day.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: China’s Gobi Desert is the size of Peru and expanding 1,400 square miles per year due to water source depletion, over-foresting, and over-grazing.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: New South China Mall in Dongguan, China is the largest mall in the world based on gross leasable area. It has been 99% vacant since its 2005 opening. Yet some predict China’s growth will be underpinned by a rapid expansion in emerging market economies, which will account for about 70% of global GDP growth in the coming decade.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: A square meter of residential property in Beijing costs an average of 26,000 yuan (US$3,800), but the average per capita monthly income is only 2,000 yuan.

“So Much Easier”

Consider: There are 292 individual languages still spoken in China.

“So Much Easier”

Why would it be easier?

As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Because “no one is scrutinizing” Hu’s words – as opposed to the scrutiny given the words of the Leader of The Free World.

Our POTUS is so seeeensitive that he is upset that, during one of History’s major incidents, his words — as Leader of The Free World — are being “scrutinized.”

Add to that, some “official” is allowed to explain that publicly.

Demonstration of incompetence [both political and job-related] and utter inadequacy? Check. Cry for help? Signs of a meltdown? You decide.



Inadequacy Update:

The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy.


  1. apotheosis
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:35 am |

    Cry for help? No. He doesn’t want help. He doesn’t NEED help. He’s the fucking Anointed One. He’s just pissed and sincerely confused that not everyone seems to recognize that fact.

    Rock stars eventually turn into asshole rock stars because they’re constantly surrounded by people who tell them they can do no wrong. In that, and ONLY that sense, O is a rock star.

  2. DoubleU
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:41 am |

    Be’in President shore is hard! He doesn’t want the job, he can’t handle the job. The job is great when he gets to play golf and B-ball with his hommies, Michelle likes her $500 shoes and hey, FREE JET! But that work stuff… he is a democrat, he doesn’t like work.

  3. Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:52 am |

    He is stressed out. I think he needs to take some personal time, maybe play golf, or basketball, or go to a party or fill out a bracket, or…..oh nebbermind.

  4. SondraK, Lympian Slayer
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:24 am |

    Presidentin’s hard.

  5. mojo
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:51 am |

    OT: DING!! Time’s Up!

    And yes, it was only a matter of time.

    Cars hacked wirelessly via OnStar and Sync

  6. Claire, Unreasonable, Ideologically Stubborn Ruralite
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:53 am |

    How do I build a farraday cage for my OnStar?
    …and my droid fone?

  7. accipiter NW
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:53 am |

    The grass is always greener on the Party Leader’s fairway.- Ancient Chinese proverb

    My NCAA pick is Wake Forest. Seriously, someone needs to wake Forrest.

    And I have an “unshakable” belief that teh One will soon be lecturing Japan on how they should be “glowing” with pride in those nuke techs working desperately to avert any further emissions.

  8. DoubleU
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:23 am |

    Mojo. They needed to use a an already existing blue tooth connection to begin hacking with Bluetooth. I also wonder if the vehicle has to be turned on.
    When I see those commercials for OnStar where they turn off the vehicle remotely I don’t think “nice” I think… “Oh shit”

  9. geezerette
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 9:08 am |

    Another good one Claire— we always have to read between the lines and watch our backs–

  10. mojo
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:21 am |

    UU: they needed a unit (phone, most likely) already associated with the car’s bluetooth hub to hack the bluetooth interface, but OnStar doesn’t use bluetooth – not enough range.

    And yeah, I had the same reaction when they started the “open the doors and start the car remotely” ads.

    I decided never to own a vehicle with OnStar.

    Mammy didn’t raise no chilluns THAT dumb.

  11. DoubleU
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:59 am |

    On the old site you had a picture of Obama dancing, playing golf, hitting the talk shows all smiles. Then when he had to do that Presidential stuff, you had a “sigh” caption. Post it again.

    I am sure if the police want to stop your car it will be for your own good and safety.

  12. Cheesy
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm |

    Ok Claire, you snuck into the oval office during a white house tour and lifted that list fron the desk, right?

  13. DougM
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |

    Okay, mojo, you win.
    That deserves a post of its own.

  14. ZZMike
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

    Well of course Hu’s job is easier. Whatever Hu says, goes. None of this silly “Yeah, but” stuff. None of this silly Constitution stuff. He just says “Make it so” (that quote is really from Pharaoh Ramses II), and it is so.

    And we remember Obama saying that the Constitution just gets in the way of so many things he’d like to do for us.

    (various sources)
    “”But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth,” he complained. “It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted, and one of the, I think, the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was, because the Civil Rights movement became so court focused, I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And, ah, in some ways we still suffer from that.”

    He is, after all, the master of the run-on sentence.