Remember when your mother told you, “Words have meanings! Be careful of what you say because what you say can hurt people. What you say and how you say it tells others the type of person you are and what they will think of you.”
No? Well, I can’t remember my mom saying anything like that either. She was always too busy warning me not to play in the street and telling me to go wash my face.
But both spoken and written words can have powerful meanings and can be reflective of both the character of the speaker and the speaker’s estimation of the character of the addressee.
President Barack Hussein is very adept at using words, words and cliches fed to him by his handlers and dictated by his teleprompters, meaningless vocabulary like “hope,” and “change,” and “yes, we can.” He’s not so adept at dealing with those who disagree with him.
The notoriously thin-skinned Obama who early on in his run for the presidency expressed sensitivity over the obsession with his Dumbo ears and ruled out any political exploitatation of his daughters and then consistently exploited Malia and Sasha, met face-to-face Wednesday with Arizona governor Jan Brewer who seemed to mince no words with the president.
Brewer didn’t mention Dumbo but they did engage in a heated exchange on the Phoenix-Gateway Airport tarmac. Obama’s MSM and the leftist blogosphere have latched onto the photo of Brewer wagging her finger at the president of the United States as clear evidence conservatives have no respect for the presidency and as emblematic of conservatives’ disrespect for the country.
Based on a picture, the ever-objective, HufPo’s Michael Shaw described Brewer as “a reactionary governor, overflowing with the same lack of respect for the President as the radical far-right she’s aligned with” and called it an “ambush” despite raw video showing Brewer warmly greeted him with a big smile and handshake.
See the vid: http://bit.ly/yNnLxZ.
Although she had to publicly say Obama “loves his country,” the polite and dignified Gov. Brewer may have no respect for him at all but she is concerned over the integrity of America’s borders and has the deepest regard for our country, a concern and patriotic feeling the president has yet to demonstrate.
Full details of that brief airport contretemps and the contents of the letter the governor handed to Obama haven’t been released, and may never be.
However, it is known that the governor and the president weren’t happy with one another. He didn’t like her criticism of him in her book, Scorpions for Breakfast, she wasn’t pleased with his rudeness and walking away before she was done speaking. (http://bit.ly/wntrlk)
(As an aside, sales of Scorpions for Breakfast skyrocketed after the finger-wagging picture hit the blogosphere.)
According to Politico.com, a disingenuous committed Obamian supporter, Brewer said, “He brought up my book. And he was a little tense. I asked him if he read [it] . . . and he said he read the excerpt and he didn’t think that I was very cordial. He was somewhat thin-skinned and a little tense to say the least. I was trying to be very calm.”
It seems our president is developing a petulant pattern over pesky, un-cordial words.
As Sen. John McCain pointed out, “Apparently Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, had a similar exchange with the president. It is very well known he has a prickly personality, and I think it has been displayed in both of those cases.”
Following the the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and after months of pretending it didn’t happen because he had no clue how to deal with the catastrophe, Obama interrupted his golf games and paid a visit to Republican Governor Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana.
Again perturbed by words, the president had as little interest in discussing the oil spill as he has in border security. He also ignored the governor’s request for emergency food stamps in the wake of the disaster and instead berated Jindal for what he had written about him in his new book, Leadership and Crisis.
As Jindal wrote, ”Somehow, for some reason, President Obama had personalized this. And he was upset.”
What neither Brewer nor Jindal failed to understand is that Obama wasn’t interested in anything going on in Arizona or Louisiana but rather the governors’ criticism. The two Republican governors should have known that he only helps those likely to vote for him and worship him.