Hugs are gay and start wars. CNBC’s Larry Kudlow knows this all too well, from personal experience, and that is why he penned perhaps the greatest prose ever to grace Big Government, Andrew Breitbart’s ePoop depository. Just take a moment to admire Kudlow’s lede: “Am I the only one who saw weakness when President Obama and his departing chief of staff Rahm Emanuel gave each other big, fat, full-bore hug following their speeches at the resignation event in the White House’s East Room on Friday?” Of course not, Larry Kudlow! Don’t you read the newspapers? Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel are both huge flamers, and that’s why your feeble-old-man masculinity was able to detect their Weakness. We also noticed that every world leader saw this embrace on teevee and then gleefully activated their nuclear bomb machines — because the entire world is now going to take turns killing America, since its weak leaders are too busy hugging to even care.
Remember, this is on global television. And it has to do with the very top of the United States government. Our friends and enemies were all watching. I think the hug lacked dignity. It did not send a message of American power and forcefulness. So I fret about the reaction around the world to this kind of fraternity-like emotionalism in full public view.
Why not just a dignified, stand-up, serious handshake? That’s what Reagan would have done. A strong handshake shows friendship, respect, and even affection. But a big fat hug seems to go over the line.
Perhaps I’m overreacting to this. But when it comes to the presidency and the behavior of our top leaders, I think the image we want to send at home and abroad is one of serious strength of purpose. Not some kind of collegiate squeeze. Somehow the Obama-Emanuel embrace seemed demeaning — to the presidency, to our officialdom, and to our strength of purpose.
Overreacting to a hug witnessed by the entire world on global television? Don’t be silly. Everybody to the Fallout Shelter! And please hurry, Barack Obama might touch another man at any moment.