You all know Barack Obama to be an America-hating half-Muslin, but what you didn’t know, maybe, is that he also thinks Americans are lazy according to this very funny Rick Perry ad that takes a recent Obama soundbite criticizing American business strategy out of context. And while health care reform/spreading jihad/not getting born here are bad enough in and of themselves, running around calling everybody a bunch of no-good layabouts goes TOO FAR, even if Obama never said that (and even if it’s true anyway). Therefore it makes perfect sense that Obama’s political opponents will be using this misleading quote constantly, every day, between now and next November.
(Before you do anything else, click on that video and wait for the part where Perry turns to us and says, “You believe that?” What is Perry doing? Why does he talk that way? Why is he wearing a gay shirt made out of blue satin?)
This all started a long, long time ago, last weekend, when Obama was in Hawaii talking to a bunch of CEOs and one CEO asked how can we attract more foreign investment to the United States. Obama, talking about foreign investment, responded, “We’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America.”
Boring, right? No! Because if you take that out of context and just use the “We’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades” part, it’s a GOLD MINE for a desperate GOP candidate. It’s like if Roger Ebert wrote, “I wanted to like this movie, but it sucked,” and the movie’s marketing team turned that into “I … LIKE THIS MOVIE!!!” and put that on all the posters.
So now of course all GOP candidates everywhere will be using the “lazy Americans” quote, in some form or another. According to Politico, Mitt Romney was so saddened by the quote that he wiped a tear and said, “Sometimes, I just don’t think that President Obama understands America.” (Other times, apparently, he does think that President Obama understands America.)