Wednesday’s White House was the scene of one of the greatest bipartisan love fests in recent memory. The occasion was the unveiling ceremony for the White House portraits of George W. Bush and wife Laura.
It was a perfect setting for another in an endless string of staged events to make Bogus Barack and Michelle the Malcontent come across as the 21st century’s version of Mike Brady (Robert Reed) and Carol Ann Martin (Florence Henderson), the fictional parents of TV’s Brady Bunch of yesteryear.
As Obama flashed his switchblade smile and heaped praise on the man he’s blamed for all of the world’s troubles for more than four years, both Republican and Democratic invitees filled the room with applause and laughter. I’ll stop short of saying they fondled one another, but, let me tell you, it was close. It was enough to make a cynic like me want to repent by running out on the street and hugging a Democrat.
Throughout the White House extravaganza, Megyn Kelly and her guests went on and on about how even though Republicans and Democrats disagree on many issues, when all is said and done, they realize that “they both want to do what is best for America — and we’re all in this together.” It almost brought tears to my eyes, kind of like the feeling one might expect if he were to undergo a colonoscopy without an anesthetic.
The Bushes, of course, towered above the “terrorist-fist-jab” couple (credit E.D. Hill) with their class, humor, and sincere graciousness. Although I can never forgive George Bush for his compassionate-conservative spending spree that opened the door to Son of Saul’s Marxist agenda, I must again admit, perhaps naively, that I believe the man has good intentions.
When the hugging and cheek pecking had mercifully come to an end, the atmosphere in the room was nothing short of giddy. Republicans and Democrats mingled warmly with one another, underscoring Megyn Kelly’s theme that “we’re all Americans.”
So much for the nauseating details. The big picture is this: It was a classic example of everything that anti-government patriots hate about Washington. Here were two men — one kind, compassionate, and with good intentions, the other nasty, completely devoid of compassion, with bad intentions — both of whom played major roles in destroying an already crippled U.S. economy in a mere eight years.
Forget their different personalities. Forget their different ideological beliefs. Forget their different intentions. What matters is the bottom line — that these two men presented a clear picture of everything that’s wrong with our political system.
Watching the Obamas and Bushes fawning over each other was yet another reminder to those Americans who are still awake that the problem is not any one politician, whether he be a Marxist or a staunch conservative. The problem is that these guys, strange bedfellows as they may be, are all in bed together. They are the political class, and you and I are their bankers — whether we like it or not.
Now, let’s all be good little patriots and demand more bipartisanship in Washington. Arrgh!
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