In a way, it's good, because I had no clue who to crack with the AOTW until after lunch. But then for words penetrated into my consciousness that I hadn't heard (because of the whole "out of it" thing (although it appears to be a new story): Sarah Palin's cheat sheet. This has let loose the fires of the left, although I'm not exactly sure why. So here's a vid with the requisite non-seriousness that explains the whole ruckus:
(never mind, the Fox News site is acting up and giving out shit code again. And before you start saying everything on Fox is non-serious, the clip I found really was, by any standard)
Now obviously, the reason she's being jumped on is because President Obama has been getting shit, and been the butt of endless jokes about his near-slavish reliance on the teleprompter, and the night-and-uh-um-uh-day difference in his speaking style. And while there is comparison between Obama's need to read every word he emotes or stammer like a drunken frat boy with a cop shining a light in his face and Sarah's high school note taking skills, it's only because somebody wants really badly to bitch about something other than how bad a job Washington is doing.
Now to clarify, I do have some issues with Sarah Palin. All of them are substantive issues, not stylistic issues. And other than being sweet joke material, the hand note thing is simply extending the memory. I'd probably suggest writing the notes on a 'prompter next time. And look into endorsing a hand soap brand or two.
A side note: I still write notes on my hand, but I'm just a dirty (and lazy) bastard. Although it could be a green thing, saving paper and all. So by that standard, Sara's speeches are greener than any by the president, because the POTUS sucks power. Action over words?
Finally, there's a big difference between a crude note to keep you on topic and having to drag the TOTUS out for speeches to schoolchildren, off-the-cuff comments, and family dinners. So if you're taking it beyond mockery, you're an asshat. Just not asshat of the week.
And because every inanimate object should have its day:
*pausing for requisite groan*
But with the arrival of Barack Obama, the TOTUS has become a character, a crutch, a running joke, and an icon all at once. Maybe it has gotten too big. Thus the need to apply asshattery.
And Sarah Palin's abandonment of 'prompter tech in favor of a
No self-respecting TOTUS can ever let this happen.
So anyone pushing for Sarah Palin to run for president hates teleprompters, and wants us to descend into the dark ages of waiting for the speech. After all, imagine how much better the Gettysburg Address would sound if it could be delivered on a teleprompter.
But the lack of spontaneity, killed by that dirty-handed Sarah, is also a weakness of the prompter, and that glaring weakness is what gets it the AOTW this week.
Seriously, how could the 'prompter have saved Obama here?