Special Inauguration Week BOW Award

January 25, 2009

I’m still not ready to return to the full-length BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award entries I was posting during the political campaign.  But I did want to give out this special Inauguration Week BOW Award, because it seems so richly deserved.

No, I’m not giving it to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, for his mangling of the Presidential Oath on Tuesday, though I could.  Nor am I giving it to Vice President Joe Biden, for his ill-advised joke about the Chief Justice which seemed to annoy President Barack Obama (first time I’ve typed that — I like it!) so much the following day, though I could.

Instead, this BOW Award goes to America’s number one talk radio clown, Rush Limbaugh, for announcing to the world that he hopes Obama fails as President.  Limbaugh was asked by “a major American print publication” for a 400 word essay on his “hopes for an Obama Presidency.”

Here’s his exact reply:

So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” … See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.” Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it.

First off, who knew that liberalism was responsible for all that’s gone wrong in the last eight years?   And here I thought George Bush and the Republican leaders of Congress for most of the last decade were conservatives.  Silly me.  Second, this is the same guy who just two years ago said, with respect to people on the left who he perceived as rooting for George Bush’s failure, “I’m getting so sick and tired of people rooting for the defeat of the good guys.”  For the record, I never wished for George Bush to fail.  I never wanted American soldiers to die in Iraq because of his misguided policies.  I never rooted for the economy to tank, costing millions of Americans their homes and their jobs.  Mr. Bush managed to preside over all these things without encouragement from me, without any of us rooting for him to fail.  Was I an enthusiastic supporter?  Never.  Did I support him in the aftermath of 9/11, when for one brief, shining moment he actually expressed the mood of the nation and seemed to be responding responsibly?  Yes, I did.  Then he attacked Iraq.

If Rush wants to root for Obama’s failure, that’s fine.  Right-wing ideologues have been marginalized already.  By publicly calling for the failure of a new President with 75% approval ratings, in a time when people are truly suffering, Rush furthers that process, and makes it clear to all just what a buffoon he is.  And so this week, he wins the BOW Award.  Take a BOW there Rush; you’ve earned it.  And then see if you can get the other foot in your mouth, too.  Maybe that will shut you up for a while….


2 Responses to “Special Inauguration Week BOW Award”

  1. Ted said

    Rush Limbaugh was born in 1951 to an American mom “Millie” and an American dad lawyer & WWII Fighter Pilot in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Since ‘President’ Obama now wants to silence El Rushbo even before BHO has a chance to try to re-establish the “fairness doctrine” to silence all conservative talk radio, I’ve got three questions (but answers to only two of them):

    FIRST QUESTION: Who IS the actual and lawful 44th President of the USA?

    ANSWER: Joe Biden

    Biden was initially the Acting President for at least 5 minutes under either the Constitution’s Article 2 or the Constitution’s 20th Amendment, from 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, having already taken his Oath of Office and before Obama completed his ‘oath’ at approximately 12:05 PM, 1/20/09. Under the 20th Amendment if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify, or alternatively under Article 2 if the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term, being 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, which ability and/or qualification includes that he take the Article 2 oath “before he enter on the execution of his office,” then either the Presidency shall devolve on the Vice President under Article 2 or the Vice President shall act as President under the 20th Amendment. (The importance of the oath in ‘commencing’ an ‘Obama Presidency’ — rather than merely the 1/20/09 Noon time — is confirmed by the re-take of the ‘oath’ by Obama at the White House on 1/21/09 after the first ‘oath’ was NOT administered by Justice Roberts NOR recited by Obama in the words as required under Article 2.)

    This is significant because at such time that the Supreme Court finally rules on the merits on Obama’s disqualification as not being an Article 2 “natural born citizen” (clearly he is NOT under either and/or both of two theories — (1) BHO refuses to show Birth Certificate to deny Kenyan birth/res ipsa loquitur “action speaks for itself” or (2) BHO admits dad was Kenyan/British, not American, citizen at Jr’s birth), Biden’s automatic status (without needing to take a separate Presidential Oath) of being President would be predicated upon four different bases: First, having been Vice President under Article 2; second, having been Vice President-elect under the 20th Amendment; third, having been actual President in the hiatus before Obama took the ‘oath(s)’; and fourth, retroactively deemed President during the full period of the Obama usurpation so that the acts of the Federal Government under the usurpation can be deemed authorized and/or ratified by Biden’s legitimacy.

    SECOND QUESTION: Who will be the 45th President?

    ANSWER: Hillary Clinton

    One must assume that Bill and Hillary Clinton have been aware of all of the above. Biden’s wife recently “let the cat out of the bag” on the Oprah Show that both Biden and Hillary had considered alternatively Veep or Secretary of State, in either case, setting up Hillary to be President on a vote of the Democratic Congress if need be.

    THIRD QUESTION: Is Obama an unwitting victim of this troika or a knowing participant?

    ANSWER: Yet undetermined.

    • davidbcoe said

      I approved this comment simply to exhibit for all to see the nonsense being spewed forth from the right these days. I won’t bother to refute this ridiculous treatise in all its points because I have far, far better things to do with my time. I will say this, however: The 20th Amendment was most assuredly NOT invoked on Tuesday, and Joe Biden is NOT President of the United States. The amendment states that if a President “shall not have been chosen” at the timed fixed for beginning the term (Obama was legally chosen) or “if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify” (there was no failure of qualification based on any of the Constitutional requirements for holding the office) THEN (and only then) “the Vice-President-elect shall act as President UNTIL A PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE QUALIFIED.” So even if one accepts the foolish claim that for 5 minutes Obama was not President, he clearly is now.

      This crap about Obama not being a citizen is just that: crap. If he was white, no one would even dare suggest such a thing. I’m sure that Ted here voted for McCain, who wasn’t born in the US, but rather on a military base in Panama. But if McCain had won, Ted wouldn’t be worrying about that. Get over it Ted. Obama won. He’s your President, like it or not. And he will be for the next eight years.

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