So here it is — Barack Obama Is Your New Binky. It’s a cute pic of the President hugging a child in a tender affectionate way.
Luckily the current political climate in the United States of America is calm and rational. Who could possibly have a problem with this image?
Let’s take a look at the comments from Gawker, and see if we can do better, shall we?
Gawker captioned the photo thusly:
“On most days a photo like this would be simple pandering to Obamaphilia. Today, when deranged lunatics have hijacked the slow August news cycle, we’ll call it fair and balanced.”
You know, say what you want about Gawker, but they make a good point. All of the people who are showing up at Town Hall meetings demanding to be heard, saying that they won’t allow their voices to be silenced, are silencing the voices of others. That’s OK, of course, because those other voices are WRONG. But I digress.
This comment is pretty funny: “Wow, so now he’s just picking kids up out of crowds and marching them off to the death panel? I can’t believe the reaction of the crowd is just nervous laughter, but I guess I’m not in their shoes.”
Then we get to this: “Oh give me a f**king break — she’s got a security blanket? Gunman is now looking more and more staged.”
I think that’s meant to imply that this photo might not be genuine.
Sure, there are people who are over the top in their love of the current President. Then again, there are people who still talk about Ronald Reagan as if he could walk on water. Heck, there are people who still talk positively about Nixon. I’m not clear why it’s considered wrong to like an elected official, even if you like them a lot.
Anyway, Gawker’s commenters are good, but we’ve got to do better. Besides, this is a parenting site, which means that a lot of our readers have kids, which is a different perspective on the photo of Obama With Child.
So. What do you think of the pic?