On the CBS News program "Face the Nation," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus compared President Obama to Francesco Schettino, the Italian cruise ship captain who took off in a lifeboat after his ship ran aground at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany and is suspected of multiple counts of manslaughter.
Speaking about the brutal Republican presidential primary, Priebus told Bob Schieffer
“In a few months, this is all going to be ancient history, and we are going to talk about our own little Captain Schettino, which is President Obama who is abandoning the ship here in the United States and is more interested in campaigning than doing his job as president.”
Shall we count the number of things that are wrong about that statement?
1. President Obama is doing his job. The economy is getting better. His approval numbers are on the upswing. The "right track/wrong track" numbers are starting to turn around. Since Congress refuses to act to do anything but obstruct, the President is using the same executive powers granted to his 43 predecessors to ensure that people get the help they need to make it through rough times.
2. President Obama is campaigning because he is running for re-election. He is doing the same thing every president does after making a State of the Union speech, and that's go around the country, making speeches, connecting with people, driving home his plans for improving the national situation.
3. While former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are using whips with hooks at the end of each lash to flay chunks of flesh from each others' bodies, President Obama continues to display the cool, unflappable leadership this nation needs at a time of crisis.
4. 16 people were killed when the Italian ship captain ran his ship aground and fled. The only people we know for sure that are dead because of Obama are Osama bin Laden, several other Al Qaeda leaders and a bunch of Somali pirates.
So let Reince Priebus tell his little lies. He's preaching to the choir of stupid people who believe what they're told by the yapping morons of talk radio.
Intelligent Americans can look at the choice they will face later this year... the steady, cool leadership of Barack Obama, or a man who will say whatever the pollsters tell him is the right thing to say at the moment although he may say something entirely different tomorrow, or a man who wants you to believe his serial adulteries are a testament to the strength of leadership he offers.
Reince Preiebus knows the hard core right wing of his party will decide who gets the nomination. But just how stupid does he think the rest of us are?