Tuesday, April 6, 2010


As if mocking "Republicans" about "asteroids falling from the sky and cracks opening up" when he signed his deathcare legislation wasn't enough, apparently Obama mocked "reporters" during his visit to Maine on 4/2 about famine.

For as long as there has been a White House, a healthy tension has existed between the president, who seeks to convince the citizenry with calibrated messages and images, and the middlemen of the Fourth Estate, who traditionally convey, interpret, rebut, deride, and otherwise filter those messages and images. Every so often, the president takes his revenge, as Obama did on Friday, mocking skeptical reporters who have been questioning the positive impact of health-care reform. "Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm and you planted some seeds and they came out next day and they looked—Nothing’s happened! There’s no crop! We’re gonna starve! Oh, no! It’s a disaster!" Obama told a town meeting in Maine. “It’s been a week, folks. So before we find out if people like health-care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place. Just a thought.” --Death of the White House Press Corps (1) (emphasis mine)

In my March 31st post I covered Joe Biden's bad manners in delaying his visit to Benjamin Netanyahu's house as a dinner guest and then Obama's even worse manners by going to another room and eating while not offering Mr. Netanyahu and his delegation an opportunity to dine with him. This seemed to me to be perhaps a harbinger of famine, especially since Michael Boldea had just released a prophetic word about famine. Now, to see that Obama has "mocked reporters" about famine, who is Obama truly mocking?

The Bible warns us that we will judged by the words that come out of our mouths.

It is a common theme that the wicked snare themselves, falling into their own pit, judged by their own words, rather than God specifically snaring them (e.g. Ps. 7:15; 9:15; 57:6; Prov. 26:27; 28:10; Ecc. 10:8). From their own mouth and words men will be judged (Mt. 12:37; Lk. 19:22 cp. 2 Sam. 1:16; 1 Kings 20:40). It could even be that the Lord cites the condemnatory words of the rejected uttered during their lifetimes and leaves these as their condemnation. Woe, therefore, to he or she who has said unrepentantly that they don’t want to be in the Kingdom if brother x or sister y are going to be there. “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips [in this life] shall have destruction” at judgment day (Prov. 13:3). The link between the final verdict and the words we use today is that clear. When the Jews spoke out the judgment they thought should come on those who killed the Master’s Son, the Lord cited their words back to them as description of their own forthcoming condemnation (Mt. 21:41,43). This is just as David was invited to speak words of judgment on a sinner, and was told: “thou art the man”. --excerpt, Judged By Our Words (2)

To mock means to treat with contempt or ridicule, deride, defy, challenge, jeer, scoff, to mimic in sport or derision, to ridicule.

When the wicked cometh, [then] cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach. --Proverbs 18: 3

1. Death of the White House Press Corps, April 3, 2010, thedailybeast.com
2. Judged By Our Words, aletheiacollege.net/mm/2-16-2Judged_By_Our_Words.htm


Anonymous said...

Astute observations, GG.

I also catch a whiff, in O's comments, of the agricultural metaphors Jesus used so often... i.e., subtly setting himself in the position of Jesus in the "sower" parable by doing the mocking that way.

Anonymous said...

Um.. I'm no fan of George W Obama, but I think you are kind of reaching here. He was not mocking famine itself, he was using the image of seeds not producing crops within a week of being planted as a metephore for reporters and pundits who were saying that the results of the health care bill( and I'm no fan of that either) had not happened instantly.

GardenGirl said...


Thank you for your comment. GOOD QUESTION! Am I overreaching in my response to Obama's "metaphor"?

I think not.

And here's why.

IF Obama had said to the reporters something along these lines: "Look, guys, a farmer doesn't plant seeds in his field and then go out the next day to see if he has plants. I'm asking you and the American public to give my healthcare reform a few months to see the results and then judge." -- would have been PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE. No one can argue with the "metaphor" or analogy in his statement, because it would be true -- farmers DON'T go out the next day after seed planting and start looking.

But that's not what Obama did.

First, Obama took his "metaphor" a step further and added mocking "drama" to it that totally conveyed his sarcasm for his audience. Obama, himself, sarcastically dramatizes "we're gonna starve!" That additional comment has no place in a farming/gardening metaphor. It just doesn't. It was added to convey his sarcasm and contempt for his critics to those who came to hear him speak at this event.

Second, it was the impression of the reporters who were there and were first-hand eyewitnesses to this press briefing that they were being mocked. I think it is interesting to note that one of the veteran reporters of 29 years (who happens to be 72-years-old) written about in this article is named PLANTE.

Obama mocked the reporters using over-dramatization of crop failure on the SAME day, 4/2, he mocked about "asteroids falling" and "cracks opening up in the ground." What do those have to do with healthcare? Nothing! And if he mocked about those 2 things, I can hardly believe he isn't mocking about famine.

Ironic, then, isn't it? that within 48 hours, a major earthquake, 7.2, occurs in Baja, right on our southern threshold causing cracks in the ground with 100s, if not nearly 1,000, aftershocks since then. AND, in addition, within 144 hours, GA6, an asteroid that is 22-meters wide will come close to the earth today (expecting to pass safely by), but between the earth and the moon.

So based on Obama's own sarcastic words of mass crop failure and the idea that "everybody's gonna starve" and reporters own perception that Obama was mocking them, makes me believe my first impression was right.

In the end, though, this is a blog and as such, it is merely my take on what I see.