This one had me scratching my head, rewinding the DVR and playing it over and over. Invest the three minutes and see if you feel the same befuddlement:
Did MSNBC's Martin Bashir just compare Barack Obama to Winston Churchill? Yes he did, with Churchill portrayed as a chain-smoking, stogie lover who drank all day and painted landscapes to beat depression while Obama is seen as a man strong in character who has defeated the demon nicotine and shuns alcohol.
Not only is this comparison patently unfair to Winston Churchill, it turns a blind eye to Obama's predilection for golf and vacations. This Sunday the Obamas are off to Rio for yet another vacation. And even London's Daily Mail has taken issue with the amount of golf played played by Obama, pointing out that this President has played more rounds of golf in two years than Bush did in eight.
A British citizen, Mr. Bashir, recently stepped into the 3pm slot on the flagging cable channel, and is no doubt trying to cement his spot in the liberal line up of hosts who will stop at nothing to justify whatever this President does.
Wednesday Bashir challenged recent criticisms claiming that the President spent more time worrying about the NCAA basketball tournament than he has about pressing topics like:
- Japan's nuclear crisis
- Libya's civil war and the non-stop bombing of citizens by Qaddafi
- The stalled American economy
- The ongoing budget battle
- Gas prices rising with no ceiling in sight
Bashir wants us to cut the President some slack over his attention to the "March Madness" tournament.
"It involves the President of the United States and a certain ritual that he must undergo every year..."
I am checking my copy of the Constitution and nowhere can I find a mention of the annual Presidential ritual of filling out an NCAA March Madness bracket. (If I have missed it, please send email me - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Martin Bashir also tries to justify Obama's basketball obsession not by praising the sport, but by trashing Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister credited with guiding England through the second world war:
"Churchill was known to enjoy a cigar between each serving of a five course meal, rarely smoking less than ten cigars in a day. The president chews nicotine gum and hasn't smoked in over a year."
What? Huh? Talk about comparing apples to oranges.
And then Bashir pushed me over the edge when he said:
"So with our own Commander In Chief spending a few minutes on his favorite sport, let's give him a break and hope that he too gains some benefit from a small diversion away from the huge challenges that still demand his every waking hour."
First of all... OUR Commander In Chief? I have looked and cannot find evidence of Martin Bashir getting American citizenship. But even if he is now a fellow American, I have to question his thinking. When a college basketball tournament sits atop a President's priority list, ANY President, we have big problems.