Saturday, October 13, 2012

Barack Obama: Does He Use A Body Double? (9_9)*

By Margaret Curtis, PhD

In Mr. Manners: Lessons from Obama on Civility, the great-great- granddaughter of Emily Post defends this candidate’s superior grasp of etiquette in the most delicate encounters. The Emily Post Institute advertisement for this book declares:

       His intelligence and good looks notwithstanding, there’s 
       no doubt President Obama’s courteousness played a 
       significant role in his swift and historic rise to the highest 
       office in the land. (9_9)

This description runs counter to the following incidents, which prompt the question: Is this the same man who

1.    lectured Supreme Court Justices on THEIR job when protocol required they remain silent at a State of the Union address? (9_9)
2.    degraded small town voters who he said, “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” (9_9)
3.    insulted sales personnel by saying Romney didn’t demonstrate leadership at the first debate, just “salesmanship”? (9_9)
4.    inspired CEO Steve Wynn to shout: “I’ll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I’m a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don’t like having a bulls’eye painted on our back….”
5.    chose an attack dog to ridicule Paul Ryan? (9_9)

If these two men described above can fit in the same suit, one must be mighty small. Or maybe the US has advanced to a phase where our nation’s leaders use body doubles, too? Either way, as Obama said about Romney: There must be two Obamas. Which Obama are these people talking about?

For the complete advertisement of Mr. Manners, see

* Readers of this column recognize the emoticon for Rolling Eyes.

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