In a spasm of progressive wordsmithing that may have inadvertently forged a new slogan for MSNBC, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, rhapsodically greeted President Barack Obama for a party fundraiser Wednesday by declaring that Obama is “bending the arc of the moral universe forward.”
Some of us understand metaphors and such; but, try as we might, we have no idea what this means. It vaguely sounds like something Jesus might have done.
For Inslee, evidently, worship is the idea. In a midterm election cycle that has seen incumbent Democrats divided over whether to acknowledge their President and risk offending voters who don’t approve of Obama or whether to run from him — even if it means skipping out on your own fundraiser to avoid having your picture taken with him — Inslee is all in.
With two years remaining before voters have the chance to elect another Governor (Inslee scraped by Republican Rob McKenna in the 2012 election), maybe Inslee feels like there’s time enough to disassociate from Obama when it counts.
The Governor’s paean to Obama came at the home of a Seattle real estate developer, where Obama himself took the mic to repeat his threat of executive action to circumvent obstructionist Republicans in Congress, comparing them with luddites who wouldn’t have sent a man to the moon.
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
… Obama had sharp words for Republicans in Congress. He praised past Republican presidents: Eisenhower for interstate highways, Nixon for the Environmental Protection Agency. “The problem is that the bunch we have now have gone off the rails,” he said.
He wants to cooperate, said Obama, but: “When I can’t get Congress to help I’m going to do everything I can on my own.”
…Obama evoked Sunday’s 45th anniversary of the moon landing. On Monday, he had Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong’s widow, to the White House.
“Nobody went to the moon because they were skeptics. Naysayers put nobody on the moon.”
It’s worth mentioning that Obama wouldn’t let the press in to Tuesday’s White House celebration of the moon landing, a move that elicited a formal complaint from a very thoroughly infuriated White House Correspondents’ Association.
Back in Seattle, Obama also delivered a minor revelation that sheds new light on his repeated claim that he routinely learns about his Administration’s scandals only when he, along with the rest of America, sees breaking reports about the scandals on TV news.
“Obama did raise eyebrows with an offhand remark about the news media,” the Post-Intelligencer’s Joel Connelley reported. “He doesn’t usually watch the news, Obama quipped, because ‘whatever they’re reporting, I already know.’”
Can both claims be true?
Probably — but only if you know how to bend the arc of the moral universe.