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Political Dishonesty

[Warning: For the first time ever, a Mormon Momma column will include a curse word! Yes, it’s true. But remember, I’m just quoting the leader of the free world.]

Big uproar in Washington, D.C., today.

Kanye West a man who is apparently famous for something that I missed in my cultural education took the microphone from Taylor Swift a woman who (I actually know this!) is famous for singing when she was being given the “Best Female Video” Award at the MTV Video Music Awards probably better known as the Skanky Parade to announce that Beyonce also known (two out of three!) for singing had a better video than Taylor. Classy!

The Beltway connection? Referring to the incident, President Obama called West a “jackass.” Terry Moran an ABC news reporter tweeted what Obama said. ABC apologized for reporting ” ?before our editorial process had been completed.”

This critical issue in American brings up a few pressing questions:

  1. Assuming the president is only speaking out because he actually watched the award show which is obviously a stretch given his willingness to denigrate police officers over issues he has no information about why the heck does our president have time to watch something as base and meaningless as the MTV awards? I don’t. And I’m not even running the free world (into bankruptcy) yet. More to the point, why does he want to?
  2. What is inaccurate about what Obama said?
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  • agardner September 15, 2009, 3:29 pm

    I doubt the president was watching the awards, but probably was told about the incident right away since it is a matter of utmost national security (tongue in cheek).

    I don’t disagree with him at all though. It’s a good word to describe Kanye. I’m not really a country fan but Taylor Swift has a couple of songs that I really like. She writes her own music and from what I’ve heard it’s wholesome stuff. She’s a hard working girl with a lot of talent and while I didn’t see the video in question I’m sure it was a deserved win. I didn’t see the Single Ladies video either other than a parody of it, but if Beyonce would have won that would have been fine with me too (in other words, I couldn’t care less who wins this stuff).

    Doesn’t it seem like lately there is a real trend towards ticked off people speaking their minds in inappropriate ways? Sure, they have a right to say whatever they want but it makes them look stupid. For example, the senator said “you lie” to the president (agreed that he lies, but really, is that an appropriate forum?), Serena Williams having her little fit at the US Open (didn’t Federer have one too?), Kanye. It seems to me that it’s time for people to grow up and stop acting like chidlren.

    When I watched the Kanye video clip (obviously I was not watching it live) the first thing I thought was, “What a sad little man”.

  • facethemusic September 15, 2009, 6:07 pm

    Oh my heck– I actually AGREE with something Obama said???? Someone pinch me….I think I’m having an outerbody experience.

  • jennycherie September 15, 2009, 9:09 pm

    Posted By: facethemusicI actually AGREE with something Obama said???? Someone pinch me….I think I’m having an outerbody experience.


    Actually, when I finally saw it on youtube (after seeing all the comments on facebook), I thought it was pretty creepy, but not much of a surprise coming from him. . .

  • agardner September 15, 2009, 9:13 pm

    Speaking of political honesty, how about Jimmy Carter saying today that the shout out during Obama’s address was racially motivated? Let’s see. Kanye (black) rudely interrupts the acceptance speech of a Southern white girl to tell the world that Beyonce should have won. Serena Williams (black) tells a white line judge that she’d like to shove the ball down their throat. Were these also racially motivated? I’m curious.

    I think people who think this way are doing nothing to improve race relations in our country.

  • facethemusic September 16, 2009, 4:53 am

    Jimmy Carter is a twit.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 16, 2009, 12:24 pm

    My thoughts, exactly, Angie. As much as I disagree with Carter on…well…pretty much everything politically, for the longest time I thought he was still a really decent guy. But the past few years he’s doing his best to change that impression. His brain has turned to (peanut) butter.

    So, we have a black president. And every time someone disagrees with him, they’re going to be called “racist.” You think that’s going to help race relations?

  • Alison Moore Smith September 16, 2009, 12:26 pm

    I think every time someone calls a white person a racist for *disagreeing* with Obama, we should call the accuser a racist. They are OBVIOUSLY only calling them racist because they are WHITE.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 16, 2009, 12:27 pm

    OTOH, I disagreed with Clinton on almost everything, too. And he was black. So maybe they have a point ?

  • agardner September 16, 2009, 12:40 pm

    OTOH, I disagreed with Clinton on almost everything, too. And he was black. So maybe they have a point ?


  • Tinkerbell September 16, 2009, 10:59 pm

    I wonder when President Obama will learn that the appropriate way for the President of the United States to respond to most things that are not related to national issues is to keep his mouth shut (but, it is so fun to watch him shove his foot in there repeatedly . . . )

  • ldsmusicwriter September 27, 2009, 3:19 pm

    As for your questions,

    1. Hollywood and the entertainment industry are a huge part of the liberal propaganda machine. Maybe he tunes in to keep abreast of his “unofficial publicity crew.” Or maybe he thinks Taylor Swift is a hottie. Most likely the president heard about it like most of the rest of us did–in the news.

    2. What is accurate about what the president said is that a jackass (not a swear word, but a legitimate term that has been adulterated) is definitely male, as is Kanye West. If the president had called him a jennyass, then I would have had to write him a letter and explain a couple of things. As for the inaccuracy, a jackass is a creature that operates completely on instinct with no ability to make decisions with the understanding of consequences. Hopefully Mr. West still has the cognitive ability to think things through and try to make decisions that are, if not wise, prudent.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 27, 2009, 7:15 pm

    Posted By: ldsmusicwriternot a swear word, but a legitimate term that has been adulterated

    LOL, I understand that the word has a formal meaning. It’s the adulteration that creates the curse.

    As for definitions, I doubt that Obama was using the term as a metaphor to show that he has the characteristics of an actual donkey. More likely that Obama, correctly I’d say, labelled West “a contemptibly foolish or stupid person; dolt; blockhead; ass.”

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