Ho, ho, ho! Hardee, har-har! Did you hear what Trump did now?
The hate-Donald-Trump media are yucking it up right now over the latest gaffe by the president.
Maybe it’s part of the case for invoking the 25th Amendment for incapacitation.
Did you hear what he did now? He called the Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook “Tim Apple.” Can you believe it?
What a dunce, huh?
USA Today, AOL, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Esquire, Daily Mail, New York Magazine, The Hill and dozens of other infallible members of the media elite couldn’t dish out enough insults directed at the loquacious chief executive known for seldom using notes or teleprompters.
To me it’s amazing President Trump doesn’t “step in it” more frequently with all the tweeting and the impromptu yakking.
But here’s the thing: Did you ever see the media do this with Barack Obama?
Of course, not.
In fact, when Obama referred casually in a 2008 interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to the fact that “John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith,” the host just casually corrected Obama’s gaffe by bailing him out with the words “your Christian faith.”
Yet, how in the world does anyone make a mistake like that – about his own faith?
It was hardly the only time Obama had butchered names, facts, dates, etc. But nobody in the media ridiculed him. In fact, few paid any attention at all.
How about the time he said this during a health-care debate? “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health-care system.” Was that a moment of candor? Because he certainly fulfilled the promise to bring “inefficiencies to our health-care system.”
And then there was this one in 2007 when Obama was waxing eloquent about the perils of climate change: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas,” Obama said. “Ten thousand people died – an entire town destroyed.” Actually, the death toll was 11.
Later, in 2013, Obama was addressing an Oklahoma town devastated by a tornado. He offered: “We’re going to be there for the folks in Monroe, Okla., after the devastation of last week.” Townspeople weren’t overly impressed. The name of their town was Moore, Okla.
How many states did Obama visit during the 2008 campaign, again? He told a crowd in Beaverton, Oregon: “I’ve now been in 57 states – I think one left to go.”
Ambiguity might have been his middle name, as when he said in 2008: “Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain … administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.” Clear?
Remember back in April 2009, when Obama said: “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian” for “wheeling and dealing.” Of course, nobody does because there is no Austrian language.
Then there was the time at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2010 when Obama, gaze fixed on his teleprompter, pronounced the Navy title “corpsman” as “corpse-man” – not once, but twice.
How about the time in 2015 when Obama was announcing his plan to slow the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 solders through the end of the year “in part so that President Karzai – who has taken on the mantle of commander in chief in a way that we have not seen in the past from an Afghan president – can do a serious review.” Problem was, the president he gestured to was not Karzai – it was Ashraf Ghani.
In 2013, Obama was in Northern Ireland at a G-8 meeting and three times called the British chancellor “Jeffrey.” His name, however, was George Osborne.
You probably recall as many of these flubs as I do – because there are plenty more.
None of them received the pile-on attention of the media elite this week that “Tim Apple” got.
And, do I need to remind you that Obama rarely spoke without notes or a teleprompter.
Does Trump occasionally stumble when he is speaking extemporaneously for two hours as he did recently at C-PAC? Yes, he does. Who wouldn’t?
Certainly not the scribblers in the impartial, professional, flawless media elite.