Did you notice what Barack Obama and Tiger Woods have in common lately? No, not that: It’s that both were told by a Washington insider this week that he needed to say a magic word in order to gain true acceptance from the American people.
Congressman Peter King (R-NY) and pundit Brit Hume (R-Fox) told President Obama and Tiger Woods, respectively, to say “terrorism” and “Jesus” more. If only these successful, menthol-cool, mixed-race men would come to terms with these terms, they could then spin their way into passing: Obama would pass as president for a war-loving public that isn’t satisfied by 50,000 more troops sent to a losing war, and Woods would pass as a member of the cult we call the Republican Party and, ipso facto, be reaccepted by the corporations who once found his touch so golden.
First, “terrorism.” When asked by George Stephanopoulos to name one “specific recommendation the president could implement right now to fix” our Swiss-cheesey national security network, Peter King answered: “To use the word terrorism more.” King, of course, was nostalgic for those days when a president poured “terror” over national policy like ketchup. But we all know that merely using the word–or following any GOP demand–would ever be enough, as Jon Stewart pointed out (starting around 6:50).
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Remember how these same people objected to Obama correctly emphasizing the last syllable of Sonia Sotomayor’s name? As it turns out, Obama’s been saying “terrorism” and reminding us that we’re at war with Al Qaeda like it’s going out of style, as this Daily Kos clip drawn from 27 presidential speeches shows. The real problem for guys like King is that Obama has been pursuing a Bush-like agenda with Clintonian relish, leaving the right with very little of substance to complain about besides rhetorical window-dressing.