You have to give Obama credit in one regard: he and his stooges are probably some of best entertainment that you can find on the world stage.
Even casually viewing my blog, you’ll pretty much discover that I think Joe Biden is a brain-dead moron. But his status as the ultimate idiot within the Obama regime is now hotly contested.
Joe’s main competition is Robert Gibbs. Both Joe and Robert have one critical personality flaw: their inability to disengage their mouths when their brain screams “halt!” (This, of course, assumes that they have an active and functioning brain.) For Robert Gibbs, this tends to be a huge impediment when you are the Press Secretary for the White House. While I have to admit that Joe Biden’s affability somewhat softens the hard edges of his imposing stupidity, Robert Gibbs’ iconic imbicility and inability to communicate often makes White House press briefings painful to watch. The funny part about Gibbs is that in his oblivious regard to his intellectual and communicative shortcomings, he presents himself as smug and confident.
Really, press briefings at the White House are funny to watch once you get past the pain of it all. Sorta like how people become immune to excessive gore on the movie screen. Were it not for Biden’s extensive history of ramming his foot in his mouth, Robert Gibbs would be the clear winner in a showdown between the two.
But now there is a new player in the horizon, and this one has boobs (no, I’m not talking about the rest of Obama’s cabinet). And this one may be more than a match for Shoeleather Joe.
The Canadian press is all in a tizzy today. I mean, you would be too if you were just blamed for the terrorist attacks on 9/11:
The border for dummies
National Post editorial board
April 22, 2009
Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job? She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo.
In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Ms. Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that “suspected or known terrorists” have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack.
All the 9/11 terrorists, of course, entered the United States directly from overseas. The notion that some arrived via Canada is a myth that briefly popped up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and was then quickly debunked.
Informed of her error, Ms. Napolitano blustered: “I can’t talk to that. I can talk about the future. And here’s the future. The future is we have borders.”
Just what does that mean, exactly?
Just a few weeks ago, Ms. Napolitano equated Canada’s border to Mexico’s, suggesting they deserved the same treatment. Mexico is engulfed in a drug war that left more than 5,000 dead last year, and which is spawning a spillover kidnapping epidemic in Arizona. So many Mexicans enter the United States illegally that a multi-billion-dollar barrier has been built from Texas to California to keep them out.
In Canada, on the other hand, the main problem is congestion resulting from cross-border trade. Not quite the same thing, is it?
Here are some snippets from another editorial at the same publication:
Napolitano makes Bush administration look well informed
April 21, 2009
This is borderline insanity.
The most worrisome American official confronting Canada today is a former Arizona governor who thinks the U.S. northern border, which she’s only flown over and never actually crossed on the ground, is a security threat on par with the drug-running, immigrant-smuggling, terrorist-sneaking border wall with Mexico.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is moving unapologetically forward on beefed-up border staffing and enhanced documentation requirements that will make Canadians and travelling Americans yearn for the security paranoia of the George W. Bush administration.
Ms. Napolitano’s brief interview with the CBC this week was confirmation we’re dealing with an irrational senior U.S. official who can’t differentiate between a secure border linking the world’s largest trading partners and one that’s a giant sucking sound for jobs going south and what’s been described as an ‘invasion’ of desperate Mexicans illegally sneaking north.
She actually invoked the bogeyman of 9/11 terrorists sneaking into the United States from Canada to bolster the case for a crackdown, even though the most elementary research would have told her there’s no evidence to support that bogus claim.
When challenged on her concerns, she insisted still-secret data, undoubtedly buried with the aliens at Roswell, justifies her concern. She surely must know that only 12 of the 48 al-Qaeda operatives caught between 1993 and 2001 were illegal immigrants and none of those came from Canada.
And there’s simply no comparison between the illegal entry trickle from Canada and the alien immigrant wave and drug smuggling surge pouring into the U.S. from the south. Of the estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants who enter the U.S. each year, 57% come from Mexico. Just six per cent of those living illegally in the United States are Canadian.
Somebody should also warn the Secretary that recent statistics show 500,000 Canadians spent tourist dollars in her Mexican border state in 2006 and that Arizona rates Canada its second-largest trading partner with almost $3 billion in trade.
The infamous quote from early in her Homeland Security posting was to fret at Mexico’s hurt feelings. “If things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border,” she said.
What’s that precisely? Build another Texas wall? Does she have any concept that this 5,013-kilometre land border bisects towns and villages (heck, it even divides the stage from the seats in one Vermont-Quebec movie theatre)?
“The pattern at the Canadian border has been informality,” she went on to say. “The borders are going to be enabled with greater technology, but it’s not going to be going back and forth as if there’s no border anymore.”
Having crossed the border last week, let me assure you there’s nothing informal or lacking about it. When friends on an annual golf getaway crossed at the 1,000 Islands, we joined a bunch of others in getting a major passport shakedown by armed American guards casting a very suspicious eyes at our duty-free haul of booze sandwiched between the bags carrying our instruments of fairway destruction.
They called me forward and demanded to know if I’d ever been arrested. Yes, yes, I confessed, there was a minor drug possession charge when I was just 18 (and I still insist it was Bob Green’s pot), but it was wiped clean by a judge. It took a long discussion with border guards about the dangers of allowing in somebody never convicted of anything criminal before my born-in-the-U.S.A. birth certificate got me waved across.
I digress, but my point is that technology which can alert guards to a 34-year-old minor arrest that never resulted in a conviction shouldn’t have much trouble fingering a known terrorist.
The new Homeland Security boss has a well-known Monty Python fetish. Perhaps she’s decided to pattern herself after the black knight of Holy Grail movie fame, who declares “none shall pass,” only to have his arms and legs hacked off in a swordfight even while insisting the amputations are ‘but a scratch’.
If Janet Napolitano adopts a similarly defiant posture to squeeze her northern border into a business barrier, the United States will be cutting off the arms and legs of its integrated manufacturing base to block an enemy that doesn’t exist.
I mean, to be honest, this is right up there with fondling the Queen of England, giving a gift of DVDs to the British PM that cannot be viewed on European DVD players, and handing the Queen of England an iPod with your speeches on it.
I won’t even mention bowing to the Saudi king and high-fiving Hugo Chavez.
I thought Geithner, who looks surprisingly like the cult-movie figure Eraserhead, might have been a challenge for either Biden or Gibbs, but his incompetence is not all that funny. Bungling the economy, driving down the stock market, and being a tax cheat when your the head of the IRS isn’t so funny…well, maybe the tax cheat stuff is.
Obama’s stupidity isn’t so funny, given that his finger is on the nuclear trigger (when it’s not rammed up his nose, scratching his tiny little brain). Although, he is the guy who selected these fine specimens from the Intellectual Left. Sorry, I know – “Intellectual Left” is an oxymoron. My bad.
But Napolitano is a laugh riot. Maybe, if she keeps talking, we’ll get a war with Canada? That is, if Obama doesn’t start one with Great Britain first. What’s assured, however, is that we’ll be in a war with either Canada, England, Australia, or any number of our staunchest allies before we’ll be at war with Cuba, Venezuela, or Al Qaeda.
Nonetheless, Joe Biden had better look over his shoulder. There’s a new boob in town, and this one has…er…boobs!