Friday, May 17, 2013

When it rains, it pours false outrage

Proving that literally anything can make critics furious if President Obama is involved, conservatives blew their top today over the image above. 

They claimed that Obama's request for rain protection violates U.S. Marine regulations regarding umbrellas. Obviously these rules are taught at the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies, given their long track record as a public obsession. Why, you can't even spit on the street anymore without grazing a patriot who is up-to-date on obscure military umbrella protocol! (Surely these not-at-all newly minted experts are aware of U.S. Code Title 10, which compels the Marines to "perform such other duties as the President may direct.")

The outrage over this is so transparently bogus that it (to a degree, at least) retroactively washes out the scandals of the past week. Sure, there are legitimate questions to be asked about the IRS scandal (though not really) and definitely the AP surveillance racket — but how trumped-up do those scandals seem in light of yet another supposed "blow" against Obama? It's like the critics got cocky, pressing their luck only to hit the Whammy.

Given Obama's history of reaching out, maybe we won't be seeing such a move the next time it rains. But as we've seen in the past, it works out for the best.

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