Debra Saunders' Painfully Stupid Abuse of Obama for Wearing a Bike Helmet
|No helmet. Now there's a real man|
Sure, Saunders' ideas may often be horrible, and expressed poorly to boot -- but it's worth gleaning that there are people who really feel this way. Right?
And yet, I really can't see much redeeming value in her blog post on SFGate yesterday: two paragraphs ridiculing President Barack Obama for -- gasp! -- wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, which Saunders seems to feel makes him less of a man.
In the course of just 50-odd words, she manages to be inane, boorish, hypocritical, and alarmingly factually inaccurate.
Imagine a photo of Obama riding a blue bicycle while outfitted in a matching blue helmet -- the Chron subscribes to AP and we do not, so you'll have to see the picture here -- with the following text, which we reprint in toto:
What does the president think is going to happen to him if he doesn't wear a helmet riding this snail's-pace bicycle in the midst of a security entourage in slow-lane Martha's Vineyard?
Americans used to like presidents who looked resilient, masculine, fearless. Think JFK, who dispensed with those old-guy hats. Now we go for overprotected look (sic).
Why not add training wheels?