Anytime you say something that inspires America’s only living former president, the brain dead James Earl Carter, to open up his pie hole, you should realize that you are not making a positive contribution to the national conversation. That’s what happened to erstwhile TV talk show host, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who for some inexplicable reason decided to criticize Barack and Michelle Obama for letting the little princesses listen to Beyoncè and watch her wildly popular gyrations. He told People Magazine:
The Obamas “are excellent and exemplary parents in many ways,” Huckabee says.
That’s the whole point. I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door” of the White House.
Oh great. Here we go. The King of the Useful Idiots, our 39th president, had to weigh in. When asked by TMZ, an organization clearly laboring under the misapprehension that the nation is on the edge of its collective seat to hear what this doddering fossil thinks about anything, he said “I don’t agree with much that Mike Huckabee says. I think President Obama’s doing a good job.” Jimmuh, be honest. You’re just grateful that Obama showed up to spare you the title “Worst President Ever.” Oh, and one more thing: you wouldn’t know a good job if it stood up and slapped you in the face, which someone should have done a long time ago.
As for Governor Huckabee, of course he’s right about Jay Z and his lovely Mrs. not being the purveyors of what we might call “wholesome, family entertainment.” This stuff is not the Lennon Sisters or the King Family. I get it. Everything is relative, though and when you compare Beyoncè’s lyrics and simulated sex moves, they are no worse, and arguably less so, than other entertainers who have graced our White House. For example, in May, 2011, vile Chicago rapper Common participated in Michelle’s White House Music Series, and performed for both Barack and Michelle, as well as some schoolchildren. From the Washington Post:
“Critics were swift to pinpoint lyrics that support such controversial figures as Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation Army leader who was convicted in 1977 of killing a New Jersey state trooper.”
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Ms. Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, is currently living in exile under the protection of Barack’s newest BFF, Cuba’s murderous dictator Fidel Castro, and her name came up when he was in the process of giving the Castro brothers everything they’ve been seeking for decades.
So, yes, the Obama’s are very comfortable with aspects of our popular culture that many of us find disgusting and destructive, and definitely not suitable for tender ears.
Of course, Governor Huckabee is correct. The popular culture is a slough of unrelenting immorality and coarse assaults on our values, Responsible parents would not allow their children to be exposed to Common’s lyrics, or Beyoncè’s.
Still, if he’s serious about running for president, he needs to tread lightly. When politicians of a certain age try to increase their hip quotient by commenting on the popular culture, a collective shudder moves across the country. Remember Tim Pawlenty’s cringe-inducing comments about Lady Gaga? (If you didn’t, sorry to bring that memory to front and center of your consciousness.) When they state the obvious about our pathetic popular culture, they invite comparisons with Abe Simpson.
And, of course, they risk setting off Jimmy Carter, which all patriotic Americans must avoid at all costs.
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