Because he said so, that’s why!

     I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post about LZ’s use of sarcasm when making an argument. Well, I recently read another great article in his column that is overflowing with witty remarks and sarcastic jabs. It describes how the Speaker of the House wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to push back his address, so as not to conflict with the GOP debate scheduled for the same day. LZ adds early on that Obama’s original scheduling was an attempt to “upstage Republicans,” something deserving of a pat on the back. However, now he has relented and gave Boehner the upper hand.

     Stating, “John Boehners eloquent letter to President Obama…. could have been summed up in two words — screw you,” LZ makes it very clear his opinions on the Speaker’s demeanor. In fact, the columnist doesn’t narrow his disgust to one man, but actually claims the GOP does not have any respect for Obama and they will stop at nothing to discredit, embarrass, and destroy him. Weighty words and a pretty controversial stance, if I may say so. After reading just the first page of the article, one can clearly see LZ’s disappointment with the President and disgust with Boehner and fellow Republicans.

     Now, because the address has been changed, it will now compete with the opening game of the NFL season. So, instead of challenging Boehner and the GOP, as president of the United States (a title, no matter of the affiliated party at the time, that still deserves respect and authority), Obama now competes with football craving, sports fans. Which do you think will demand the most attention? LZ is pretty convinced it won’t be politics that day, and even states that, “And this is the breaking point not for Obama, but for me. I would rather watch the start of the NFL season than a president who can’t call a meeting.”

     It is my opinion that LZ’s argument is a very valid one. From a PR perspective and party relations standpoint, I can understand the value behind deciding to move the address to another day. However, the political strategy clearly behind its original time was the “fighting spirit” Democrats like myself want to see out of our President and future nominee. The article brings life to a situation that perhaps not many have given much thought to on their own, and I appreciate the witty remarks LZ uses to describe his own point of view.


2 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve read so much spin on this story that I truly don’t know what to think. Some defend Obama’s “caving” to Boehner by saying Obama looks more mature and unwilling to play games; others say it made him look weak. Some criticize Boehner for challenging the date in the first place (according to a report on NPR, no Speaker of the House has ever done so until now) and others defended him for calling Obama out for choosing the GOP debate night.
    I’m glad that little fight is over, though, although it means we’re on to the next one.


  2. I agree, it sort of seems like a lose/lose for all those involved.


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