Last week, when Mandy Connell was on vacation from her WHAS-840 Radio morning talk show, fill-in host Mary Walters had an opportunity to interview Louisville’s 3rd District Congressman, Democrat John Yarmuth. Yarmuth’s remarks were so incredibly bizarre that Connell felt a need to replay them this morning on her show.
In context, Congressman Yarmuth was explaining why President Obama seems to have difficulty explaining to the American people his complex solutions to the many complicated problems facing our country today. “The President is a brilliant, brilliant, man,” gushed Yarmuth.
Then, the Congressman followed up his comment of praise with this: “…but he is a little bit incapacitated by his complicated mind.”
There you have it. All this time we have been misunderestimating the genius currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and unfairly criticizing him for wrecking the national economy, involving us in a third foreign war (without congressional approval), and ruling by decree in contravention to the constitution. We simply failed to understand that this “brilliant, brilliant, man” is so much smarter than the rest of us that his ability to explain the method behind his madness is sometimes “a little bit incapacitated by his complicated mind.”
The only thing Congressman Yarmuth left out of his encomium to Obama was: “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Maybe Yarmuth was right, after all. Perhaps the reason Obama’s favorability ratings are in the toilet (along with, we fear, the political fortunes of the Democratic Party) could best be summed up by those immortal words by the late, great actor Strother Martin, in Cool Hand Luke, who said: “What we’ve got here, is failure to communicate.”
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