Poor Baby


Dear Mr. Obama,
If you’re going to throw a temper tantrum every time someone says or depicts something about you that you don’t agree with, what exactly makes you think I want you as our Commander in Chief? Right now you don’t have your finger on the big red button, but if you became President…you would.
My advice: Stop throwing a fit and realize that your political campaign from now until whenever it is you cease being a part of the Presidential world is going to be marred by rumors and this little thing called Satire. You’re supposed to be educated, so look it up in the dictionary and stop being a baby. It might be tasteless, but it’s doing what journalism does. You don’t have to like it, but stop being a baby about it. Probably the only good thing I can say about President Bush is that he doesn’t get all uppity when someone makes fun of him on television or draws a picture of him doing something questionable in satirical fashion. It might be because he’s not mentally capable of contemplating such things, but I doubt it.
So please, stop being a baby and laugh.

Thank you.

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

3 thoughts on “Poor Baby

  1. The funny thing about this is that the New Yorker (a magazine I don’t read anyway because they’re a bit too liberal for me and tend to randomly quote statistics like they’re 100% reality…< ---just like that) is that they even explained to him after he didn't get the joke that it was a satirical representation of all the negative, bologna rumors about he and his wife. Such as him being a Muslim or his wife being a racist feminazi.
    So what gets me is that he is having a fit over something that will happen ALL THE TIME. This isn’t going to just stop, in fact the likely thing is that someone is going to make fun of his reaction by drawing him as a baby having a temper tantrum with a flashcard with “rumors” printed on it.
    He has to get used to this. This is what happens when you get into the spotlight, and he’s a HUGE figure in the spotlight right now. President Bush is having a hard time trying to take some of that light away (he’s succeeding, unfortunately, with his stupid “let’s drill in pretty places” scheme, which won’t solve anything anyway).

    So, basically, kinda yes to your question. The New Yorker didn’t mean to seem mean, probably (I don’t know what the articles inside are about), he just took it poorly and acted like a baby because he didn’t agree with it. And if this is how he is going to act whenever someone pokes fun, is he the kind of person we want as President? Cause, you know, a lot of countries aren’t going to be nice to him…

  2. Oh now you’re going to have me going off on a tangent.

    I won’t get into my opinions on the oil drilling thing, I suspect we won’t agree. But I think drilling is going to be a sure thing. I know too many people who are getting laid off work because of the high oil prices. Speaking in world-wide terms, we don’t pay that much. But the rapid increase on the heels of a housing crash is killing people financially and putting small businesses at risk.

    My husband is a financial consultant and he’s hearing stories every day where clients have to lay off employees because of the increased costs due to oil. They can’t pass on the cost to the consumer because the consumer is strapped and will go wherever they can get what they want cheaper– so they have no choice but to fire people.

    It’s one thing to talk about alternative fuel, but that’s not enough. If we doubled our wind-based energy in the next year, I believe it would still be less than 1 percent of our energy needs. Also, speculation is playing a huge role in pricing. They’re speculating on our future demand for oil and our current U.S. production factors into those numbers. If we start drilling, no matter how long it takes to bring up the oil (and we know it’s there– China’s already going for it) it lets the speculators know that we won’t need as much oil in the future as we’re on track to need now– so it would affect prices in the near future IMO.

    But the real reason I think drilling is almost guaranteed to happen is that the more people are feeling financial pressure the more they’re going to look for relief. They are going to put pressure on the politicians to do something now and most alternative fuel options are not concrete enough to satisfy most Americans. It’s great to talk about hybrid cars but most people are too cash strapped to afford them– you have to pay a premium just to get one. Also, alternative fuel isn’t going to reduce the cost of transportation of goods anytime soon. I doubt we’ll see any eighteen wheelers that say “hybrid” on the engine block anytime soon.

    Okay. I guess I did get into my opinions on drilling.

    We may have to agree to disagree.

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