Friday, February 08, 2013

When Politico and The Onion are indistinguishable from each other...

I swear to God, one can barely tell the difference:

Product A:

Obama Blanks On What He's Ineffectually Urging Congress To Take Action On Now

While speaking to the White House press corps Wednesday, President Barack Obama is reported to have completely blanked on which issue he was ineffectually urging Congress to act on at the moment. “It is vitally important that our nation’s lawmakers do the job that they were elected to do, and make it a top priority to, uh, to…well, hmm,” said Obama, nervously tapping his fingers on the lectern as he frantically tried to recall whether he was making a wholly unproductive and effectively meaningless call for legislative action on global warming, gun control, immigration reform, budget compromise, or green energy. “It’s a, um, very important issue, I know that. Uh. Jeez.” After standing silently in front of the audience for several uncomfortable moments, Obama reportedly reprimanded Congress for its lack of cooperation and then walked out of the room.

Product B:

President Obama’s fill-in-the-blank sales pitch

President Barack Obama’s speeches have a familiar ring these days — no matter if it’s guns, immigration or the budget.

Tout what he’s already done. Say the public’s in his corner. Demand Congress do something. Lament Washington dysfunction. Lay out his own plan. Avoid details. Urge voters to keep up the pressure. Warn it won’t be easy. Bask in the applause...

I suppose it's easy to tell that "A" is The Onion, only because the reporting is more honest.  Although, to be fair to Politico, their piece does include a video panel mocking what it calls Obama's "Mad Libs" speeches.

Hey, we've called Obama a "mad lib" for a while now.  Nice to see Politico is finally catching on.  And catching up to The Onion.

Which may be the saddest commentary yet on the state of political media....

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