President Barack Isuzu

Back in the 1980s, a fictional pitchman named Joe Isuzu made a series of TV commercials promoting Isuzu cars and trucks. A fast-talking, smarmy-looking guy, would make outrageous claims along the lines of “It has more seats than the Astrodome” and “It goes faster than a speeding bullet,” and everyone knew it was a takeoff on every overly zealous, ethically-challenged, salesman who had ever tried to sell you a lemon.

Today, it seems to me that we have his cousin living in the White House. I mean, is there anything our commander-in-chief says or does that doesn’t remind you of the cheapest sort of huckster? Instead of being the leader of the greatest nation on earth, this guy was born to work a carnival midway. He would clearly be right at home trying to con you into trying to knock iron ten-pins off a pedestal or blow several dollars trying to win a ten cent Kewpie doll by shooting at mechanical ducks.

You only have to look at the scare tactics Obama has employed in his attempt to use sequestration as an excuse to once again hike taxes to understand what a truly mendacious creep he is. Still, even I, who am always seeking the silver lining, have to acknowledge that Obama has surrounded himself with so many ignoramuses that rarely a day goes by that his stooges don’t provide me with a few good laughs. For instance, while standing in front of the other female members of the Congressional Black Caucus, a group that could have as its theme song It Pays to Be Ignorant, Maxine Waters warned that “ the Sequester could cost the nation 170 million jobs.” That’s roughly 50 million more people than presently have jobs.

It reminds me that in 2009, Obama, allegedly the smartest person in the universe not named Hillary Clinton, promised that the Affordable Care Act would save employers 400% on their insurance costs. Most people, that is most conservative people, understand that you can’t save more than 100% in the cost of anything even if you give it away for free.

From the first time Obama announced that his would be the most transparent administration in history to the last time he told us the world would come to an end if he had to cut two percent out of the most bloated budget we’ve ever seen, he has lied about everything from skeet shooting to the importance of pre-school.

Speaking of schools, a recent poll disclosed that 52% of Chicago’s high school students have engaged in sexual intercourse. So it’s no wonder that those students are setting records when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases and illegitimate births. Speaking as an old geezer, it strikes me that something is definitely lacking in those sex education classes that liberals have spent the past few decades promoting. Inasmuch as the kids are also failing to master English, math and science, I have begun to believe that they come out of these classes wondering what the heck all those bananas have to do with them.

Lest anyone think that all the idiots are in Illinois, in Massachusetts they’re promoting the idea that kids as young as five or six should get to determine their gender of choice, and use whatever bathroom they deem appropriate. What’s more, parents would not be informed.

It makes you marvel at how adaptable these morons are. It was less than 20 years ago that liberals were rallying around Hillary Clinton’s contention that it took a village to raise a child. As nutty as that was, at least it acknowledged that parents were members of the village. Now, whether it’s gender identification or abortion, liberals are promoting the idea that when it comes to children, parents aren’t even entitled to basic information.

One can only assume that the next step is leaving parents out of the loop when their teenage offspring start having children of their own.

As a conservative, I realize only too well how easy it is to sink into terminal depression. After all, if in spite of the longest-lasting economic morass since the 1930s, and in spite of a trillion dollar Stimulus and the abominable ObamaCare, Obama could be re-elected, anything is possible. Still, it is worth noting that in all the years since 1952, the two parties have taken turns swapping the presidency every four or eight years. The only exception was 1980-1992, when Reagan and Bush broke the cycle. That doesn’t guarantee that the Republicans will take back the Oval Office in 2016, but as a conservative, you have to grasp at straws, no matter how flimsy they might be.

While I much prefer insulting Democrats, there are times when there’s no getting around the fact that Republicans, even those of us with very little hair on our heads, can’t help tearing out what few strands we have left. I refer to the vote that confirmed the vile Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Inasmuch as the Democrats denied George H.W. Bush the right in 1989 to appoint John Tower to be his Secretary of Defense, how is it that Republicans Thad Cochran, Richard Shelby, Mike Johanns and Rand Paul, all decided that Obama had the inalienable right to put the nation’s security in the hands of an imbecile who has stated that the Jewish lobby controls the U.S. Senate and that Iran is a sovereign nation with duly-elected leaders?

Just for the record, Rand Paul is no longer on my short list of potential 2016 presidential candidates. He now shares 278th place with Chris Christie.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • Garnet

    I no longer listen to the President’s speeches. It is just more of the same lame excuses.

  • sheila0405

    Ah, Joe Izuzu, the man who lied about the Izuzu in order to sell it. Sounds like the President, doesn’t it? Great analysis.

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    An an Isuzu model, the Abama has no turn-in value.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rushpaul.rush Rushpaul Rush

    P.T. O’bamma….suckers are born every minute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.zaino Todd Zaino

    Wait a minute Burt…are telling me we don’t have 57 states and we don’t have an Austrian language? Next thing I know you’re going to tell me about Army Corpsemen…smartest guy in the room my eye.

  • FloridaJim

    After reading so many books on Obama, living in Chicago when he began and watching his training at Altgeld Gardens, seeing his rigged elections where a white had never won in his district, his background as a Marxist trainee in his household in Hawaii I am sick of the man. If I see the lies, you see the lies why doesn’t everyone see them and call him on them? He is destroying America as he said he would , economically, and he should be called to answer why Russia, China, Canada use oil & gas for wealth and America does not, is there an environmental scam going on as I know? .

    • sheila0405

      He won because the informed electorate stayed home. The choice between President Obama and Gov Romney was a terrible choice. The Governor never really articulated the state of the economy in clear and urgent terms. The ones who voted for President Obama get their news from Comedy Central, and their entertainment from reality shows.

  • http://twitter.com/JudyK_ Judy Kopulos

    Yep! The Republicrats strike, again!

  • DestinedWinners

    As ugly as elections can be I hate to see any party create division within the country – this President has continued that even after the election. He should be ashamed – I’m ashamed of him! I’ve respected President’s that I did not vote for and won but not this guy

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.silverman.9 Phil Silverman

    Interesting re-activation of Obama vilification clichés. Yeah, we shoulda voted for the guy who wanted to voucherize Medicare and start 2 new wars. And end a national version of his home state healthcare – one his experts helped to write.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Phil: I’m always astounded that my fellow Jews who are so bright in other fields turn into blooming idiots when it comes to politics.

      Burt

    • El Infidel

      Phil, do you call yourself Fred when you call WMAL?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VDL3C4WJ7HIMZND3DFBWJAHRY Bill

    If it wasn’t for the teleprompter, Obama could not put together a coherent thought!

  • Moppie

    All I can ask is for everyone to pray and pray hard. It’s coming and it isn’t going to be pretty! They can do anything they want….just look at what’s been done already!

  • http://twitter.com/MissoulaHome Kris

    But Burt- this is exactly how Obama got elected: by lying about everything and all the idiot Lofovo’s (low information voters) falling for all the lies!! Hook, line & sinker they bit on everything Obama said- it was such a sickening sight. Now all those liberals are having a field day- schools out, so to speak… The nation is going down the toilet

  • Shane

    Obama and the Democrats lie as much as they want because they know that the liberal MSM will rarely catch them in a lie and expose them. A notable exception was Obama’s wailing that the sky was falling because of the coming sequester. Even Obama’s worshippers in the MSM could not swallow that whopper of a lie!

  • wally12

    Great article Burt. Am I the only one besides you who knows the song It Pays To Be Ignorant? I remember that as a kid of around 10 or 11 I sang this song as It Pays To Be Ignanat? My friends parents heard me and laughed. I hope I’ve improved over the years. By the way, I agree that why do the republicans even bother to hold hearings on the likes of Hagel, if they are going to accept him anyway?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Wally–I loved that radio show when I was a kid. Well, to be fair, the Republicans couldn’t very well stop Hagel inasmuch as they’re out-numbered 55-45 in the Senate, but there was no good reason why Rand Paul and the other three pinheads needed to make the final count 59-41.

      Burt

      • wally12

        Your right but since all republicans didn’t vote NO, it ticks me off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roscoe-Bonnifitucci/100000459519027 Roscoe Bonnifitucci

    On balance a Superior Article Kudos to pointing out what the Main Stream Media Powerhouses criminally neglect: Obama is a first of all a Phony, Fraud and Liar.

    However, Rand Paul would be head and shoulders above a good president, he would be a GREAT President. He is Constitutionally grounded, exudes Leadership and has the Conviction of Character to Lead America back to greatness…not towards becoming another Marxist Craphole in the world.

    May God Bless Rand Paul and keep him and his family safe.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Roscoe: I wish Sen. Paul and his family nothing but the best, but I would not care to see him on the ticket in 2016.

      Burt

    • sheila0405

      Rand Paul is too extreme on libertarian issues for my taste. I don’t want him on the 2016 ticket. Conservatives love him now, but I think his libertarian views on defense and drug laws might give them pause when choosing a nominee. Right now I have no clear choice about any particular GOP leader in 2016. The GOP has to pick someone who can portray the conservative views on the economy, and how capitalism is the greatest source of security and personal liberty. Who is that person?

  • joer1

    As many would agree, the real tragedy is the millions of followers … EDUCATED people … “degreed people”, members of the media and “famous” respected political figures who care nothing about the country … only their own political lives. Sadly, these lives are a “PROFILES IN FAILURE” … if they are interested in their “legacy” … the social and economic destruction they are facilitating will be a sad story their families will never live down.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      joer1: I suspect those politicians, most of whom are quite wealthy, assume they can ride out any financial calamity. And as you know, liberals never admit they’ve been wrong on any issue.

      Burt

  • ted

    Sad and hopeless for conservatives. With the population of trendsetters against rational or conservative thought, it’s over. How it’ll all end I wish I know, bt it’ll be bad. Either anarchy or dictatorship. You choose America and hope you’ll get a choice.

    • rdgeorge

      Hi Ted .. it isn’t sad and hopeless though … it just seems like it. I have literally just started reading ‘The Road to Serfdom’ by Hayek and was astounded to see his comments about the bias of the media even then and his claims it had been going on for decades. The book was written in 1944/5 (sorry for my lack of precision).
      It is extremely tempting, and normal, for humans to believe the time period in which they are living is unique. Its very seductive and explains much about the zealotry of the global warming crowd (point of order: I refuse to go along with the propoganda machine that has attempted to relabel this ‘climate change’) – everything being unprecedented for example.
      There are always a proportion of people who will respond to reason.
      The battle should not be about ideas the battle should be about access.
      We have to get into the media and academia and challenge their stupidity and also make pop culture inroads to show-up the craziness of the progressive worldview.
      They make us the butt of the jokes and we should do the same …. the facts, evidence is all in our favour and thats why they have to lie.
      So I don’t share your view that its sad and hopeless.
      We just have to laugh at them more becuase, in reality, they are totally ridiculous.
      Then the easily led will vote with us … because its not ‘uncool’ (whatever the phrase of the day is) not to as it is now.
      Then they get slaughtered electorially.

      • sheila0405

        As a relatively old woman (57), I remember shows which portrayed American families as sources of strength, and not dysfunctional. The Cosby Show is the last such television show I’ve watched which is family centered with traditional values. America had a great opportunity to reinforce the family structure when The Cosby Show was on. America saw that strong families are good for everyone, including minorities. The concepts of accountability, education, respect, and love were fantastic to see. All of these were portrayed with a gentle touch. With the rise of reality tv and the disintegration of the traditional family unit, the effects on our society are now quite obvious.

  • nickshaw

    There’s only one reason Skeeter’s numbers stay so high and he won re-election despite his inability to speak coherently without a teleprompter, poor grasp of economics, lack of leadership qualities and…dare I say it…outright lies to the American public.
    No, scratch that.
    To the world.
    Liberals (and more than a few republicans, note the small “r”) just can’t handle that a black man (disregard that he is not “black”) is not up to the job.
    No, scratch that too!
    A liberal black man.
    Had a conservative or Republican black man been elected, you can bet your bottom dollar there would be no end to the criticism of every single mistake the man made!
    It it would be because of his “policies” not the color of his skin.
    Think Condi Rice for an example.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      nickshaw: You are absolutely right.

      Burt

    • http://navygentleman.com/cvn2 Red47

      Yep. Preezy’s icky.
      Nice to bump into you.

      • nickshaw

        Always a pleasure to bump, Red! ;-)

        • http://navygentleman.com/cvn2 Red47

          Incorrigible!

          • nickshaw

            But well groomed! ;-)

          • http://navygentleman.com/cvn2 Red47

            And properly motorcycled.

  • gloria

    Our president is perfectly qualified……..to be a community organizer. ‘Nuff said?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Gloria: So long as we agree that “community organizer” is a synonym for radical troublemaker.

      Burt

  • Brhurdle

    I also am dumbfounded by the tolerance and adoration bestowed on a man whose actions/results are at best mediocre. I have reconciled it by making a comparison to students cheering for their team that is lousy. What I can’t understand is the blind loyalty in the face of undeniable evidence that he has been a poor steward of the one area that affects all Americans – the economy. Personally, I find nothing about his speeches, proclamations or other actions that would be worthy of being labeled as exceptional.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Brhurdle: I also find him arrogant, narcissistic and totally unlikeable.

      Burt

      • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

        His being re-elected was partly massive vote fraud, partly the lack-luster performance of RINO Mitt Romney, and partly anti-white racism

  • Kitcrsn

    Burt, right on the money. Just as Clint Eastwood stated: Obama is the biggest hoax ever, perpetrated on the American people. Unfortunately half of America’s electorate couldn’t see it that way.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Kit: You’re right. It’s rather strange that Romney was insulted for his remark about the 47% when the election showed the number to be 51%.

    • Will Swoboda

      No Kitcrsn, about 93 million voters just stayed home.

      • sheila0405

        Thank you, Will! You hit the nail on the head. Those of us who voted for Mitt Romney–albeit, in my case, while holding my nose–are at the mercy of an uninformed, apathetic electorate.

  • Trappedincalifornia

    Watching Obama campaign in 2008 the term that kept running through my mind was “snake oil salesman” and in retrospect I think it was accurate.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Trapped: But at least those guys actually had some sort of liquid in those bottles, whereas Obama merely had hot air.

      Burt

  • http://twitter.com/jonihorses Joni Joyce

    Bernie, why the diss at Rand Paul?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Joni: It was Burt, not Bernie, who dissed Sen. Paul. I did it because he voted for Chuck Hagel, who is a lamebrain and a bigot, but filibustered John Brennan, who is actually a good choice to head up the CIA. In addition, he told a radio talk show host last year that he believed the only reason Arabs and Muslims dislike the U.S. is because we have a military presence in the Middle East. When the host asked him why he believed that, Paul said it was because that’s what they say and that’s what they write. I’m afraid in this case, the nut doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

      Burt

      • sheila0405

        My sentiments about Rand Paul, exactly.

  • Bruce A.

    Thanks Burt. Another column which leaves me wondering to laugh or cry.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Bruce: On my watch, you should laugh. There’s plenty of time for crying. And plenty of reasons.

      Burt

  • DOOM161

    When you nominate the guy that wrote Obamacare to run against the guy that implemented it, what do you expect to happen? The GOP stripped Obama of his biggest weakness, and were more than happy to do so.

    One thing you have to remember about Obama’s secretary picks is that he just fired all his safe picks. He doesn’t need to worry about another election.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      DOOM: Comparing RomneyCare to ObamaCare is like comparing a pothole to the Grand Canyon. That is not why Obama won.

      Obama may not need to worry about being re-elected, but he should be worrying about Democratic senators and congressmen who will have to run on his record in 2014. He shouldn’t have such a short memory that he has already forgotten about the 2010 elections.

      Burt

  • DanB_Tiffin

    “. . . when it comes to children, parents aren’t even entitled to basic information.”
    I have forgot who, at the Democratic National Convention said, “Government is the one thing we all belong to” The liberals certainly believe that stuff! There is plenty of evidence.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Dan: It slipped my mind, too, who said it. But there were so many goofy things said at their convention, who could possibly keep track?

      Burt

      • twin130

        I watched only part of the Democratic National Convention, and I came away thing this was it, we’ve won. Who could possibly watch this left-wing lunacy on display and vote for a democrat? With trillions in debt and so many out of work, they chose to talk about women’s reproductive rights and freedom of choice. I actually heard them say Republicans were trying to take away a woman’s right to vote! I thought anyone with half a brain would understand they were being conned. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Apparently many half-brained people showed up to vote, and lots of quarter-brains too.

        • Burt Prelutsky

          twin: I had the same reaction…and came to the same conclusion.

          Burt

        • DestinedWinners

          Sadly so many Americans are uninformed or misinformed. They may feel the need to vote but not much beyond that. 2008 election I had people argue with me that a community organizer duties were far more important than a United States Governor.

          The amount of people who say “I don’t talk about politics” is astounding but it means that they don’t want to discuss a topic they know nothing about – sad really

          But what is saddest of all that people re-elect Maxine Waters again and again. She is incompetent on a good day and a racist every day. I don’t run for office as I don’t feel I am not qualified but folks like her make me seem overqualified.

    • sheila0405

      http://youtu.be/6gLa9Te8Blw

      The statement came from a video shown at the DNC.

  • Wally

    Thanks Burt, unfortunately there are many who see this man as some kind of messiah and believe anything he says. I am waiting for some to move to that 57th state. Good riddance I’d say.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Wally: You could help them pack, and I’d drive them to the airport.

      Burt

      • http://1389blog.com/ 1389AD

        I’m emigrating this year.