Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Don't Know Why...

...he swatted that fly. Yes, I know I'm the last to show up to the party with this video clip. It opened The Daily Show last night, was featured quite prominently on Stephen Colbert's show (including time with the bereaved fly family), and has even made it to the BBC news this morning, under the headline: Ten Ways to Swat a Fly. Among those ways is "the old fashioned slap, now known as The Barack." Sigh. You'd think we didn't have anything more pressing to occupy our time with the President of the United States. We did learn a few things about the leader of the free world in the outtake from CNBC: 1. he has stealth reflexes; 2. he wastes no time taking care of business; 3. he takes pride in his accomplishments, no matter how small. It could also be argued that we now know this about Barack Obama: 1. he has no patience for small annoyances; 2. he spends very little time considering alternatives when he is annoyed; 3. he's not overly concerned about his reputation with Buddhists, 4. or PETA. Beyond all else we might learn from the clip, we know this to be certain - Barack Obama can't even swat a fly without creating an international buzz. This is now the literal truth. Given the pests currently swarming the president's head: cave-dwelling terrorists in Pakistan, power-brokering politicians in DC, fear-mongering pundits on TV, money-grubbing industrialists in the heartland, wild-eyed eccentrics with nuclear bombs in North Korea - it seems over-analysis of a fly swatting incident is almost inappropriate. Then again - perhaps it's his most telling interview yet. I'm pondering the path to peace today...and the flyswatter in my kitchen. Is it right to make quick work of the flies in order to save the picnic?

1 comment:

strick said...

chuckle ... hmmm ... big questions make my head hurt