Friday, August 3, 2012

Peggy Noonan: Merry and Ironic

Blue Texan at Crooks and Liars has a lot of fun dissecting Peggy Noonan’s columns, and today is no exception when Ms. Noonan picks up the “you didn’t build that” trope and runs it through the Olympics:

From a friend watching the Olympics: “How about that Michael Phelps? But let’s remember he didn’t win all those medals, someone else did. After all, he and I swam in public pools, built by state employees using tax dollars. He got training from the USOC, and ate food grown by the Department of Agriculture. He should play fair and share his medals with people like me, who can barely keep my head above water, let alone swim.”

The note was merry and ironic. And as the games progress, we’ll be hearing a lot more of this kind of thing, because President Obama’s comment—”You didn’t build that”—is the political gift that keeps on giving.

Yeah, wouldn’t it be just HILARIOUS if Obama told an Olympian he didn’t get there on his own? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

ROMNEY: You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities.

Oops.