With each effort Barack Obama makes to resemble an ordinary American, he succeeds only in appearing more out of touch. His clumsy attempts to sell ObamaCare through trendy social media outlets largely fall on deaf ears, while his insanely expensive family outings belie the message that his administration is concerned with the well-being of working Americans.
Obama’s recent trip to a Gap store in New York, however, provided some insight into how removed he is from the experiences of ordinary Americans suffering under his dismal economy and oppressive leftist policies.
Surrounded by reporters, he made his way through the retailer in an apparent effort to shop for his wife and daughters. The location was chosen so that Obama could offer his support of Gap’s decision to voluntarily raise wages for all of its employees next year.
When the time came for him to pay for his purchases, Obama was apparently dumbfounded by the technology found alongside the cash register.
“Oh wow,” he remarked. “So you can sign the machine?”
When reporters began commenting on his obtuse question, Obama attempted to backtrack and play off the exchange as a joke.
“They had these around the last time I shopped,” he said.
While previous Republican presidents who expressed amazement with new technology were roundly lambasted as hopelessly aloof, most mainstream media reports accepted Obama’s afterthought defense that he was merely being facetious.
As an example of the dichotomous standards to which the media holds presidents, a report from more than 20 years ago is still brought up by leftists who wish to portray Republicans as unable to relate to the common man. In 1992, a New York Times report based entirely on hearsay evidence was widely circulated in an attempt to portray George H.W. Bush as unfamiliar with supermarket barcode scanners.
More recently, Mitt Romney was criticized by numerous reporters for his remarks regarding the touchscreen ordering system at a convenience store.
Obama, however, remains largely protected by his media allies who accept his every word as gospel.
–B. Christopher Agee
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