Hornblower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbending he stiffened to attention. He could recognize that type of man at once—the servant of a tyrant, and in close personal association with him, modeling his conduct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fancied should be the correct behaviour of a tyrant, far out-Heroding Herod.
C.S. Forester Flying Colors 1938
I mentioned this morning that it’s hard to comment on news stories on April 1st because you can’t tell what’s real an what’s not.
Hot Air apparently had the same problem.
I owe the MRC an apology for doubting them.
What is the story that the MRC reported that Hot Air couldn’t believe from the MRC? This:
The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.
Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.
It’s even worse than it sounds:
You know what the worst part is? Hollande didn’t say “Islamic terrorism,” which is the supposedly objectionable term. He said “Islamist terrorism.” “Islamist” was, I thought, a term that came into use precisely because it gave the speaker an efficient way to distinguish between “moderate Muslims” and the more jihad-minded. “Islamic” describes all things Muslim; “Islamist” describes a supremacist view in which Islam is the highest authority of the state. Many critics of Islam would dispute that there’s a meaningful distinction between those two, but Obama and Hollande certainly wouldn’t. ISIS may not be Islamic to Obama but it’s certainly Islamist. Point being, Hollande chose his words carefully here according to the White House transcript so as not to conflate the average Muslim with the jihadis he’s discussing — and the White House still censored him.
This is not just a function of Obama, it’s a function of the functionaries under him:
it is the work of those people on a lower level that contribute the most real world damage to Americans.
When President Obama is replaced in November it will be good for the country but just as good if not better will the symbolic cleaning of the Augean stables that the sweeping his radical cronies from DC will be.
As Glenn Reynolds Ed Driscoll put it:
BARACK OBAMA MORPHED INTO BASIL FAWLTY SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED
I disagree, Barack Obama has been a joke since day 1 and frankly if I was Basil Fawlty I’d be insulted by the comparison.
Update: That was Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, not Glenn Reynolds
Update 2: Jim Treacher hits the ultimate Irony:
This is not okay. This is underhanded and cowardly. It’s positively Orwellian. Good lord, our government has lost its way so completely that I’m being forced to defend the President of France.
That’s pretty bad.
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