Commentary Magazine


Obama Won Ruling But Lost His Dignity

Following the Supreme Court’s decision on ObamaCare, a degree of celebration was expected. Many in the pundit class have said the Court’s decision could be the single most influential event on the November election.

After the dust settled and it became clear that the healthcare law survived the gavel, officials in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Obama administration went to their computers to let off some steam.

The executive director of the DNC took to Twitter and sent out the following message: “it’s constitutional. Bitches.” The DNC’s new media director vented on Twitter, immediately tweeting, “Overheard in the office: ‘TAKE THAT MOTHER******S!!’” The tweet was soon deleted, but nothing on the Internet disappears completely. Screen shots were taken and that soon appeared on Twitchy, which was then linked to by Drudge.

One might understand this momentary weakness and forgive the total loss of decorum if it wasn’t then replicated by the president’s digital and campaign staff. But it was.

The official Twitter account of the president of the United States tweeted last night: “Still a BFD: http://OFA.BO/ayPgAZ” For those of you unsure of the definition it can be found here on a site that translates young people’s speak into everyday English. The president’s Twitter account quoted a hot-mic utterance of the vice president’s from when the bill was passed. Instead of repudiating the vice president’s total lack of class and dignity, the president decided to imitate it on the world’s stage. The link leads to the Obama campaign store – they’re selling a t-shirt to match the president’s tweet. You cannot make this stuff up.

Just in case you missed that tweet – just wait – there was even more classlessness from the Obama campaign last night. President Obama’s campaign manager sent a fundraising email with the subject line, “Let’s win the damn election.” “Win the damn election” was also repeated in the body of the email.

Perhaps I shouldn’t, but I would like to remind the Obama campaign of its target audience. Young people, if they make it out to vote in the same numbers as they did last time, are still more or less in the bag for Democrats. The target constituencies the Obama team should be focusing on are the middle-aged and middle class voters in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. This kind of behavior may have be seen as cutting edge from a young underdog in the race. Not from the president of the United States. While the president has a reelection campaign to run, one would hope he would keep in mind that the office of the president deserves more respect.