Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Politics

From Peter Funt at The Moderate Voice:

First, President Obama accused Americans of being “soft.” Then, he said we’re “lazy.” How dare he!

If you’re a undisciplined campaigner who’s willing to take unrelated quotes out of context and combine them in one thoroughly bastardized attack, you come up with: President Obama thinks we’re all soft and lazy!

On the GOP campaign circuit, “lazy” and “soft” have quickly become the go-to words for 2012.

It’s the latest example of how unprincipled political behavior in an age of instant communications is wrecking government as well as the process of electing people to run it.

Here’s exactly what President Obama said in Honolulu the other day during a conference on international business:

“I think it’s important to remember that The United States is still the largest recipient of foreign investment in the world. And there are a lot of things that make foreign investors see the U.S. as a great opportunity — our stability, our openness, our innovative free market culture. But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted, well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America.”

lazytownOriginal DVD cover

It’s a statement with which no reasonable person, Democrat or Republican, would disagree.

Yet, within hours Rick Perry issued a TV commercial in which he rants, “Can you believe that? That’s what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy?” Then, smirking to camera, Perry adds: “That’s pathetic.”

Mitt Romney was also quick to distort, telling a campaign audience, “Sometimes, I just don’t think that President Obama understands America.”

Several other GOP hopefuls, including Heather Wilson of New Mexico and George Allen of Virginia, are already using the “lazy” line in their Senate campaigns.


It takes quite a bit of partisan gymnastics to turn these honest observations into charges that Mr. Obama thinks we’re all soft and lazy. Yet, that’s what the president’s rivals are attempting.

In truth, some of us are soft and lazy, and a few are also desperate.


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28 responses to “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Politics

  1. Love the Poster. And it has a picture of the reason I ended up working on campaigns — in 2006 George Allen was touted as the next Republican President. I worked very hard to help make sure he was NOT in the running. Of course, he worked pretty hard to sabotage his own campaign, too.

    Great post!.

  2. These are caricatures of presidential candidates. They can’t be real.

    • did you see hermie on david letterman’s show? dave told hermie that he’s acted very unpresidential. he wasn’t unkind to him at all, yet he still managed to cut him to ribbons.

  3. Speaking of soft and lazy, some wit tweeted that the Secret Service codename for Gingrich was “Doughboy.”

  4. My current Facebook status:

    “Misquoting your political rivals is dishonest (false witness, anyone?) and, yes, LAZY!”

    No dittoheads have responded yet.

    • we’ll have a few days of the talking heads saying that both sides do it, then a little bit of head-shaking, and then the meme about obama calling americans lazy will become part of the rhetoric that’s repeated over and over again so that the teabaggers don’t doubt that it’s true.

  5. maggiejean

    Where do you find these covers? Great job. I always check the original and you do amazing things with them.

    • thanks maggiejean. i answered you over at the big orange, but i’ll repeat it here just in case anyone is interested (i doubt it 😉 ). i just google or go to amazon and search for dvd covers, unless a particular movie or show pops into my mind. i found this one by going to amazon and doing a search for ‘lazy.’ i never even heard of this show before. that’s often the case, especially with kids’ shows.

      thank you for looking at the originals. i sometimes wonder how many people do. a lot of times, i put in a visual pun that makes more sense if you see the original. i hope that comparing is fun, sort of like those puzzles they have in magazines where they change a photo, and you have to find all the changes.

      • 🙂
        This one made me LOL especially hard, because I AM so aware of kids’ shows (damn my breeding loins!!!!)… two youngest watched Lazy Town quite a bit, and seeing Rick Perry as the creepy Robbie Rotten is just f*ing PRICELESS.
        GREAT post.
        Can I special request a “Yo Gabba Gabba” photoshop???

        • i never heard of this show before, but last night, i was looking for something on comcast’s on demand, and a clip from lazy town was playing. that happens pretty often. i’ll do a poster of a movie i never heard of, and then it i’ll see it on the menu on tv.

          i’m not familiar with yo gabba gabba (though i have heard of that one), so i’ll have to look and see.

  6. So, to recap: the President never called Americans “lazy”. Phil Gramm, on the other hand, did call us “a nation of whiners”. Just keeping score over here.

  7. So you have never watched the biggest hit show Iceland ever produced? As one who builds, when working, I’m amused that Lazytown has not a straight line to anything in town, no right angles, everything is curvy. Everything but Stephanie aka “pinkie”. On the subject of soft and lazy, I would challenge any of these loud mouth bastards to do my job for one day. Like the commercial remodel we did changing a store into a dentist office. Part of the load coming in was 5/8ths rock with a sheet off lead on one side (for the x-ray area). A dozen sheets to carry down a ramp and walk them in another hundred feet. It would KILL them. Damn near killed me!

    • i figured someone would know this show, but my money was on wken. he’s usually the one with a handle on kids’ shows. is it really from iceland? how cool (no pun intended).

      i think the rethugs who are complaining that people who won’t take just any job should be forced to work picking fruit or veggies for a week. i doubt they’d last even 5 minutes.

  8. Snoring Dog Studio

    I am so thoroughly sick of Fox News and the other conservative attack dogs out there who lie in wait to pounce on every word Obama says and then twist it into some form that doesn’t remotely resemble what he said. It took me weeding through dozens and dozens of articles on how “Obama TRASHED” students to the Australians before I could finally find one report on the FACTS behind his comment that the U.S. students had fallen behind in math and science. The conservative machine is run on manure – and there appears to be an endless supply. This is the week when my disgust and dislike for conservatives is running fairly high. I need a drink, I guess.

    • it’s not just faux news. politico started off a column with this:

      A video clip of President Barack Obama calling America “a little bit lazy” is quickly becoming a focus of Republican campaigns, and GOP operatives say it will get plenty of play not only on the presidential battlefield but also in down-ballot congressional races.

      Obama was talking about America’s pursuit of foreign investment, but the context may not matter as much as the punch line.

      the rest of the article goes on and on about how the rethugs are using the lazy remark as fodder. no chastising over how it’s pure and utter bullshit. of course, once one news outlet runs with this bullshit, all the other ones will pass it along. having rabid rethugs, as nauseating as they are, is fine. our political system is supposed to have opposing sides. however, the media is supposed to be neutral. it’s their duty to get the facts out to the population. unfortunately, journalism in this country has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.

  9. jeb

    Fits nicely with Man Coulter and others who oft repeat that Dems/Libs/et al love the welfare state because we don’t like to work. It always amazes me when I hear that since I’ve worked every day of my adult life (except for two months after I got out of the service because I had money saved up and chose to take a break) and I’ve actually done fairly well. But given the choice, I’d probably prefer handouts because I’m lazy.

    • buzzwords. connect obama with lazy as well as with the bullshit that he didn’t work very hard to get where he’s gotten. they’re playing to southern whites one sheet removed from the klan. blacks are lazy, and if they get anywhere, it’s due to affirmative action. that’s why they have to “take their country back.” back to the 1950s.

  10. John Erickson

    More attempts to prove Obama isn’t an American. Somebody elbow the record player, the needle’s stuck in a groove.
    (It’s like bumping your PC when the hard drive doesn’t respond, for all you young punks out there! 😉 😀 )

    • John Erickson

      p.s. How to feel better about Penn State winning their game today? THEY BEAT OSU!!! (If OSU played Hell, I’d root for Satan, trust me! 😀 )

    • ‘zactly! if you aren’t white (with the exception of hermie), christian (and only the rethuglican type of christian), and english-speaking (spelling doesn’t count for teabaggin’ morans), then you’re not american.

  11. ” Americans are lazy”– Kind of like politicians that can’t memorize or write notes to remember three things – like government departments they want to eliminate???

    When politicians don’t have a real platform, or any solutions to offer, they just go on the attack. I don’t think Perry is ever going to recover from his “oops” moment. Although he could not remember, we will not forget!

    • when you’re too lazy to even write notes on your hand, you don’t deserve to be president.

      p.s. if you have to resort to writing notes on your hand, you don’t deserve to be president.

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