You may have missed the president’s prime-time speech last night to watch “The Million Second Quiz,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
If you did miss the speech, rest assured you didn’t miss much. The text was anticipated by numerous bloggers during the day yesterday, some of whom came uncannily close to Barack Obama’s actual words.
One thing that probably did escape your attention was the formal invitation shown on this page, which invites viewers to tune in to “a special message from the president on Syria.”You’d think from the buildup that Obama had something monumental to say. But that would imply that he’s ever had a strategy toward Syria — that his threat to use military force (however limited) was the result of something more substantive than needing to save face to cover his own bluster. You’d imagine that his speech he was about to deliver would be something more than a recapitulation, hastily cobbled together at the eleventh hour, of on a “plan” based on an off-hand serendipitous dismissal by his own Secretary of State that our Russian “ally” capitalized on.
As to the invitation, it shows the narcissist-in-chief striding along a promenade inside the White House, flanked by pillars, the floor lined with a red carpet.
It didn’t miss the attention of a Twitter user named BuzzFeedBenny, who tweeted at 6:22 last evening:
This Obama speech invitation is beyond words. pic.twitter.com/o6qsPXvA36
Nick Searcy, co-star of the FX series“Justified,” found words, tweeting minutes later:
Twitchy this morning has a round-up of other reactions, both to the photo and the speech, including a couple by Obama defenders.