In case Barack Obama hasn’t heard, his term in office ends (as of this writing) in exactly 574 days, 12 hours, 52 minutes, and 32 seconds. When that countdown is complete, he and his family will be expected to vacate the White House, aka the executive mansion, aka “the people’s house.”
One expects the president already knows this, although something he said last night gives the disquieting impression that he does not. He was hosting an LGBT Pride Month celebration at the White House and was in the middle of a speech when a heckler interrupted. The outburst prompted Obama to admonish, wagging his finger, “No, no no, no, no, no. Listen. You’re in my house.” [Emphasis added]
As the video below reveals, his comment was greeted with cheers from others in attendance, who either believe — as he seems to — that the White House is his personal residence or assumed he was coming out as one of them.
After security personnel removed the protester, he went on to add:
In general I am fine with a few hecklers. But not when I’m up in the House. Because, my attitude is, if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres, you know what I’m saying? And drinking the booze!
This column in no way is intended as a defense of hecklers, of this president or any other. Its purpose, rather, is to remind Barack Obama that those hors d’oeuvres and that booze are paid for by us, the American people, who also get to decide the next occupant of the people’s house. Which, thankfully, will not be him.