But this year, the Obama Oval Office is branching out. Whether conversation flags or not, around your Thanksgiving table, spokesman Josh Earnest indicated on Monday that the White House hopes you’ll make a point of talking about “gun control.”
If you need inspiration, video of Mr. Earnest making his appeal is below.
His words, commemorated for posterity:
Again, if Congress were actually interested in [homeland security], they’d pass a law that would prevent somebody who’s on the terror watch list from being able to buy a gun. That’s what Congress should do.
And as people are sitting around the Thanksgiving table, talking about these issues, as they should, and as I’m sure they will all across the country, I hope that’s a question that will be raised, and asked by members around the table–that if we’re going to have a serious discussion in this country about national security, let’s talk about some pretty obvious things that Congress can do. …
I’m not sure why that’s even controversial. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been done so far.
I suspect, however, that it has a lot to do with the fear that Republicans have of the NRA.
Yeah, yeah. But I’m kind of back on that business about people sitting around the Thanksgiving table talking about “these issues” — “as they should.” It makes me wonder if the Obamas have ever had a normal Thanksgiving dinner. Is that what they do? Sit around and talk about…gun laws and national health care?
Another perspective, from out here in the real America: people who talk about guns on Thanksgiving are typically people who own and like guns. They’re talking about the guns, and what they enjoy about them — the way they’d talk about cars, opera, fishing, ATV-ing, football, or the kids’ trip to Honduras to build classrooms for orphans.
I’m not sure how to break it to the Obama administration, but I know no Americans who want to talk about Congress doing anything, at the Thanksgiving table.