The broadcast, which appeared unexpectedly over many US television stations last Wednesday night, superficially seems to be a debate between US president Barack Obama and an unnamed other person, possibly the president's debate coach John Kerry. However, the incendiary and invidious intent of the presentation soon makes itself obvious.
Mr. Lehrer, who appears in the role of moderator, continually allows the opponent to berate and insult the president by citing the latter's record as chief executive, as well as quoting his words directly. Mr. Lehrer also repeatedly fails to stop the opponent from going over his allotted 30% of speaking time. At one point, Mr. Lehrer verbally assaults the president, telling him "you’re way over the two minutes."
The telecast, while likely a satire or practical joke of some sort, upset and enraged many important elite viewers both in the US and abroad. According to Reuters, demonstrations characterized by consternation and uneasiness broke out in many European capitals:
President Barack Obama's lackluster performance in the first U.S. election debate provoked uneasiness in European capitals on Thursday, where hopes are mostly, if unofficially, pinned on his securing a second term.
In Europe, where leaders and finance officials have worked closely with the Obama administration over the past 2-1/2 years trying to resolve the euro area debt crisis, there was particular consternation at Romney's singling out of deficit-ridden Spain as a poorly administered economy.
"Romney is making analogies that aren't based on reality," Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told reporters after a meeting of his centre-right party.
Back in the states, special police debate teams are on call in many cities after former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller gave Lehrer's performance a D grade and called him "road kill" in his Twitter analysis of the debate. Officials believe that the potential for rhetorical mayhem is high after liberal NYU journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen also called out Lehrer on Twitter, saying, "Romney took strong advantage of a weak moderator."
Authorities, seizing on the precedent established in the arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula last month for making the anti-Islam film, which incited violence in many normally peaceful foreign capitals, have attributed blame to Mr. Lehrer for the disruptions his unauthorized broadcast have caused.
Constitutional scholars in New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority noted that if something someone says causes crime - such as vandalism and denunciation of important politicians like MTA executives - then the best way to deal with it is to eliminate the root cause: the speech that caused it. "We have more important things to do than chase down every petty crime that happens in our jurisdiction," said one city official. "Say bud, how many ounces is that soda you're drinking?"
Citing the well-known "fighting words" exception to the First Amendment, Obama Administration figures claim the arrest of Mr. Lehrer is entirely justified because "his performance makes us want to fight!"
Officials at the Department of Justice are sure the Supreme Court will uphold Mr. Lehrer's conviction at his upcoming show trial as "the four smart justices are all for it - and Roberts will be too, once he's told he won't be invited to any more dinner parties if he votes against it."
Mr. Lehrer is being held incommunicado at an undisclosed location for "his own safety," as one official put it. Requests for legal counsel have so far been denied. "A lot of this Bill of Rights stuff just gets in the government's way of solving problems," said a New York Times editorial. "That's why the Chinese model is superior to ours."
Hey Comrade CDC, is that the swineheard that ate its human owner the other day, by any chance???
Comrades, I do hope that no one has allowed FLATUS to see those pigs...
R.O.C.K. in the USSAComrades, I do hope that no one has allowed FLATUS to see those pigs...
I hope those pigs don't see FHOTUS's rear end lest they mistake it for a nursing sow.
I was campaigning for Romney at University of Central Florida, and a friend said to me "I want to see you become president of the US."
I jokingly answered "Well, we can do that. I will have to falsify my birth certificate. I still have the PhD in Cryptography. And I still remember very well the "paperwork" that I had to do in order to enter Italy illegally."
It was actually nice, for once, to see Mr. Lehrer get his handed to him, and even more gratifying to hear Mr. Obama do naught but sputter, blubber, and mumble, as well as grimace and smirk. The next debates will be entirely interesting to listen to...
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I was just lying here, attempting to stifle this hacking cough and feeling depressed and pissed off about being sick and the state of the NHL, when through the Northern Bunker's window came an errant baseball which smacked me upside the head! I know it's not down to the Blue Jays, cause they suck almost as badly as the Maple Leafs, and I'm pretty sure it's real and not part of my feverish delirium, since it kinda hurt and is now sitting my lap... So home run, Comrade!... home run!
P.S. I'm keeping the ball! Huzzah!
... Prog still off... at least until I'm well enough to write something articulate.
John Frum! Is there anyone more enthusiastic than you? I don't think so. I used to wear that crown, according to some comrades, but now you take the cake! I gladly concede this honor to you. (I recommend cornbread cupcakes.)