into the delivery of a speech President Obama was giving to Fortune
magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit on Tuesday, October 6, the presidential seal fell off the front of his podium.
"Oh goodness," the president ad-libbed at the Washington event. "That's
all right. All of you know who I am." He then ventured a guess that at
least one member of the set-up team was "sweating bullets."
Driscoll at Pajama Media cried"Metaphor alert!" and summed up the
punditry on this incident. "The trappings of the presidency are falling
down around President Obama," says Dana Milbank at The Washington Post
— literally, in this case. The seal was obviously "expressing its
distaste with two years of compromise and failure to support
progressive values," says Nitasha Tiku in New York.
Even the media knows about signs and symbols. Whether they believe in them or not is another question.
Liberal commentator Keith Olbermann at MSNBC said he would give $2 to the first Conservative who claimed it was a sign.
Well, I’m not Conservative. But, I will claim the $2 if nobody else will.
don’t fall off podiums (or is it podia), especially presidential ones,
every day. Someone was probably sweating bullets about the incident.
Not the President. But, he will be sweating the mid-term elections as
the Democrats lose big.
His Presidency is clearly in jeopardy
and it is more than doubtful that he will be re-elected in 2012. Signs
suggest he won’t see a second term.
Hopefully, George W. Bush will not attempt a reprise.