In case you don't know, the Gridiron Club is an exclusive, invitation-only group of Washington "journalists." Every year the group hobnobs with the public officials they are supposed to be covering in a private dinner, usually including the president – or, as in the case last Saturday, the current occupant of the White House.
From the filtered reports of the event, it was just about what you would expect.
Barack Obama cut off the playing of "Hail to the Chief" by the U.S. Marine Band as he was introduced and asked: "Can we go with that song we talked about?"
With that, the band broke into Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
"Some things just bear repeating," Obama cracked.
He can repeat it all he wants. And, for all we know, it may even be true that Obama was born in the USA. But a more effective way to make the point, now that he is aware of the fact that most Americans don't believe his birth narrative or much of anything else he says, would be to release his birth certificate.
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Somehow, I think there's a reason he refuses to do so.
What could that reason be?
- Is it that his long-form birth certificate, the one needed to get a passport, sign up for Little League baseball or get a driver's license in many states, was long ago amended to show he was adopted by an Indonesian stepfather?
- Is it that his long-form birth certificate would reveal his parents weren't who he claims?
- Is it that his long-form birth certificate shows he was born somewhere besides Hawaii?
- Is it that his long-form birth certificate shows he was born in some other country?
We don't know. For whatever reason, Obama would like us never to know – and that is of understandable concern to millions of Americans, even if it is of no concern to the Gridiron Club, which guffawed itself into hysteria last Saturday night.
To show just how contemptuous of matters of legal eligibility issues Obama is, no sooner was he done laughing at all of you who do revere the Constitution and its requirements for holding the highest office in the land than he joked about another eligibility issue involving his former chief of staff.
When Rahm Emanuel was introduced by Obama, he quipped about the man arguably eligible to run for mayor of Chicago, "Welcome home."
Again, the room packed with journalists yucked it up.
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You know who they're laughing at – you. You and the Constitution and the laws of the land. Because for people like Obama and Emanuel, the laws are not really laws. They are merely suggestions – or requirements for their opponents. They are not etched in stone. They change subject to their convenience. They are to be sidestepped and mocked. Obama and Emanuel and their allies are above the law. The law is just for rubes like you.
Do you get it?
Even more obvious from Obama's recent behavior is his utter disdain and contempt for the openness and transparency he promised for his administration.
That's the biggest joke of all.
Nevertheless, even Obama has moments of candor. Like the time he said: "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are the people with something to hide."
But remember what they say, "He who laughs last laughs best."
I intend to have the last laugh at Obama's expense – and the expense of all his friends and admirers in the Washington press establishment.