Offensive Remark of the Week: Obama is Like an Abusive Spouse Edition

by Cara on March 9, 2009

in 2008 election, assholes, media, misogyny, offensive remark of the week, patriarchy, politics, social conservatives, violence against women and girls

I try to stay as far away from World Net Daily as possible, but via Media Matters comes this outrageous excerpt from a column that appeared on the site on March 4. After explaining why he thinks that Obama is already a completely colossal failure, Burt Prelutsky writes:

Frankly, I don’t know why anybody continues to hold Obama in high esteem. Maybe it’s like those women who marry charming fellows only to discover after the vows have been exchanged that he’s an abuser. In spite of the black eyes and split lips, the ladies are just too embarrassed to call the cops and have their friends and relatives discover what a dunderhead they’ve been.

Prelutsky’s bio at the end of the article describes him as a “humor columnist.” Har har. Har.

Well then, we now have President Obama, who we have no reason whatsoever to believe has a history of abusive behavior, compared to a perpetrator of intimate partner violence.  And then, much worse, we have women who end up in abusive relationships being called “dunderheads” — not to mention the reason that more women don’t report such violence being written off entirely as “embarrassment” rather than, you know, fear.  And of course, there’s no self-reflection over the fact that statements such as these are indeed the very reason that many women do in fact feel embarrassed and to blame for the abuse.

I know I’m laughing.

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{ 9 comments }

1 OuyangDan March 9, 2009 at 11:32 am

I was going to say something snarky about how funny it is…but I can’t even joke, b/c that comparison is beyond tasteless, let alone not funny.

2 Michael Hussey March 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm

These people still believe Hillary Clinton killed Vince Foster to cover-up a real estate deal she lost money on. That maybe believable on a horrible cop show like NCIS, not in the real world.

I try to stay as far away from World Net Daily as possible,

The Alan Keyes columns are so bad they’re good. Keyes can replace Prelutsky as the humor columnist. The man was funnier than Robin Williams at the Iowa debate.

This is where Prelutsky is coming from.

If I hear one more person point out that Obama is the president and that it’s our duty to support him, I just might run amok. For one thing, I resent being reminded that he actually won the election and that it’s not all a bad dream from which I’ll awaken as soon as the alarm clock rings.

A reason Obama won the election is because of the rehetoric of people like Prelutsky. There is a reason the Obama administration is propping up Rush Limbaugh. The center hates Limbaugh. The current GOP has no idea on how to expand their base.

The way Obama has been jetting around on Air Force One, which costs the taxpayers a bloody fortune every time it lifts off the tarmac, you’d think the environmentalists would be reading him the riot act.

And how many Nexis hits are we going to find of Prelutsky lamenting Bush’s abuse of Air Force One? Weak.

After all, even without knowing the details, they knew that the actual purpose of the legislation was to suck up even more money and power for themselves, thus completing the job begun 75 years ago by FDR.

I would love another New Deal. Bill Kristol’s infamous memo to kill Hillary Clinton’s health care plan was out of fear Republicans would have permanent minority status. The GOP placed politics above the health of the American people.

Prelutsky calls Eric Holder an “arrogant twit” and compares Obama to Mussolini. This isn’t a humor column. This is an angry and poorly written rant.

3 Lindsay March 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

It deserves no more than a hearty what. the. eff.

4 Lemur March 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Is it even worth it to write to that paper and perhaps gently point out how fucking offensive that comparison is?

5 Michael Hussey March 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Lemur, the World Net Daily is internet only. I have no idea how they stay in business. I like to see what their ad revenue is.

6 Cara March 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Is it even worth it to write to that paper and perhaps gently point out how fucking offensive that comparison is?

Sigh. I’m really not one to usually say this at all, but . . . probably not, Lemur. Probably not.

7 AshKW March 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Oh yes, fucking hysterical. Har dee har har. God. The racism leaps off the page; oh he’s black and probably abusive. Did anyone else catch that?

8 Renee March 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

In spite of the black eyes and split lips, the ladies are just too embarrassed to call the cops and have their friends and relatives discover what a dunderhead they’ve been.

I suppose it would be to much for them to call a woman beating asshole what he is; a sick vile abusing piece of crap human being. Fuck this is why I cannot stand this site. It’s always blame the woman for the actions of the man.

9 Verite Parlant March 12, 2009 at 12:05 am

I have no idea who Burt Prelutsky is and after reading this I have no desire to know more about him. And to AshKW, yes, I caught the stereotype of the black male in what he said as well.

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