From this weekend’s Advocate:
Talk about a cheap laugh. President Barack Obama had them rolling in the aisles a few weeks ago and all he had to do was quote Louisiana Congressman John Fleming.
That was not the first time Fleming had made an ass of himself far beyond our borders, and now he has done it again.
Since Fleming is a physician, there must be a suspicion that he couldn’t possibly be as dumb as he seems, and that he is faking it on the theory that no one likes a smart-ass where he lives in Minden. Either way, residents all over Louisiana must squirm every time he opens his mouth.
But Fleming was not discouraged by the reaction to his tomfoolery, and evidently believes no Republican can go wrong attacking Obama, however brainless the pretext. So now he has launched into Obama after he and the other living presidents recorded versions of the Gettysburg address for filmmaker Ken Burns.
Some versions of the speech contain the words “under God” and some don’t, and whether Lincoln uttered them on the battle site is unknown. The version Burns asked Obama to record omitted the reference to the Almighty. It was just the luck of the draw, although it was no surprise that Rush Limbaugh evidently had one of his fits about it.
But we like our congressmen to be more rational. We can’t call them out every time they make a dumb remark, but there comes a time when we have to cry enough. That time came a couple of days ago when Fleming put out a statement accusing Obama of a “mean-spirited and inexcusable bias” against religion.