Culture of Truth: Be Afraid

March 2, 2014 - Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on the Sunday Talk Shows:  Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. We create a separate podcast and post the copy here.  Follow @Bobblespeak

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I bet you thought the Sunday talk shows couldn't get any stupider. But this is America, and these are professionals. On ABC's This Week, Rich Lowry vigorously defended the Arizona anti-gay bill, saying if you refuse to serve coffee to a gay person, “you're not going to have a defense under this law, because serving someone coffee is not a burden on your religion.” Rather, he said, “You're dealing with the occasional baker or florist who has a genuine conscientious objection.” So, making and serving coffee is not a burden, but bread is. What if a gay person orders coffee and toast? This sadly went answered.



On Meet The Press, California Governor Jerry Brown address legalized marijuana, saying “how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.”

But of course the real topic of the day was if America's President is manly enough to stop Vladimir Putin from putting troops in Crimea. Also America's pundits are kind of bored, and wouldn't mind another war to shake things up a little bit.


George Stephanopoulos asked John Kerry “Sir, are there any military options on the table? During the crisis with Georgia, President Bush moved military warships to the region, sent humanitarian aid on a military aircraft. Is the U.S. prepared to do that now? Anything more?”


David Gregory summed up the situation in Ukraine, saying, “for the past ten days, administration officials and the president himself has basically said to Russia, "Don't do this, or else" and he likewise asked KerryIs there a military option?” Following that up with, “Is there a military option that has to be contemplated here?”


He followed that up with this non sequitur: “You say it's not about the U.S. and Russia. But the reality is that just <span>Wednesday</span>, you told my colleague Andrea Mitchell that Vladimir Putin said he would respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” He also asked Kerry

"I wonder as you hear some criticism from conservatives who say, "The issue here is that Vladimir Putin is not afraid. That he saw a red line by this administration in Syria and then no follow-up, no action. That he thinks that he can provoke the U.S. and the West and that President Obama won't do anything in response."


John Kerry wisely pointed out “you just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests.”


David Gregory has tough questions for Republicans, too though, asking Marco Rubio:

Do you agree with some of your colleagues who say it's the weakness of President Obama and the United States right now that has emboldened President Putin of Russia?” and “What does it say to you that Vladimir Putin has ignored the United States for ten days?”


Of course he asked quote “Do you think there is a military option here for the United States”? Even Rubio rejected that, saying quote “I don't think anyone is advocating for that.”


What we need is talk tough, on Ukraine and also Venezuela, “We need to say very clearly, "The United States and its people and its government are firmly on the side of the ambitions and the desires, the rightful desires of the people in the street”

The pundits are tired of Obama not being as manly as Putin.

Gregory quoted the Washington Post writing: “It took Vladimir Putin less than a day to trample on President Obama's warning against a Russian military intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. now faces a naked act of armed aggression in the center of Europe by a Russian regime that is signaling its intent to steamroller this U.S. president and his allies. Mr. Obama must demonstrate that can't be done."


Chuck Todd is very angry, saying,“Putin acts, Obama warns. Putin acts, Obama warns. This is a pattern that he can't afford to stay in here and just continue to warn.”

and quote “I think that they know that he's got to act, no more just issuing very harshly-worded statement.


Tina Brown pushed back at the manly rhetoric, saying “no need to just go off on this bellicose.” but then said quote “It's almost as if Putin is brilliant, really. I mean, he's sort of outfoxing Obama all the time.”


Kathleen Parker is even more frustrated, saying: “Obama has drawn the red line, he's moved back from that. Putin knows that and everybody else sees that. So he's really weakening our position I think where he says there are going to be costs.”

When the Mayor of Baltimore observed that maybe the American people don't want another war, Parker responded “I don't think that's even an option. But you have to be strong in what you say up front.”

So when the President proposed using force in Syria, Republicans vigorously opposed it, but now complain failure to bomb Syria led Vladimir Putin to put troops in Crimea, where Russia has a Naval base. It's time for more than harsh words, but action, but no one is advocating for force; this is a test of Obama's leadership and whether bad actors take him seriously; but there's no need to be bellicose, Obama is weakening our position where he says there are going to be costs; Ukraine isn't worth fighting for; you have but you have to be strong in what you say up front, Obama must demonstrate what Russia is not allowed to do, but force is not an option.

And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.