Culture of Truth: Out of Touch



June 29, 2014 – Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Using show transcripts, he creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. Excerpted from June 29 Virtually Speaking Sundays.

Hi, I'm Culture of Truth,

Being away for a while, I missed some ridiculous Sundays. Back on June 15, Mitt Romney, the man who got crushed by Barack Obama in 2012, came on Meet The Press to blame Eric Cantor's loss on Obama, call Obama weak, and unironically accuse him of underestimating his adversaries.

For expertise on Iraq, Gregory turned to Paul Wolfowitz, who you may remember from such hits as 'there will be no ethnic fighting in Iraq', and 'we will be welcomed as liberators.'

On June 22, David Gregory interviewed another future losing Presidential candidate, Rand Paul. On that show, the word 'Benghazi' was used 16 times. I counted.

This week, on ABC, viewers were warned about an urgent terror threat and toothpaste bombs, while Bill Kristol expressed his deep concerned about Obama's overreach.

On Meet The Press, Gregory had on a former Obama White House lawyer to ask her if the House might impeach the President, citing as a reason EPA carbon limits and an order increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors.

On the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala, over the Benghazi attack, Gregory said, “You've heard the criticism already. Why not put him before a military commission? Why not put him in Guantanamo Bay rather than put him in a civilian proceeding?”

Then followed a rather hilarious interview in which Bill Clinton basically called David Gregory shallow, and, interrupting Gregory, pointed out that what Hillary Clinton had said about their finances was “factually true.” They then discussed Dick Cheney, Benghazi, and whether “it's time to give pot a chance.”

Gregory then interviewed Reince Priebus, who tactfully called the Clintons quote “obnoxious” and hypocrites for criticizing Dick Cheney, and said on foreign policy, Republicans are proactive while Obama is hesitant, for example, in not bombing Syria. When Gregory pointed out that Obama successfully got chemical weapons out of Syria, Priebus said he didn't know anything about that, and brought up Benghazi.

On the panel, it was on to more pressing issues, including the non-existent lawsuit John Boehner says he wants file against the President, and the IRS.

But the most absurd moments came in three different segments of the show discussing whether Hillary Clinton has too much money to be elected President in two and a half years. Reaching for a narrative, David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Steve Schmidt, Bill Clinton, Reince Priebus, Anita Dunn, Nia-Malika Henderson, and Andrea Mitchell all solemnly considered whether Hillary Clinton is “out of touch,” a phrase that was used on the show eight different times. I counted.

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