Monday, May 2, 2011

TMZ asks the hard question

Following the announced death of Osama bin Laden, news organizations have been struggling to come up with a unique angle from which to tackle the story. To that end, TMZ offered the following:
Obama -- Sex After bin Laden Announcement?!?
If you're Michelle Obama ... is there a more powerful aphrodisiac than the fact that your husband just hunted down and killed the most evil man on the planet???
TMZ wonders if the president's wife is turned on by the fact that a bunch of sweaty men just killed another sweaty man in one of the oh at least five Middle Eastern countries in which our government is currently killing people. (And no, TMZ, Mr. Obama himself did not "hunt down and kill" Osama bin Laden. He gave an order. From his desk.)

It's Mrs. Obama who is supposed to be turned on by a military action. We know that she holds the military in high esteem -- one of her stated reasons for engaging in her "war on childhood obesity" is that our rolypoly youth are supposedly too overweight to offer their bodies up for military use.
“Military leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in the prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well."
She wants as many young people as possible to be qualified for military service. She definitely likes the military.

So, regarding TMZ's question: I suppose that after all it is interesting, and not a totally random one designed to deliver traffic to the TMZ site by combining the words "Osama bin Laden" with "victory sex" and "Michelle Obama."

And how about this dramatic photo, released by the white house, to commemorate this event?

How much time was spent posing that photo? "No, Mr. President, you don't quite look stone-faced enough. The article's going to say you're stone-faced. There you go that's perfect. Oh, and Mrs. Clinton, would you mind putting your hand over your mouth, like you just can't believe what you're seeing-- that's great; now, hold it..."

The photo above appears along with this article, which contains the following information:
The President sat stone-faced through much of the events. Several of his aides, however, were pacing. For long periods of time, nobody said a thing, as everyone waited for the next update. In the modern age, Presidents can experience their own military actions like a video game, except that they have no control over the events.
Emphasis added because the previous paragraph in the very same article states:
At Barack Obama's orders, special operations teams were invading the airspace of a foreign country, targeting a compound with unknown occupants, and hoping to get out unscathed.
So the president has no control over the events, except that the events were occurring based on his orders.


But, seriously, do you think the president got a little nookie out of it?

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