But there’s something about this President that makes conservatives think it’s OK to go apeshit in his presence. They didn’t do this to Carter, an actual pacifist, or Clinton, who really did have a plan for universal health care, or LBJ, who actually made it easier for poor people to vote and eat. All of them clearly evil America-haters.
But they got treated with a modicum of respect, at least to their faces. Not Obama. What can it be that’s different about him? (ponders for a moment to uncomfortable audience laughter)
It’s either his race, or it’s your brain chemistry, or it’s something that happened when your dad spanked you and you liked it and you were looking at a box of Cream of Wheat. I don’t know, I’m not a therapist. Maybe it’s not race. I don’t know what’s in people’s hearts. Except Newt Gingrich, I know what’s in his heart: lust and cheese fries.
But this type of in-the-room, in-your-face, in-your-space disrespect is new. Admit that, and I will admit that, of course, something like impeaching Clinton was far more serious. But it was also at least in some ways more respectful. It was done with high pomp, through official channels, and was all about the rule of law, and the Chief Justice wore a special robe he got from a musical or something.
And somehow that is a lot more respectful than this.