I was left absolutely baffled by the fact that so many of my Facebook friends on Sunday felt the need to post a picture of President Obama getting a bear hug from some guy in Florida. I have no idea why they thought this was important or notable, or what conclusion they were drawing from it, but they were mirrored by virtually every major political blog and newspaper too.
Why the hell does anyone care? I have no idea. But between the president’s fans thinking this was worth promoting and the Republicans who are allegedly now boycotting the guy’s pizza place over it, I’m just left scratching my head. Seriously? This is news? This is something anyone should give a shit about? Why? I mean, for crying out loud, Politico did a whole article about the guy who did it, noting his workout regimen and how much he could bench press — and has him opining on whether Obama is in better shape than Paul Ryan.
If I were the reporter assigned to write that story, I would want to tell my editor to insert it somewhere painful. At a time when we’re facing a huge range of serious problems, we’ve got political reporters writing stories about pizzeria owners giving a politician a hug. Of course, that same “news” outlet has had several articles over the last few days about who Nicki Minaj is or isn’t endorsing. Why would anyone care?
I mean, seriously, what a fucking ridiculous country we live in. We obsess over every utterance that comes out of the mouths of Kim Kardashian, Snooki or some pituitary moron who calls himself The Situation. Sometimes I want to move to a deserted island.