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Barack’s Blue Blanket – American Thinker – January 28, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker

Based on personal experience, conflicted self-promoter Linus Van Pelt lamented, “In this world, there is no heavier burden than a great potential!” Peanuts comic strip character, Linus expressed this confident sentiment, while tightly clutching a blue security blanket, or what in some circles is called, a “Wubby.”

A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner.” The concept of a “security blanket” was originally derived from blanket toting Linus in Charles Schultz’s comic strip Peanuts.  As a result, the term “security blanket” is now used by psychologists to define a “child’s (or anyone’s) excessive attachment to a particular object.”

President Barack Obama is a lot like Linus Van Pelt.  The President is a perplexing contradiction in terms. Obama, like Linus is said to be exceedingly intelligent and full of potential.  A Linus-type philosopher/theologian Obama preaches the gospel of social hope and change.  Linus quoted Scripture, while Obama tends to reference statements similar to those spoken by the theorist, Karl Marx.

Yet while verbally exuding confidence both Obama and Linus are a paradox.  The duo both flaunt self-perceived intellect, while diametrically exhibiting a predilection to insecurity.  Linus rarely appears without a blanket tossed over one shoulder and Barack refuses to leave Pennsylvania Avenue without the teleprompter packed in the presidential U-Haul©.

Maybe the President is cautious because he is aware ardent “supporters have had ample notice that a scripted Obama is far more effective than the spontaneous one?” Linus toted a scruffy blue blanket to summer camp, while Obama took no chances when setting up teleprompters “in the middle of a rodeo ring.” Linus was a thumb sucker and as of late Obama finds himself in “a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.” To insure that he didn’t put his foot in his mouth, Barack strangely depended on the security of a dual set of teleprompters while addressing a sixth grade class full of tweens.

Neither Linus, nor Barry, appear phased by the public’s impression of how dependence on innate objects outwardly reveals inherent uncertainty.  Both appear more focused on the personal sense of security than concerned about the possibility of public ridicule.

Similar to the self-doubting comic strip character, Obama promotes the overconfident attitude of Linus in a snow fort. When reading from a display device Obama may as well publicly quote Linus and say “I am king of all survey! This is an impregnable fortress! No one can take it! I could defend this position from a hundred attackers!” Yet while white knuckling a blankey in the form of a teleprompter Obama seems oblivious to the fact that America is observing inconsistent behavior.

Like a drug addict, Linus Van Pelt exhibited a powerful emotional attachment to a security blanket.  In fact whenever Linus was separated from his fuzzy friend the Peanuts character “went into withdrawal.” According to the Politico, “After the teleprompter malfunctioned a few times… Obama delivered some less-than-soaring speeches, reports surfaced that he was training to wean himself off of the device.” “No such luck” because when “shorn of his teleprompter” what manifests is quite a different Obama.

Those who’ve heard the Orator-in-chief speak without the benefit of a security blanket claim Obama’s “delivery halting and unsure.” Unlike the typical Obama discourse where the “words flow with unparalleled fluidity,” without an inanimate refuge, Obama stumbles “over his phrasing repeatedly.”

In Peanuts Linus’ voiceless blue blanket developed a unique personality just as the POTUS’s teleprompter has been affectionately coined the TOTUS.  In response to being teased, Linus used the blue blanket as a whip, intimidating children who mocked the owner of the blanket’s loving attachment to a friend. In like manner, Barry maintains control over the nation by utilizing a high-tech security blanket beating back critics with  words scrolling across a digital screen.

Lucy Van Pelt, another famous Peanuts character and Linus’ older sister, tried repeatedly to wean her younger brother from his addiction to “blue.”  Lucy took action by throwing Linus’ appendage in the trash burner.  A proactive Lucy even fashioned a kite out of the blanket, buried the binky and cut it into squares for a flannel graph storyboard.  After the recent incident at Graham Road Elementary School, like Lucy, one must wonder whether the President can find the courage to emerge from behind the podium and renounce inordinate attachment to the ever-present teleprompter.

On occasion, Lucy Van Pelt even deemed it necessary to tie Linus’ blanket over her brother’s mouth to stop the boy from making inappropriate comments. Thus, Linus was gagged by a security blanket.  Based on the obvious Linus/Obama similarities, could it be that Barack’s teleprompter holds the key to getting Obama to curtail the endless rhetoric? If Lucy muzzled Linus with the blanket, maybe public mortification can force Barack Van Pelt to lose the worn-out wubby.

To date it isn’t looking hopeful, Obama continues to cling to his electronic security blanket more firmly than those the President indicted for clinging to guns and religion. Thus far, Barry seems unaware that a United States president setting up a teleprompter in a sixth-grade classroom is as pathetic as appearing at a lectern sucking a plastic nipple.

One day an enlightened Linus informed his blanket, “People are beginning to say nasty things about me.  I’m sorry, blanket…I’m going to have to leave you here by the side of the road.” Maybe President Obama, like Linus Van Pelt, will eventually experience a similar epiphany and recognize how hiding behind the teleprompter does nothing more than expose Obama’s justified insecurity.

The Vitameatavegamin Bill


Congressional Democrats are committed to overhauling the healthcare system and while doing so obviously do not intend to let the public know what the legislation contains for fear Americans will reject the QVC sales pitch.  Instead they are embarking on a successful method employed during the 2008 election of false advertising and selling a bag of goods without revealing the ingredients or the affect.

In a hurried effort to pass a bogus health care bill it is imperative that the merchandise’s contents be hidden from those it’s being sold to.  Instead, Democrats have dragged out a conceptual Vitameatavegamin health care bill for public consumption void of legislative language and whose obscure costs and implications no one bothers to consider.

Anyone over the age of forty remembers Lucille Ball playing the part of a woman auditioning for a Vitameatavegamin commercial where a tonic is presented as the, “…answer to all your problems.” In the episode, the director of the Lucy’s foray into commercials is unaware that the “healthful” concoction of “…vitamins, meat, vegetables and minerals,” also has listed in the fine print a 23% alcohol content.  The Democrats might as well be holding up a bottle of Vitameatavegamin every time they speak on behalf of the health care proposal.  However, unlike Lucy’s director, Democrats are well aware of sinister particulars residing in the legislative proposals, but continue to resist posting ingredients online in an attempt to present a benign product that ultimately delivers a punch.


For all intents and purposes, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is our very own Lucy convincing America to sign onto a product she knows nothing about.  Smiling a forced, phony grin Nancy continually auditions to retain her seat of power. The only thing missing from the Speaker’s head is a lovely, little retro-lace Lucy-style bonnet.  Nancy, like Lucy, assures America that the Vitameatavegamin health care bill is a panacea that will be the ultimate, “…answer to all our problems,” especially if it includes a high-potency vitamin packed public option she guarantees it will include.

In the episode clip, Lucy auditions for the part of Vitameatavegamin girl beaming widely into the camera.   The director tells her to recite the script.  After citing the ingredients, the director tells Lucy to take a big mouthful, smile and wink saying what Speaker Pelosi alleges today about health care, “…it’s so tasty too…just like candy!”  However, after Lucy lifts the swill to her mouth the look on her face tells the whole story.  Yuck!  Her lips invert, the two muscles in her neck pop as she attempts to down the ghastly medicine. A similar situation could pose a problem for Pelosi’s sales pitch as personal commitment to a product ultimately clinches the sale.

After Lucy’s adverse reaction to the liquid remedy her director tells her, “No, no, no…you’re supposed to like the stuff. You’ve got to smile and be happy,” which was even difficult for someone determined to win the title of Vitameatavegamin girl.  The content of what Lucy was forced to swig was not fit for human consumption, which is precisely why, unlike a compliant Miss MaGillicutty, Democrats repudiate for their own consumption a product they are pushing on us.

Barack Obama disregards the vomitacious nature of the proposal and perseveres repeating, “OK, take it from…It’s so tasty too!” And, despite national rejection of the proposed fix, the Director-in-Chief personally holds our nation’s nose while dictatorially insisting we say “Ah.” According to studies, ninety-three percent of the American population feel a remedy is unnecessary for a condition that doesn’t exist.  Yet, the Vitameatavegamin health care sales team continues to drone on asking the wary, “Why don’t you join the thousands of happy, peppy people?”

In the fifty-year-old episode, Lucy slowly becomes desensitized to the questionable ingredients in the bottle as her ability to focus diminishes.  Her reaction to the product presents a potential ruse that Democrats could employ in their quixotic quest to control life and death. Bleary eyed and inebriated Lucy smacks her lips and says, “This stuff tastes pretty good…after you get used to it!”  Thus, if Democrats have their way, they will continue to force a tonic of half-truths and obfuscations on the public.  With any luck the effort will result in an America, so disorientated by lies that without question, the majority will guzzle down a Vitameatavegamin health care bill—consigning even the sober to endure its influence.

Speaking on behalf of the Director-in-Chief, our very own little Vitameatavegamin girl, Nancy Pelosi, has gotten to the point where she is encouraging, “Everybody to get a bottle of this stuff!”  What began as a coherent attempt to convince America to sign onto sane cost and competition directed health care reform has now been reduced to statements about public options that are on par with Lucy asking, “Do you pop out at parties…are you unpoopular?”

Nancy, Harry and Barry – are modern day snake oil salesmen.  Their medicine show consists of constant hawking to step right up and join the millions of Americans who have yet to read the ingredients, have no idea what it tastes like, or how it will affect them–but look to government to provide them with a healing elixir.

Yet, the Democratic sales pitch appears to be breaking down with every slam of the clapboard. As Pelosi, Reid and Obama work together to preserve their bottle of bureaucratic belladonna it becomes apparent they are the ones intoxicated with power. Presently, what we are witnessing is a desperate coalition of Democrats reduced into a desperate band of marketing mavens attempting to convince dubious consumers to invest in Handy Brushes.

In the famous Lucille Ball Vitameatavegamin episode the more she persisted in promoting her product the clearer it became what it actually was.  Hope endures that just as Lucy buckled under the influence of a shoddy product, the American public will recognize that like  a bottle of Vitameatavegamin, the bill the Democrats in Washington DC swear will surely be as easy as “spooning our way to health,” has neither our health, nor our well being in mind.

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