This morning, the Pioneer Press created some waves by calling President Obama an “assclown.”
The off-color remark came in the context of the PiPress’s “Loop Ten” feature, which is a slideshow that serves as sports producer Kevin Cusick’s “daily countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers.”
Clocking in at a tie for number three in today’s installment was “selfies.” That entry is accompanied by an image of Obama holding a selfie stick in an apparent effort to take a photo of himself.
That’s all well and good, but where Cusick got himself in trouble was with the text below the image.
“A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed assclown,” it said.
“After further review, it’s a poor choice of word,” he replied in an email. “I must have been in an especially foul mood last night. I’ve toned it down a bit.”
Indeed, the caption has now been edited to read, “A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed celebrity.”
But assclown was perfect, Pulitzer-worthy!
Ostensibly, the point of the video was to alert BuzzFeed’s audience to the Feb. 15 deadline for ObamaCare enrollment. If communicating with 20-somethings as if they are 11-year-olds is a way to get them to behave like grown-ups, then maybe the White House has at last found a way to make good on its make-believe enrollment numbers.
“Can I live?” the president says when caught shooting imaginary hoops in his study by a young visitor. “You do you,” the visitor gamely replies before walking off.
Yes, you do you, Barry: It’s what your political career has always been about, from your myth-memoir “Dreams From My Father” to your well-nurtured cult of personality to the coterie of flatterers with whom you have surrounded yourself in office to the supine and occasionally complicit news media that have seen you through six years of crisis, failure and scandal.
In other word: assclown.