Lip-Syncing the Founding Fathers

Sunday : January 27, 2013  <>  Posted by Frank, 9:43 am e     <>  Print Version

Obama will always be cooler than a bunch of squaresville yawneroos boring on about jobs and debt and entitlement reform.

Mark Steyn at the Orange County Register:

If I’m following this correctly, according to one spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band, at Monday’s Inauguration BeyoncĂ© lip-synced to the national anthem but the band accompanied her live. However, according to a second spokesperson, it was the band who were pretending to play to a tape while BeyoncĂ© sang along live. So one or the other of them was faking it. Or maybe both were. Or neither. I’d ask Chuck Schumer, the master of ceremonies, who was standing right behind her, but he spent the entire performance staring at her butt. If it was her butt, that is. It might just have been the bulge of the Radio Shack cassette player she was miming to. In an America with an ever more tenuous grip on reality, there’s so little to be sure of.

Whether BeyoncĂ© was lip-syncing to the band or the band were lip-syncing to BeyoncĂ© is like one of those red pill / blue pill choices from “The Matrix.” Was President Obama lip-syncing to the Founders, rooting his inaugural address in the earliest expressions of American identity? (“The patriots of 1776 … gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.”) Or maybe the Founders were lip-syncing to him as he appropriated the vision of the first generation of Americans and yoked it (“preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action”) to a statist pitch they would have found utterly repugnant.

The whole event had the air of a simulacrum: It looked like a presidential inauguration, but the sound was tinny and not quite in sync. Obama mouthed along to a canned vocal track: “We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.” That’s great! It’s always reassuring to know the head of state is going to take issue will [with] all those people wedded to the “belief” that America needs either to shove every granny off the cliff or stake its newborns out on the tundra for the wolves to finish off. When it comes to facing the music, Obama is peerless at making a song and dance about tunes nobody’s whistling without ever once warbling the real big numbers (16 trillion). But, like BeyoncĂ©, he’s totally cool and has a cute butt.

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