If Robert Bolt’s thoughts on Saint Thomas More led him to write the play, A Man For All Seasons, I wonder if Barack Obama will one day inspire a play named, A Man For One Season. In what I believe to be an example of the arrogance of the President and his Administration — to a more sympathetic audience perhaps it could just be laziness — they have defaulted to basically the same response to all unwanted queries, the question is either ‘silly’ or we are in ‘silly season.’ They ooze dismissiveness.
See the thing is, when people say ‘no comment,’ they appear evasive. So the goal is to avoid answering a question without appearing to be avoiding answering the question. The art of politics allows for various escape hatches in those situations. By offering up the same response repeatedly, the administration resembles a cheating spouse who no longer bothers to make an effort to cover up their infidelities. Come to think of it, that may be an anatomically accurate reflection of the relationship between Obama and the MSM.
Yesterday, the President’s spokesman indicated that, ‘we are in silly season‘ in response to questions raised about the President addressing school children nationwide. Not again I thought. When the President of the United States, or his minions, say something so repeatedly people usually pay attention. Since the MSM won’t do their job, I did a quick google.
Silly’s in Season — Obama’s Overused Rhetorical Escape Hatch
- August 09 – Speculation about public option on Health Care legislation
- July 09 – Concerns over Health Care legislation
- July 09 – Delay in the issuance of the mid-session review
- July 09 – Possible rift with with Sec. Clinton
- March 09 – Difficulty with legislation in Congressional election years
- February 09 – Concerns about bipartisanship
- September 08 – Defending remarks he made about Sarah Palin
- April 08 – Defending remarks he made about small-town American voters
- February 08 – Responding to allegations of plagiarism during debate
- January 08 – Drug use as a young adult
- December 07 – Accused of unfair campaign tactics
- December 07 – Elementary school experience in Indonesia
- Fall 2006 – Crowded field of Democrats running for President
Season [n.] defined:
1. One of the four natural divisions of the year, spring, summer, fall, and winter, in the North and South Temperate zones. Each season, beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, is characterized by specific meteorological or climatic conditions.
2. A recurrent period characterized by certain occurrences, occupations, festivities, or crops: the holiday season; tomato season.
3. A suitable, natural, or convenient time: a season for merriment.
4. A period of time: gone for a season.
Clearly they are making reference to definition #2 above, but someone should ask them when are we not in silly season, given that seasons are supposed to be ‘recurrent periods?’ If we are seemingly always in the same season, then technically it can’t be a season. Maybe we are in a ‘silly period,’ like the Dark Ages?
Hey, pun intended OK, i.e. just being silly.