That headline is not a lie. The greatest orator since Abraham Lincoln had a serious policy discussion with . . . wait for it . . . Jay Leno. During that serious, I mean really serious, talk, Obama explicitly stated that it was unfortunate that Americans were less likely to die in a terrorist attack than in a car accident. Really:
POTUS said the U.S. was not overreacting.
POTUS said people can still take vacation, just do so in a “prudent way” by checking on the State Department Websites for up-to-day information before making plans.
“The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately.” (Emphasis added.)
You and I both know that President Silvertongue was trying to say something along the lines of this: “The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident. While we’d like to see both types of statistics drop, it’s useful to put terrorism’s risk into perspective.”
But that’s not what Obama said. What he said is that it’s unfortunate that the average American faces a lower risk of dying at a terrorist’s hands than he does of dying in a car accident.
What’s really funny about all this is that Obama’s disastrous foreign policies are such that it’s entirely possible that he’ll ensure that, without the number of fatal car accidents decreasing, Americans really will end up dying in ever greater numbers at terrorist hands. Perhaps President Malaprop speaks the truth after all.