The Mandela funeral fiasco inspired Mark Steyn to new heights

Obama hamming it up at Mandela memorial

Everyone’s been having fun with the Mandela funeral fiasco, whether they’ve been talking about selfies or sign language.  It was an event made for Mark Steyn’s writing:

[H]ow heartening, as one watches the viral video of Obama droning on while a mere foot and a half away Mr. Jantjie rubs his belly and tickles his ear, to think that the White House’s usual money-no-object security operation went to the trouble of flying in Air Force One, plus the “decoy” Air Force One, plus support aircraft, plus the 120-vehicle motorcade or whatever it’s up to by now, plus a bazillion Secret Service agents with reflector shades and telephone wire dangling from their ears, to shepherd POTUS into the secured venue and then stand him onstage next to an $85-a-day violent schizophrenic. In the movie version—In the Sign of Fire—grizzled maverick Clint Eastwood will be the only guy to figure it out at the last minute and hurl himself at John Malkovich, as they roll into the orchestra pit with Malkovich furiously signing “Ow!” and “Eek!” But in real life I expect they’ll just double the motorcade to 240 vehicles and order up even more expensive reflector shades.


Speaking of enjoying themselves, back in the VIP seats President Obama, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and British prime minister David Cameron carried on like Harry, Hermione, and Ron snogging in the back row during the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup presentation. As the three leaders demonstrated their hands-on approach, Michelle Obama glowered straight ahead, as stony and merciless as the 15-foot statue of apartheid architect Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd that once stood guard outside the government offices of the Orange Free State. Eventually, weary of the trilateral smooching, the first lady switched seats and inserted herself between Barack and the vivacious Helle. How poignant that, on a day to celebrate the post-racial South Africa, the handsome young black man should have to be forcibly segregated from the cool Aryan blonde. For all the progress, as Obama himself pointed out, “our work is not yet done.”

Give yourself a Saturday treat and be sure to read the whole thing.

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  1. Matt_SE says

    Another great (but more serious) piece at NRO by Andrew McCarthy:
    PC blinders have obscured what’s actually going on in South Africa. That country is spiraling downwards under Communism and (pro-black/anti-white) racism. In a few generations, inhabitants will look back wistfully on the Apartheid era and its comparative civility.

  2. Caped Crusader says

    Seeing the word “bazillion” reminded me of a joke. The “smartest man in the world” was informed that four Brazilians had died in Afghanistan. He replied, “Just how many is in a Brazilian?”

  3. Mike Devx says

    At first, I too wondered, given the millions that our government spends on security for the President, and hundreds of agents and police protectors, and the painstaking security plans supposedly executed flawlessly…how is possible for a dangerous paranoid schizophrenic to be allowed to stand next to him on the stage?  
    Given our incredibly high standards, how could this have happened?
    Then I thought, well, look at who we elected president.

  4. says

    Mike, they, the Ruling Class, thinks they are immune. But as they buy the loyalties of the military and the SS with Leftist corruption, they may be able to buy household troops… but they cannot buy elite skills or death defying faith. That, they cannot buy. They aren’t even allowed to buy it.
    They think they are immune from being touched. With these people guarding them.

  5. Libby says

    Steyn can always make the worst news funny.Thank God we have people like him to help us remain sane in such strange times.
    I think it comes down to arrogance and disrespect for the presidency. It started with Obama and his Chicago inner circle, and it has now filtered down throughout his administration and other federal agencies. Why should the Secret Service be stringent about security protocol when their boss allows Jay Z & Beyonce to hangout in the Situation room (and post selfies of it), allows Tony Hawk to skateboard through the White House, invites the Biggest Loser show in to film Michelle and others workout in a formal White House room, and regularly meets with foreigners (sometimes at the White House) who were previously barred from entry into the country and/or on terrorist watch lists? They’re only taking their job as seriously as their boss does, and no doubt this is why we’ve seen agents getting into trouble with prostitutes, etc.
    One image that sprang to mind in all this was the time Bush was in Chile and was separated from his Secret Service agent (held back by local security guards). Ever alert, Bush promptly reached through the crowd and pulled his agent back next to him. Can’t imaging Obama ever doing that, eh?

  6. says

    When people, especially black Democrats, talk to me about politics, they aren’t able to figure out my real position. Because I laugh it up at everything, including whites like Ted Kennedy not getting any penalties while a black man in same situation would get the head cut.
    I laugh at a lot of things and that’s been true for quite awhile. I find the nature of these brain dead zombies and their brainwashed antics amusing. They aren’t allowed to know my true thoughts. It would be dangerous if I spoke them out loud where people might hear and record them.

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