So this president sinks into a bathtub of cereal… Don’t wait for the punchline, there isn’t one.
The President of the United States of America diminished the status of his office when he invited Youtube celebrity, GloZell to interview him. Her video “GloZell’s Cereal Challenge” has her flailing in a bathtub of milk and Fruit Loops slurping and eating from a pool of her own filth.
At this writing the video has over 9.7 million views. It is very popular. It is also mindless and foul.
Criticism from commentators and social media users ensued. Actor Rob Lowe tweeted, “Hold up. Is it true that a woman who eats cereal out of a bathtub gets to meet with the President and the Prime Minister of Isreal does not?” (Lowe’s typo of Israel).
One of GloZell’s responses to Lowe was, “All I see is Rob Lowe knows who I am.” Another one included the hashtag SexyRobLoweIsTalkingAboutMeYea. Actually Glozell, it’s not about you. You are simply another one of the president’s foolish choices.
GloZell’s belief that it’s about her is indicative of the increasing self-centered plague on our culture. With the pervasiveness of social media sites the human desire to be noticed is quickly satisfied. A reply to a tweet, a like on Facebook, a comment on your ridiculous Youtube video leaves you craving more. So you post again. This time, no response. You inject more jokes, more venom, more vulgarity. Surely someone will notice now. Social media has improved society in many ways, but injured it in others. We now have a constant platform for anyone to say anything at anytime. It need not contain intelligence, wit or logic, and it need not offer any value.
This bitter-sweet tool is a result of the most wonderful system in the world – free market capitalism fueled by individual liberty – a system that provides opportunity for all to pursue success and wealth.
However, it also allows for people to produce dreck. Sometimes dreck is popular. But popular does not mean that it’s worthy of celebration or reward.
Is this the message the president wants to send to the already delusional GloZell fans?
She is being rewarded not for ingenuity. Not for intelligence, skill or valuable contribution to society. Not even for hard work. She did not toil for months on a script. She did not prepare a budget and schedule, secure funding and a crew. There were no 15-hour days shooting, no into the wee hours of morning editing. She set up a camera, rambled incoherently, sank into tub of cereal and made silly faces. Most stupid videos do not gain millions of views, nor do they make money. GloZell is a fluke.
That is the message that should be sent.
Consider the slew of other “challenge” videos the fluke has made: hot pepper challenge, cinnamon challenge, baby food challenge. These are not real challenges that build character and perseverance. They are akin to the dares of children. “I dare you to drink out of the gutter, make a fart noise in class, eat a worm.” If an adult were to accept one of those “challenges” would we think them brave or hold them in high esteem? Of course not. An adult who eats a worm, or cereal out of a bathtub, would be thought foolish. By meeting with GloZell, President Obama has elevated childish, foolish acts.
Because he places cool above conduct. Because he’s arrogant and defiant. He disregards the voices of the American people, and ignores reality. He was walloped in the midterm elections, the Middle East is an exploding cauldron, Americans have been beheaded, and Iran continues to gain more influence as Yemen falls and Syria and Iraq continue to burn. A real interview by, say, his hated Fox News, would bring piercing questions about his policies and misrepresentations. His recent interview allowed him to get away with, “There’s a lot of bad stuff going on.” Now eat your Teddy Graham snacks then it’s nap time.
Meeting with GloZell is ridiculous, but not meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is disgraceful. A nuclear Iran has dire consequences for the entire world, and Israel faces the most immediate and omnipresent threat. They are our best friend in a region of enemies, it therefore makes sense to confer with them about a game plan to stop the deadly potential. But Obama would rather ignore the “bad stuff.”
His silly interview is not surprising. After all, this is the man who went to a fundraiser in Las Vegas the day after four Americans were murdered in a terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi. He teed off for 18 rounds of golf immediately following a press conference about the beheading of journalist James Foley. He traded terrorists for likely Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, and announced it with the pomp of a Rose Garden ceremony. Yet when Marine Sgt. Andrew Tamoressi suffered in a Mexican prison for six months after making a wrong turn into Mexico, our President never picked up the phone, never even publicly addressed it. He has extended negotiations with despotic Iran, while American Pastor Saeed sits in an Iranian prison, tortured for simply being a Christian. Our president has not demanded his release (Although now he says he will – we’ll see).
We’ve known for a very long time that Obama is a man with very skewed priorities. So why is Rob Lowe tweeting about it? Why are commentators writing articles? Because, although not surprised, we still ache for a leader who puts priorities in perspective, encourages and rewards valuable endeavors, and doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator.
Lowe’s tweet, this article and other commentaries are the cries of a people sadly watching the leader of the greatest country on earth place popularity above principles. They are the moans of those who yearn for a leader to support our allies and stand up to our enemies. They are the pleas of the thinking masses begging for a 180 degree turn from our current cultural, economic, and foreign policy decline.
We are a nation, under competent leadership, that fought and defeated fascism and communism, and we long for another that recognizes there are bigger, more pressing, vital challenges than eating Fruit Loops out of a bathtub.