President Obama recounts an anecdote about the 2004 Democratic National Convention at White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' final press briefing:
"The most challenging problem was what tie to wear. And this went up to the very last minute. I mean, 10 minutes before we were about to go on stage we were still having an argument about ties. I had bought five, six ties. And Michelle didn't like any of them, Axelrod didn't like a couple of them -- him being one of the best dressed men in the world. So we really valued his opinion.
"And then somebody -- I don't remember who it was -- turned and said, 'You know what? What about Gibbs' tie? What about Gibbs' tie? That might look good.' And, frankly, Robert didn't want to give it up because he thought he looked really good in the tie. But eventually he was willing to take one for the gipper, and so he took off his tie, and I put it on. And that's the tie that I wore at the national convention."
Time out, Barry. Politically speaking, there is and will always be just one Gipper: Ronald Reagan. You are not the Gipper. You pale in his shadow on your best day. Barry, we've discussed your attempts to channel President Reagan (and other real men) in the past. We've discussed it here and we've discussed it here. You'll never be President Reagan or those other men, Barry. They were patriots before they were partisan. They knew what it was like to labor and sweat and sacrifice. They stood up to our enemies and critics because they had spines. They had pride in this country. They even had birth certificates.
You need to stop comparing yourself to your betters, Barry. You ran as "a different kind of President" and in so doing, you made your own bed. So lie in it and savor your high unfavorable ratings and just let the rest of us remember a time when America was led by real men.
And for those who need a comparison, I offer the following.
Who would you rather have addressing the world and dealing with those who would do us harm?