That Was the Week That Was

Back in the mid-1960s, NBC aired a satirical program called That Was the Week That Was. It was a look back over the events of the previous week, with political lampooning as its specialty. I don’t know why I was reminded of the program, but it did provide the idea for today’s post. In a similar vein, I now present the highlights of the past week in politics.

Item #1. Shall we begin with an event that was not supposed to be political—the Academy Awards? Of course, saying Hollywood is not political is kind of farcical on the face of it, but this annual self-congratulatory exercise was intended to stress the artistic, not the political. Yet who showed up as a surprise announcer of the winner of Best Picture but Michelle Obama. What might this mean for next year’s ceremony?

Actually, given the composition of the audience at the Academy Awards, the winners may be the same ones who grab the artistic awards.

Item #2. Are you aware that Obama has an official arm of the Democratic Party called Organizing for Action, dedicated to grassroots agitation for his agenda? Its newest tactic, which was targeted this week by a liberal, former senator Russ Feingold, is to promise anyone who donates $500,000 access to Obama via a spot on a national advisory board. This is not a conservative conspiracy theory; it has even been reported by the New York Times, which can hardly be accused of being a conservative organ of the press.

Yes, this is a different kind of presidency, but not in the way he promised.

Item #3. New Secretary of State John Kerry, as related in this blog a couple of days ago, decided to go to Berlin and give Germans a lesson on the open society by praising America’s willingness to let even neo-Nazis have complete freedom of speech. Everyone has the right to be stupid in America, he claimed. How true.

Item #4. Of course the big news of the week was the onrushing Armageddon of the Sequester Monster—or so it would seem from the president’s rhetoric:

But even he had to back off somewhat when his doomsday scenario received a ton of criticism. Hard facts began to prevail:

In Obamaworld, spending cuts are not healthy for the nation. Yet what if the opposite really is true?

What a week it was.