I know, I know. I’ve been terrible with keeping on top of these weekly addresses. I haven’t posted one since August 18th! Terrible. To be fair, I’ve been pretty terrible at posting at all lately. Work has been crazy and with two small boys, home is always crazy. Oh, that’s okay, it’s not like there’s anything important going on in politics, right?
Anyway, I wanted to make sure I posted this particular presidential weekly address because it will be the last one before the election. Remember these weekly addresses are not campaign videos; they are official government business. But of course they are political, and this one will be the last weekly address that the president makes before he finds out whether he will be re-hired or not.
The president asks for all Americans to pitch in to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. He doesn’t say it, because he doesn’t have to, but the last week has clearly demonstrated the competence of the president and his administration, and illustrates to everyone that competency matters. Believing that government has a role in society matters. Putting the right people in charge of FEMA matters. Believing that it is important to stop the rise of the oceans that is a result of Global Warming matters; it shouldn’t be a joke in a convention speech.
Here’s a video made by someone who was obviously very happy about that Romney joke in his convention speech. I wonder if they all think it is so funny now?
To be clear, it is not appropriate to suggest that Global Warming was definitely the cause of Hurricane Sandy, a 1,000-mile diameter storm hitting the US East Coast in late October. It is also not appropriate to suggest that every home run that Barry Bonds hit was due to steroids. It is appropriate to point out that when even a normal storm hits our coastal cities, those cities are in significantly more danger if normal sea level is now a couple feet higher.
As readers of this blog know, I have been a big proponent of the show Up w/ Chris Hayes since its debut last year. After Romney’s speech where he delivered that hilarious joke about rising oceans, Chris Hayes was visibly upset, saying that he knows engineers who were working at that very moment to keep Manhattan from flooding due to rising sea levels and violent storms. This caused this kind of reaction from the right wing:
One of the commentators on the panel (sorry, can’t remember his name, I think he might be with HuffPo) was so incensed that he launched into an explanation of how engineers in NYC were working as he spoke on how to protect the subways from rising oceans. That part of the discussion was comedy gold.
Comedy gold. I wonder if William Jacobson, Associate Clinical Professor at
Cornell Law School, still thinks that rising oceans and flooded subways are comedy gold?
There are two likely candidates to become the next president. Neither has focused enough on global warming, but one thinks global warming is a serious issue; the other sees it is a punchline.