On Thursday, President Obama will welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to the White House to honor the team for its recent Super Bowl victory. But, just like in 2006 when the Steelers had a post-title meeting with George W. Bush, defensive MVP (and Super Bowl hero) James Harrison won’t be in attendance.
His stated reason is that the president isn’t a real Steelers fan, so why should he bother? Good for him! This Imperial Presidency thing is something that should stick in the craw of every freedom-loving person. The vulgar displays of presidential power — the helicopters, the entourage, the Wegyu steaks, the $400 sneakers, flying private pizza chefs in from St. Louis… are nauseating.
The left treats Chairman Zero like some sort of Pharoahic god-king. That’s just un-American. We would be a lot better off if we treated the president — regardless of party — as not a big deal. The only really useful attitude to have toward politicians is one of unyielding contempt.
Update: It’s not just Chairman Zero. Count Bush had the same stupid imperiousness:
In every cabinet meeting since White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten took over for Andy Card in 2006, Bolten has begun by looking at Bush and saying, “Thank you for the privilege of serving today.” At no point, it seems, did Bush thank Bolten for his deference and then tell him to cut it out.
This is why I always liked Sarah Palin. She lacks the pomposity of basically the entire rest of the political class.