Obamateurism of the Day

Memorial Day exists so that Americans can pay their respects to the fallen men and women who sacrificed their lives to keep our nation free. Most of the day is usually spent casually relaxing with family and friends, but it’s generally not a good idea to go casual to Memorial Day events … especially if you’re the most prominent person attending and/or participating in the program. That means the President of the United States should find a better time to chew gum than during in invocation, as Andrew Malcolm notes:

Thomas Lifson speculates (without excusing the faux pas) that Obama may have been chewing Nicorette, which assists people in ending their cigarette addiction. But as Andrew told me on Tuesday’s TEMS appearance, a President wouldn’t have lit up a cigarette at that moment, either. There’s a time and a place for adults to chew gum — contra Lifson, plenty of adults do chew gum — but that time and place isn’t at a Memorial Day commemorative service, especially not during the prayer.

Besides, we all learned in kindergarten that the biggest sin that comes from chewing gum or eating candy at an event is not to have enough for everyone else. Harvey Kormann explains it in this classic Blazing Saddles routine:

Don’t forget that Obama has done this before, too.

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