The Onion‘s greatest book, Our Dumb Century, is a fake retrospective of 100 years of front pages of a fake newspaper. The Onion is imagined to have historically been a far-right newspaper, and one if its attacks against President Franklin Roosevelt supposedly was, “Why does our joyless President never dance?” The joke, of course, is that only a clueless, cruel, or both campaign would use a serious physical disability as an attempt to score campaign points.
The Obama campaign proves that life imitates art — or at least that their campaign imitates satire.
First, the disability
The Corner on National Review Online
McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain’s encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He’s an avid fan – Ted Williams is his hero – but he can’t raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.
And now, the joke:
No wonder Obama has panicked.