By BJ Bjornson
Once again, The Onion wins the intertubz by putting into Obama�s mouth the words Ron has spoken here a few times.
Arguing he'd have to be certifiably insane or some kind of sadistic freak to extend his presidency, Obama asked why anyone with half a brain would willingly open himself up to constant vilification by media strategists, or place himself in a situation that involves so much work for such little reward. He also asked the audience how "messed up and sick" he'd have to be to devote nearly a decade of his life to an unending cycle of political gamesmanship that stifles progress at every turn.
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"I have a pen and some paper right here," Obama said Wednesday morning at a town hall meeting in Ohio. "Let's list the pros and cons of being president. Con: There are people out there who literally want to shoot you dead. Con: We live in a country seriously considering a Newt Gingrich White House. Con: You can help 40 million Americans receive health care, sign legislation that regulates a financial system run amok, give the order to kill Osama bin Laden, help topple Muammar Qaddafi's tyrannical regime without losing the life of one American soldier, end the war in Iraq, repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, stave off a second Great Depression, take out more than 30 top al- Qaeda leaders, and somehow everyone still calls you the next Jimmy Carter."
"Can anyone out there name a pro?" continued Obama, gesturing at the silent crowd with his pen. "That's okay. I asked a bunch of people in Pittsburgh the same exact question yesterday, and they couldn't, either."
As with all good satire, there is more than a bit of truth here. It is really hard for me to figure out why anyone would want Obama�s job. It was bad enough four years ago when he knew he�d be inheriting a mess of ridiculous proportions, but after three years of facing not only lock-step obstructionism from the Republicans, but also a withering assault from his own side�s interest groups for not acting swiftly or correctly enough on their issues, and the always fun to watch backstabbing and undermining from the Blue Dog Congressional caucus, I honestly can�t think of any reason why Obama might not want to just tell everyone to take a flying leap and suffer under whoever they think can replace him.