Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Response: This is a p-a-r-o-d-y

Response: This is a p-a-r-o-d-y

Marilyn Langford

Unfair and Unbalanced

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:05 PM CST
It’s Christmas time and for me, that means an evening spent watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Seems I’ve watched this movie all my life.  Hey, wait a minute!  I have watched it all my life because it’s a movie made 68 years ago (1946).  You remember it, right?  It stars Jimmy Stewart who plays a gentle, kind-hearted fella named George Bailey who spent his life helping the people of his town while sacrificing his own dreams.  But, the greediest in town did not appreciate George looking out for those in need and set out to ruin poor George.

GEORGE BAILEY became deeply troubled and wished he’d never been born. Many prayed for George and when the prayers went up to heaven, an angel-in-training trying to earn his wings was sent to save him. Just as George was about to jump off a bridge, the angel showed George what the lives of people in town would be like if George had never been born. The angel showed George that he was loved and appreciated for all the good that he had done. George did not jump, and returned home to an outpouring of love and support from the townspeople. A bell tinkled signaling that the angel got his wings.

SINCE THIS is such an old movie, perhaps it should be updated. What would our country be like if President Barack Obama was never born?

Fade to Black & White

A VERY gray haired President Obama is standing on the George Washington Bridge on Christmas Eve. He is suffering from despair to the point he is suicidal. He said he wished he’d never been born. Suddenly his guardian angel appears; an angel trying to earn his wings. He bears a strong resemblance to Robin Williams.

PRESIDENT OBAMA explains to the angel that he had great hope for this country and he tried his best. No matter how hard he tried, he could not deliver on the promises he made to the American people. “I was young and naive and thought if I were President, I could actually change things in this country for the better.” The angel replied, “Take a walk with me Barack.”

THE FIRST glimpse into what it would have been like if Obama had never been born was a stop on Wall Street. It was dilapidated, abandoned buildings. The angel pointed out that at the end of President Bush’s Presidency our country was losing jobs at 800,000 jobs a month and the bleeding was not stopped. The Congress failed to pass a rescue plan. This led to a stock market crash. “You see, Barack, there was never an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Obama looked around at the streets puzzled and asked, “Why is everyone driving a Hyundai or riding a bike?” “You see, Barack, there was never a bailout of the American auto industry. Then the price of gasoline rose so high, people had to abandon their cars.”

THE NEXT stop was to gaze into a window at a family having Christmas dinner. The large family looked sad and teary-eyed. The angel explained that the father had Type I diabetes and he was very sick. He could not afford insulin and the supplies necessary to control this disease. He could not get insurance because his diabetes was considered a pre-existing condition.  “Obama said, “But what about the Affordable Care Act?” The angel replied, “There was no Obama Care because you were never born.”

AS THEY walked by a school, Obama asked the angel, “Why are all these children obese and sitting down, instead of running and playing?” The angel looked sad and said, “That’s because you were never born and Michelle Obama was never First Lady to create the Let’s Move program which addressed childhood obesity and fitness.

PRESIDENT OBAMA climbed down off the bridge. He said to the angel, “Thank you for showing me that my life has made a difference to millions of people in our country.  I’m sure now I will be treated with respect and admiration. The angel looked at Obama like he had four eyes and said, “Nope!  They still hate you!”

A LITTLE bell tinkled and that meant the angel got his wings.

Note: To the gentleman who said last week that my truthful column on Benghazi was a parody, I say, “No! This column is a parody.” (Or is it?)

Marilyn Langford of High Falls writes a regular op-ed column in the Reporter sharing the liberal perspective on events.

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