Word to Fantasia. This don’t make no sense! If you read The New Yorker, you might believe there are actually some elected officials who believe President Obama should step down from office because Beyoncé’s inaugural performance cast a “dark cloud” over his presidency.
Talk about reaching!!!
Via New Yorker reports:
A rising chorus of congressional Republicans are calling on President Obama to acknowledge that the pop singer Beyoncé lip-synched during his inaugural festivities on Monday and resign from office, effective immediately.
“By lip-synching the national anthem, Beyoncé has cast a dark cloud over the President’s second term,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). “The only way President Obama can remove that cloud is by resigning from office at once.”
While many in the media have blamed Beyoncé for the lip-synching controversy, Mr. Paul said, “We must remember that this happened on President Obama’s watch.”
Mr. Paul said that the White House’s refusal to comment on the Beyoncé crisis “only serves the argument that this President has something to hide.”
“If Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem, how do we know President Obama didn’t lip-sync his oath of office?” he said. “If that’s the case, he’s not legally President. But just to be on the safe side, he should resign anyway.”
Mr. Paul also blasted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her testimony on Benghazi before the Senate today: “Her tactic of answering each and every question we asked her didn’t fool anyone.”
We were extremely concerned about the residents of Kentucky until learning this story was a satirical one. Fortunately the snafu was cleared up in the IBTimes:
In a joke that seems to have gone over the heads of outraged Twitter users, Andy Borowitz of the New Yorker wrote in a satirical article on Wednesday that Obama had been asked to resign by leading GOP members including Sen. Rand Paul, because of reports saying that Beyoncé lip-synced during the presidential inauguration.
Borowitz, who is known for his snarky, Onion-esque column “The Borowitz Report,” provoked a wave of anger and disbelief across Twitter on Thursday when readers mistook his humorous article for truth.
Borowitz has a longer roster of similar pieces he has written for The New Yorker, including, “Congress Collapses From Exhaustion After Doing Job,” “TIME Names Mitt Romney Man Of The Year 1912,” and “Al Qaeda Disbands; Says Job Of Destroying U.S. Economy Now In Congress’s Hands.”
But hundreds of Twitter users evidently didn’t catch onto the intended parody, responding with remarks fervently defending Obama and chastising the Republican party for its pettiness.
SMH. Okay we can calm down now. It’s just a joke. Wonder if Rand Paul finds it funny though?
On another note — do you think it’s funny?