Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX) just did one of my favorite things ever. He unfavorably compared Obama to Hitler and then had to apologize for it. But what happened IN that apology just tickled me pink:
“I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet. It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.
I’m imagining the scene in Weber’s office.
Aide: “Sir, we’ve been getting a lot of calls about your recent comparison between the President and Hitler.”
Weber: “Yeah, well Obummer’s a real piece of sh–“
“No, I meant people are upset with YOU. You can’t… you can’t just compare people to Hitler all the time!”
“What? Why not?”
“At the risk of being insubordinate, could you um… could you google ‘Hitler’?”
“Sure.” [ticketta-tacketta] [Skims wikipedia, jerks head up.] “HOLY SHIT!! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this Hitler guy?? He’s AWFUL!”
“We fought a war with him, sir.”
“WHAT?? WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN? WHY WASN’T CONGRESS INFORMED??”
“Um… it was. There was a formal declaration of war. In 1941. World War 2?”
“IN 1941??” Weber drops his head, bangs it on the desk. “Did we… did we win?”
“Whew! Well, THAT’S good news. Jeez, I can’t imagine how I missed this ‘World War 2’ thing. That Hitler guy was REALLY bad.” [Long, pregnant pause] “I think I owe America an apology.”
“I’ll draft one immediately sir.”
“Thanks. MAKE SURE IT POINTS OUT I HAD NO IDEA WHY HITLER REFERENCES ARE OFFENSIVE.”
Of course, maybe I should be a little symnpathetic. Weber is a graduate of Texas schools, and probably believes Jesus rode around on a dinosaur.