ME: What the fuck is up with your mosque statements?
BO: I firmly believe in the right of all citizens to practice religion, but I worry about the wisdom of this project.
ME: Are you fucking kidding me?
BO: Are you swearing at the President of the United States?
ME: Are you pandering to a nebulous group of people who aren’t going to vote for you anyway? Are you shying away from a “teachable moment?” Are you blowing this non-issue spectacularly?
BO: Well, Bryan, you said it. It’s a non-issue. I have bigger things to worry about.
ME: So you can afford to punt on this one?
BO: I’m not punting. I said what I believed.
ME: If you said what you believed, I’m the starting quarterback for the Patriots.
BO: Something happened to Tom Brady? (he’s angry and calm in that way of his)
ME: You do realize the mosque isn’t a mosque, isn’t at Ground Zero, and that there’s another mosque already in existence down the block?
BO: I’m aware.
ME: So why is this community center unwise?
BO: I didn’t say it was unwise. I say I questioned the wisdom of the decision.
ME: You realize people can’t stand that, right? I mean, it was fine right after Bush—it was like having C-Span after you’d been watching TV fuzz for eight years. The worst part is that everyone knows you don’t believe what you’re saying, and you’re botching even how you say it.
BO: I have a difficult job.
ME: I’ll say. And you went through hell to get it. But you knew exactly what you were getting into. All those comparisons to Herbert Hoover people leveled at you starting, oh, on January 21st, 2009? You are making those people look like Nastradamus.
BO: You mean Nostradamus.
ME: I most certainly do not.
BO: Do you know what LBJ said about Herbert Hoover?
ME: Enlighten me.
BO: He said, “I thought Hoover was a victim of sadistic people and economic conditions over which he had no control. He was unusually equipped to be President.” I’ll be Herbert Hoover.
BO: Were you saying that because you were impressed, or because of the pun it made with “Hoover?”
ME: (shamed) The second one.
BO: I thought so.
(He walks away, disgusted.)