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Borowitz writes: "In a televised event that many deemed unnecessarily cruel, millions of Americans were briefly reminded on Monday that they once had a President."

Barack Obama. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Barack Obama. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Nation Cruelly Reminded That It Once Had a President

By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

13 February 18


The article below is satire. Andy Borowitz is an American comedian and New York Times-bestselling author who satirizes the news for his column, "The Borowitz Report."

n a televised event that many deemed unnecessarily cruel, millions of Americans were briefly reminded on Monday that they once had a President.

Unsuspecting Americans who turned on cable news Monday morning were suddenly assaulted with the memory of a time when the country’s domestic affairs, international diplomacy, and nuclear codes were entrusted to an adult.

CNN, one of the networks that televised the event, immediately said that it regretted doing so, and acknowledged that reminding Americans that they recently had a President had caused widespread bereavement and distress. “CNN deeply apologizes for the error,” a network statement read. “It will never happen again.”

Compounding the cruelty of the televised event, the networks lingered unnecessarily on a speech that only served to remind viewers that the nation once had a President who rigorously obeyed rules of grammar and diction.

Finally, the reminder that the country recently had a chief executive who loved and respected his wife was deemed “too much” by many viewers, who felt compelled to change the channel.

“It was horrible,” Carol Foyler, a viewer who was traumatized by the broadcast, said. “It’s like when you stumble on a photo of an ex on Facebook and they unfortunately look amazing.” your social media marketing partner


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+48 # Wise woman 2018-02-13 20:12
Despite his faults, Obama was the ADULT in the White House and not the elephant. He always impressed me when he spoke. Whether or not I agreed with him, he was and is eloquent and dignified. The orange glob squating there now is one horror story after the other. It was a tremendous shock going from Obama to this hoodlum.
+40 # BetaTheta 2018-02-13 23:32
All that seems like 30 years ago. Assuming we return to sanity, the historians will have a field day with all the stuff that eventually comes out on Trump and those around him, and on the sad effects of their reign. We have to assure it ends badly for him, just to provide a cautionary tale for future generations. Perhaps we could build a "never again" memorial somewhere on the National Mall.
+20 # ddd-rrr 2018-02-14 10:37
I needed a good laugh about all of this, so "THANKS", Andy, for this!

And, #BetaTheta's suggestion reminded me of a wonderful cartoon
image I once saw showing people peering into a deep, black hole
in the ground, labeled "Nixon Memorial" -- and perhaps such as
that would be appropriate for memorializing the "orange slob".

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