"I thought it was just my jacket. Oops," explained the President.
BSERVERS OF THE controversial debt-ceiling talks in Washington D.C. are saying that President Obama's inexplicable willingness to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits is now completely understandable, ever since the president inadvertently pulled off part of his Democratic disguise yesterday while attempting to remove only his suit jacket.
Caught in front of reporters removing the Democratic outerwear, Mr. Obama muttered sheepishly, "I thought it was just my jacket. Oops," before hastily covering himself with part of his left-leaning camouflage.
Some Obama watchers have long suspected something was amiss, citing as just one example the President's willingness to cut Social Security for average Americans, who suffered great hardships after the financial collapse, while lunching with Wall Street bankers who caused the financial crisis in the first place.
Said one White House reporter, "He sure acts like a Republican, even though he ran as a Democrat. He bends over backwards to compromise with Republicans in Congress, while castigating members of what is supposed to be his own party. This all makes perfect sense now."
Congressional Republicans, for their part, have done a complete about face and now unanimously approve of President Obama's performance in the debt-ceiling discussions.
"We couldn't be more supportive of the President during these difficult negotiations," said House Speaker John Boehner. "Imagine how hot it's been for him all these months in that sweltering Democrat clothing. It kind of makes me want to cry," Boehner added, dabbing his eyes with a handkerchief.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell concurred. "We're going to wrap up these talks in no time," he said. "The President has Republicans' unwavering support for reducing all that wasteful government spending on Social Security and Medicare. I think it's safe to say that he speaks our language, and it ain't Liberalese."
President Obama would not directly answer reporters' questions about his Democratic disguise, instead deflecting the topic by announcing that "invitations are in the mail" to Congressional Democrats to join him at the White House for what he called "a very special luncheon" featuring rock soup and complimentary Reagan bobblehead door prizes "on their way out."
© 7.25.11 Kate Heidel