Wednesday, November 4, 2015

President Obama aims Riddikulus spell at the boggarts (aka GOP presidential candidates)

Boggart. "Verb. The action of not sharing something meant to be shared, or over-using or consuming something that belongs to someone else. To hog something that doesn't belong to you or to take more than your share. ... the term refers to a household fairy of English folklore, a boggart, that would cause items to disappear." (

Disappear? Like the middle class? Take more than their share? Like corporate CEOs?

Riddikulus. Synonymous with the common English word "ridiculous." Meaning absurd, preposterous, laughable. In the Harry Potter series, "Riddikulus is the spell used to transform a boggart into something less fear-inducing." (

Steve Benen summarizes the President's jabs at the Republican boggarts.

At the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, President Obama joked, "After the midterm elections, my advisors asked me, ‘Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?’ And I said, ‘Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.’"

Obama brought this same kind of carefree attitude to a Democratic fundraiser in Manhattan last night, where the president seemed only too pleased to openly mock the Republican Party’s presidential field.

"Have you noticed that every one of these candidates says, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out’?" Mr. Obama asked a crowd of Democratic donors in New York, referring to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

"And then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at a debate," he added to huge applause from his partisan audience. "I mean, let me tell you," he added with gleeful scorn, "if you can’t handle those guys, you know, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you."

Read more barbs from Obama in Benen's post at MSNBC/Rachel Maddow.

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