Making the Rounds
Video: Obama Would - and Does - Hurt a Fly
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Things that are not news: Human beings don't like annoying buzzing insects.
Everyone knows this. And perhaps it is this universal quality -- the human antipathy to noisome insects -- that has made the above video of President Obama swatting and killing a fly that has landed on his hand catch on online. Good for a chuckle, a momentary flash of identification -- who hasn't tried to hit a fly with their hand, after all? -- and the satisfaction (and revulsion) of seeing someone successfully win a small round in the long war of our species against the class insecta.
Or perhaps it is the too literal reminder of the idiom for gentleness, would not hurt a fly, which a Democratic president has explicitly and coolly swatted back.
Or the contest between this most powerful man and a mundane summer torment.
For whatever reason, we want to watch. And so we do.
Posted at 12:25 PM ET on Jun 17, 2009
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