To quote tennis player John McEnroe, "You cannot be serious!"
Newsweek is exploring the possibility of a baby boom being sparked by the "euphoria of Obama fans."
Jessica Bennett of Newsweek comes firing out of the gates with the somewhat disturbing headline, "Change You Can Conceive In." She quickly follows that up in the sub-headline, posing this question: Could euphoric Obama fans be sparking a baby boom?
Creepiness factor aside, does this really constitute serious journalism?
The opening for some reason feels it important enough to find out if Barack Obama himself, was conceived on the day that John F. Kennedy was elected.
It continues after the break:
The theory is almost too perfect to be true. Barack Obama, the son of politically progressive parents, was born Aug. 4, 1961-almost nine months to the day after John F. Kennedy was elected to the White House. Is it possible Obama was conceived on that historic night?
I shudder to think why the question entered her head, but I digress.
She goes on:
...could history repeat itself? In the hours and days since Obama's victory, many of his exhilarated supporters have been, shall we say, in the mood for love. And though it's too soon to know for sure, experts aren't ruling out the possibility of an Obama baby boom-the kind of blip in the national birth rate that often follows a seismic event...
The exploration of an Obama baby boom by a magazine of supposedly higher journalistic integrity than most is surreal. One has to wonder if they are reading truly newsworthy writing, or if they've accidentally stumbled onto the pages of The Onion.
Evidence abounds, says Bennett, who offers this little piece as proof.
"On election night, my husband had managed to down a bottle and a half of wine in celebration and he was all about making an 'Obama election baby'," Abbi Whitaker, 32, of Reno, Nev., told NEWSWEEK. "He thought it would be the coolest thing."
You know, I had considered suggesting the same thing to my wife had McCain won, a McCain election baby, but I decided I valued the relative safety of my face instead. Citing a line that thousands of men likely used on election night, does not constitute evidence of a boom.
In Oakland, jewelry designer Meghan Connolly Haupt, who, with her husband, has been trying for a baby for about eight months, says she "was optimistic when I realized election night coincided with my ovulation time."
Less an intriguing argument than a case of too much information.
And then there was the proof which also had a gay marriage slant to it, which Bennett simply couldn't resist.
And in Chicago, where 28-year-old Chip Bouchard-a former Hillary supporter-attended Obama's acceptance speech, he says he looked over at his boyfriend, Chris, and thought: "This [is] the president under whom I [want to] get married and adopt a baby."
How gay marriage and an adoption demonstrates proof of a baby boom has gone beyond my simple mind. Wouldn't the couple who gave up the baby for adoption have to be Obama supporters?
Anyway, the absurdity of the piece continues. I encourage you to read the following line only if you wish to eliminate your breakfast from your stomach.
During one round of election-fueled romance, says Eric Davis, 37, of Minneapolis, "my wife accidentally said, 'Oh, Obama!'
Good grief. Good luck with that.
It's easy to play ‘imagine' in a world abounding with liberal media bias, because the other side is only relegated to their imagination. Therefore, imagine had a Republican or Conservative of any ilk suggested a baby boom because of the Obama election. Imagine that someone particularly edgy such as an Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin suggested such a scenario. They quickly would have been called out as racists.
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