4
| News |

Senator Dave Schultheis says he wasn't comparing Obama to a 9/11 hijacker (cue raucous laughter)

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Yesterday, we told you about a tweet sent out by Shmuck of the Week emeritus Senator Dave Schultheis, in which he essentially compared President Barack Obama to a 9/11 hijacker:

@Sen_Schultheis: Don't for a second think Obama wants what is best for U.S. He is flying the US Plane right into the ground at full speed. Let's Roll

In this morning's Denver Post, Schultheis swears he didn't mean to equate Obama to Arab terrorists who killed thousands, even though the "Let's roll" phrase was famously used by brave passengers who brought down United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. His claim essentially adds up to: Oops! Here's the key passage:

[Schultheis] said he was angry about the president's fiscal policies but didn't mean to compare him to the hijackers. The senator's reputation for strong speech gave readers the wrong idea, he said.

" 'Let's roll.' It's a comment people use all the time any more. 'Let's get going. Let's move on. Let's make major changes,' " Schultheis said. "I can see it now. But you're busy doing jillions of things during the day. You sometimes don't analyze every single word."

That last part rings true, at least -- although it doesn't go nearly far enough. Based on past evidence, Schultheis doesn't analyze any word before it comes out of his mouth. Instead, he simply spews the most ignorant, noxious brand of doctrinaire nonsense imaginable -- the sort of stuff that makes even most conservatives cringe.

But please don't stop doing it, Dave. You may be retiring, but the world could still use regular reminders about where not to go in political speechmaking. And you're just the guy to draw that map.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.