Jonathan Gruber Spawns Hashtags and Hilarious Videos As a little addendum to our recent look at the arrogant, but surprisingly honest (in unguarded moments) government advisor Jonathan Gruber, we would note that he has by now spawned numerous Twitter hashtags. These range from the simple #Gruber, to #GruberGate, to #Grubered.
The latter specifically has probably a very good chance of becoming a widely used figure of speech (see conclusion for a practical application).
In addition, people have become busy putting together videos, making liberal use of the fact-checking powers of the inter-tubes. What have politicians said about Mr. Gruber in the past and what are they saying about him now?
Examples of then: ‘He’s one of the best outside experts’, ‘…using super-duper computer models and helping the CBO’, ‘Most respected economist’, etc.
Examples of ‘now’: ‘Don’t know who he is. He never helped us write any bill.’ ‘Some outside advisor, he never worked on our staff.’ ‘I completely disagree with him’, ‘Errr….aaah’, etc.
Here is an especially hilarious example of these videos that we felt we had to share with our readers:
Something bothered us when seeing and hearing the president assert that Gruber ‘expressed an opinion that…err… I comletely disagree with…wrrrs…in term of, of the voters…’. A quick Google search of ‘how to spot when someone is lying’ yields several indications that he didn’t really mean it, chiefly among them ‘change of head position’, ‘difficulty of actually speaking’, ‘repetitiveness’, ‘standing very still’, ‘having an answer for everything’, ‘not making eye contact’, ‘odd micro-expressions’, ‘pointing a lot’ (note how Mr. Obama attempts to suppress this reflex but is still pointing up with his thumbs at the decisive moment).
We personally have not the slightest doubt that the president’s opinion of the US electorate is in agreement with Gruber’s even without body language voodoo (it admittedly is a somewhat dubious science, as the Pentagon found out when it spent $300,000 for an analysis of Vladimir Putin’s body language. In this case though, our gut feelings are probably accurate.
Speaking of money, we must correct a certain point we mentioned in ‘Dr. Gurber, Wie Geht’s Dir’: the good man did not get paid $400,000 for his consulting work on Obamacare. That is just what the State of Vermont is paying him for advising on its implementation. He actually got $6 million all in all. We already suspected that the figure of $400,000 was a bit too low for ‘one of the most respected economists his super-duper computer models’.
This post was published at Acting-Man on November 19, 2014.