President Turtle

An online comment from one Ariel St. Germaine, in response to an article in today's Wall Street Journal:

"Obama is a turtle on a fence post. You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb fool put him up there."

I had a feeling this was a line I'd heard before, so looked it up on Wikipedia. Sure enough, it's been used many times before by and about politicians. The original joke, provenance unknown, goes like this:

An old rancher is talking about politics with a young man from the city. He compares a politician to a "post turtle". The young man doesn't understand and asks him what a post turtle is.

The old man says, "When you're driving down a country road and you see a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle. You know he didn't get up there by himself. He doesn't belong there; he can't get anything done while he's up there; and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down."

I guess Democrats must have been as tickled to hear this expression applied to Bush as I was to hear it about Obama.