Republican Representative Brenda Barton claims calling President Obama the "Fuhrer" has absolutely nothing to do with Hitler and that she just "used the German phrase for emphasis."
What a coincidence. Speaking of which, we'll be referring to Barton as Adolf Barton from now on. It has absolutely nothing to do with the total coincidence that Hitler's first name was Adolf, but rather the meaning of the name Adolf being "noble wolf."
"As many are aware, some recent comments of mine on Facebook have touched a sensitive nerve with many people," Adolf Barton says in a press release. "Additionally, many have simply taken my posting out of its contextual environment. Had I chosen my words differently, or had the President offered to use the power of his office to lessen or mute the public impacts of this impasse in Washington, we might not be having this discussion."
While being careful not to apologize for comparing the Leader of the Free World with a guy responsible for the murder of millions of Jews, Representative Adolf Barton tried to explain what she meant in her press release:
"Let me clarify that I never used the word or said that President Obama was 'Hitler.' That was a creative assumption of the Capitol Times reporter, who also reported that I referred to our government as a 'Constitutional Democracy.' I would never use that description because, we are in fact -- through law and history -- a Constitutional Republic."
Adolf Barton's non-apology contains even more about not saying Obama is Hitler:
What I did suggest, rather directly, was that the National Park Service enforcement personnel (referring to them as "thugs" for their reported behavior) were simply following orders of "their leader" -- and I used the German phrase for emphasis, Der Fuhrer. I am referencing the Presidents behavior as indicated by his actions. The Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary defines "Fuhrer" as "(2) a leader exercising tyrannical authority."
In this case, Barton ought to accept her new first name as Adolf, unless she wants to deny being noble.
We also expect Representative Adolf Barton to refer to any of her re-election bids as the vernichtungsschlacht, and a heavy thunderstorm will be a blitzkrieg. When she retires, she'll have a chance to pen her autobiography, Mein Kampf.
All for emphasis, of course.
Barton's rambling press release goes on and on, complaining about all kinds of things, like blaming the "Progressive Left and the media" for "depict[ing] President Bush with a funny little black mustache, or worse." (Oh, Charlie Chaplin!)
You can click here to read the whole diatribe from Adolf, but we'd recommend not wasting your time.
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UPDATE October 11: The Arizona Capitol Times took Adolf Barton to the woodshed. In the recorded phone interview, which is posted on the Cap Times' website, Barton made it clear she was comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler.
"Comparing him to Adolf Hitler is controversial?... No, I don't think that's controversial at all."
The Cap Times has the paywall down for that story.