Much of America has gone soccer crazy over the last week as millions have watched the USA National Team advance from the "Group of Death" to the knockout round in the World Cup. However, not everyone has been on board with the excitement. As documented by Talking Points Memo yesterday, some commentators at Fox News view the World Cup with suspicion. Last night Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central mocked Dr. Keith Ablow of Fox News, who has suggested that the World Cup is some kind of conspiracy to distract the nation from President Obama's troubles.
Ablow went of Fox Business News on Thursday to question how "convenient" it is for the Obama administration that the World Cup has caught on while Iraq is in turmoil and troubling economic reports are released.
Ablow goes on to suggest that the World Cup is a "little too convenient" when the country has a President that "has it in for Americans." Ablow then delves into the minds of millions of Americans who have voted for President Obama in the last two elections, suggesting that Americans purposefully elected a candidate who was "not very patriotic" so that terrorists would not attack us in the future.
Colbert, using his classic satire in the video found here, latches on to the conspiracy theory. Colbert points out the "coincidence" of presidential elections and World Cup contests occurring every four years.
Of course, President Obama has absolutely over when the World Cup is scheduled and the President would need a time machine to properly sync the World Cup, which is scheduled many years in advance, with the troubles in Iraq and at home. But none of that seems to matter to host Stuart Varney and Ablow.
For many of the 25 million Americans who watched the World Cup matches the games are just another opportunity to cheer for the nation and share some moments of excitement (John Brooks' goal) and devastation (Ronaldo's amazing cross kick) with other friends, family, or strangers. But for Fox News commentators there is something more sinister at work, and Obama, of course, is to blame.