Late yesterday evening, according to Politico, the White House released an official statement on the plight of the six-year-old boy who captured the attention of America a few hours earlier when he was thought to have been trapped in a home-made balloon device floating 15,000 feet above Denver, only to be found later safe and sound in his parents’ garage.
“Everybody’s happy the boy is safe,” said White House spokesman Bill Burton.
Admittedly, it was difficult to avoid news of the boy and the balloon. The flying device was shaped like a flying saucer and had been constructed by the boy’s parents, who themselves had been profiled on ABC’s Wife Swap reality television show. It was prime fodder for any 24-hour news network, so I wasn’t surprised to hear that the White House had been following the story.
Then, however, I considered this, from a few weeks ago:
So, the corruption at ACORN, to which Barack Obama’s own campaign gave more than $800,000, wasn’t something he was following closely, yet the White House was following the Balloon Boy saga?
And another question, albeit unrelated: If Balloon Boy was never in the balloon, is he still Balloon Boy?