||[Sep. 9th, 2013|10:04 am]
Was that red line of Obama's a thing he and his advisers had thought about in advance or was it off the cuff? Whatever it was, I don't think he expected to be called on it. He's now attempting to convince us he didn't say it at all- or that he was just saying what everyone else was thinking. Both these things are clearly not the case. |
When you're in power you can't afford to let your mind wander. Every word, every action, has weight.
Auden has a poem about a tyrant which ends, "And when he cried the little children died in the streets."
2013-09-09 11:53 am (UTC)
There's a saying somewhere about cruel men crying in the cinema - is that Auden too?
It might be- it sounds like him- but I can't place it.
I remember my friends attempting to convince me that Obama was more "presidential" in seeming than the other possibilities. I didn't believe them then, but I am not particularly happy to have been forced to watch it happen.
Obama won the beauty contest- which is what a presidential election amounts to these days- but he's been unimpressive in office.
I think "unimpressive" is understating the matter. And there's another three years of this in the works? *sigh*
Will the next president be any more impressive? I rather doubt it.
Members of the commentariat have suggested, either literally or figuratively and I don't know which, that he went off-teleprompter with those remarks.
I worked for a guy like Mr. Obama in the 70s -- wore his well-tailored suit and his professorial demeanor and his minority status to gain many lucrative government contracts. He delegated/neglected his way to bankruptcy for his company while continuing to pursue the next great lucrative contract(s). Thanks to him I finished my pregnancy on welfare, since he hadn't bothered to pay into the unemployment fund. I recognized the modus operandi when I finished the first chapter of Mr. Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope, and have violent thoughts every time I see his face.
Edited at 2013-09-09 01:19 pm (UTC)
I've listened to the passage in which he introduces the red line and there's a hesitancy, a choppiness, that suggests he's making it up as he goes along.
I think Obama is amoral, self-righteous and totally lacking in self-awareness- rather like our own Tony Blair- who also had that sheen of competence and glamour.
Yes, that's about right.
I'm not amoral, but I've been self-righteous and totally lacking in self-awareness, but with a sheen etc. in my past. It took me three months as the head of our community organization to realize that the gift of public speaking and the ability to articulate a vision is no substitute for solid leadership and management skills. That brought along with it a real eruption of self-awareness, I can tell you.