Update1: Wow, Bunk Strutt’s philosophical meanderings today actually truly left me… disturbed is too strong a word… unsettled? I don’t know.
Note: If it appears I was critical of Bunk there, that is not the case. The disturbing part is when you truthfully acknowledge that little bit of “Yes Man” in yourself. 97% and more of the time I pride myself on cold hard truth/honesty – at least I do that 30% of the time… No, seriously, I will (when asked) give blunt truth and I actually outright tell people that I want it in return. I may not like the truth, but if it is given and it is unadulterated by petty motivations I will accept it with no hard feelings. That doesn’t mean I won’t say something if I hear a total BS opinion masquerading as truth, though.
Update to Update2… veeshir has pointed out a dark period (perhaps one of many) of Peggy Noonan’s past where she was in approval of Obama. Now, I’m not going to throw her out because of one or even a handful of bad judgment calls but… (see veeshir’s comments below)
I can add this though… technically what she said was correct (quotes at 4:14pm), and I’m not convinced she was fan-boying him Chris Matthews style, but her statement about Clinton being genuine was a pretty grave error.
Update2: Peggy Noonan’s pounding of Obama…
But that actually is not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about something that started to become apparent to me during the debt negotiations. It’s something I’ve never seen in national politics.
It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton’s troubles there were always people who’d say, “Look, I love the guy.” They’d often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren’t that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support. And surely this has implications.
The past few weeks I’ve asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: “I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did ‘love’ him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.” Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? “Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.” With Bush, “if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.'” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”
THAT is the kind of op-ed I want to see more of. Unafraid to voice the truth – not just voice the truth that they think should exist (read: make up while smoking something) but real truth.
A friend thought I was particularly hissy yesterday when I made a rather caustic remark about our government’s idiosyncrasies and so she sent me the perfect picture – this is the kind of picture that makes my day. Thanks to theChive.com, particularly whoever took the picture of this amazing cat. It is just so perfectly *cat* that it tickled my funny bone.
Makes you wonder whatever made cats think they actually looked fierce when doing this little maneuver. I think they just look even cuter and want to boop their little nose.