Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Janet Albrechtsen, today - read it.

YOU know that something is amiss with rational judgment when economics Nobel laureate Amartya Sen describes events surrounding Barack Obama’s arrival as US President as “turning an exceptional human being into almost the kind of godhead that he has become”.

Sober analysts must be standing aside, wondering about the role of emotion in politics and its implications for critical scrutiny of Obama’s presidency. But many other observers have metaphorically cast aside their crutches and accepted that Obama has made them whole again.

To be sure, none of this is new. During Obama’s campaign, Hollywood types swooned at the sight of a good-looking, left-wing, articulate man of colour. And the media was equally seduced.

9 comments:

stackja1945 said...

O-man will stumble one day, and the world will be shocked.
Dems have a tradition of these types. FDR, JFK. FDR created a Depression and then WWII, and JFK helped Castro and Ho Chi Minh.
And of course Jimmy boy created Khomeni, and Willy Boy created AQ-Bin. O-man will cause more trouble.

kae said...

Hiya Stacks!

"O-man will stumble one day, and the world will be shocked."

Do you think they'll even notice?

elcampeador said...

HEY! I will. I live here for Christ sakes.

1735099 said...

Two quotes from Presidential inaugural addresses -

“We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?”

And -

“For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.”

Both are talking about compassion. Both are first term addresses. Both are exhortations to unite - not divide.

Maybe, given the mess that the USA is in, it’s time to listen and move on.

Notice the similarity in the two extracts?

By the way, the first was Ronald Reagan in 1981, the second Barack Obama in 2009.

Anonymous said...

Hi kae,
what the hell is wrong with me?
I can't comprehend this hype.
The man is an inexperienced, creation of a corrupt Chicago party machine, and people faint just by hearing his name?

He is not a "black" african/american, he is an half arab/american.

God save us.
Orion

Skeeter said...

We should all wish the new president every success in achieving his aims.
I just wish he had set a few practical and achievable targets rather than beguile us with grand rhetoric and soaring messianic flights of fancy.
If his administration fails at those noble aims, or in any way makes it worse, we are all in for some very nasty times.
Striving for equality (equal poverty for all?) or making America more attractive to the rest of the world are insignificant when compared to the real problems we face.
My childhood was lived through economic depression, poverty, and food rationing. (The only obese people in Australia were in freak shows.)
All of this was overlaid with the threats of annihilation from the Nazis, their Axis allies, communism and atomic holocaust.
Fathers were absent for up to five and six years and many did not return.
The total killed in WWII was 72,941,900 (including 47,661,800 civilians).
It took half a century for the world to recover from those interesting times. I'm saddened to see it spiralling down into those depths again.

stackja1945 said...

Kae, the clanging symbolism of the stumble will be deafening.

Pogria said...

Was I the only one who thought he fancied he was acting out an incarnation of Martin Luther King?

Yes, I agree with BOAB, I sincerely wish him well, but I wish more for the people of America. He may be President now, but truly, it is NOT all about him.

Anonymous said...

It's sad that so many people rely on government and charasmatic leaders to find themselves and provide purpose. Do blacks in the USA really believe life is about to get better for them just because they have a non white President. I'm sure they do and they will be humming mad when it doesn't happen. Whose fault is that. Excessive media hype and a few generations of government hand outs I guess. Mehaul.