So, there I was at the White House last night with my Nikon D40X just clicking away and later, when I looked at the pix, what to I espy? This telling photo of our pres with the ghost of Mr. Lincoln looking over his shoulder. In fact, it looks like Mr. Obama was gesturing back at the Great Man as I took this.
Wonder what Mr. Lincoln was whispering in Mr. Obama's ear? Don't let the turkeys get you down, Barack. Lincoln had to deal with his own ego-driven, knee-jerk haters, too. Was he our greatest president because of them or in spite of them? In any event, as I watched Mr. Obama perform, I was, as usual, impressed by the quick, easy intelligence of the man, by his deep knowledge of a myriad of complex issues, and the way he handled stupid/tough questions: Why had he waited two days after finding out about the AIG bonuses? Because "I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." Rush, Sarah, Ann, and Laura--please listen up.
Yes, the Right side of the Body Politic continues it's spastic, antagonistic flapping at the Left as our Center-Left president coolly goes about his business. Can this be good for our national humour? The truth is this: The current crisis is unprecedented. No one knows what will work and what will not. But we need to ask our best minds to try to sort it out and do something and that's what Mr. Obama is doing. The whole deal is mind bending and brain warping in its complexity. Mistakes will be made. We elected him pretty decisively. We should be supporting him and hoping he gets it done.
Note: Okay, okay. I was not actually in the White House. Let's just say I had a seat way, way up in the balcony and a great telephoto lens.