Friday, March 20, 2009

Articulate, astute and accessible.



Mr. Barack Obama, in a precedent setting move, appeared on the Late Show tonight. The only thing ever wrong with the Late Show, in my opinion, is its host, Jay Leno, who has consistently given brand new definitions to smarm and misogyny. Tonight he didn't disappoint me, cracking off before the president appeared that he, Mr. Obama, was on the west coast only to escape his live-in mother-in-law. There are no depths to which Jay can't sink.

Pushing Jay to the back of my brain, I was able to enjoy the depth and understanding that Mr. Obama brings to the current economic meltdown and his plans for a resuscitation of the manufacturing base of the country long sojourned and outsourced.

Whether it will all come to pass is another story - there may be nothing left in the till.

However, his breathtaking grasp of the situation, his off the cuff style, his sense of 'the buck stops here' is awesome to behold and so refreshing after his sad and sorry predecessor.

Mr. Obama, in this appearance on main stream media (and I bet it was all his idea) has set a new benchmark for the accessibility of heads of government and I truly hope that others will follow.

Oh, and did I mention his charm?

23 comments:

  1. OMG, what are you drinking? A politico tells you a tale and it is taken as the way and the light.

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  2. The Obamas remind me of the Kennedys (J&J), a breath of fresh air at the time. It may be that forty years from now we'll look back and wonder how we could have been so naive, but for now they sure do look good after what went before!

    I just read that Michelle is planning a veggie garden for the White House, I love it! She too has charm and good looks, I think she just might set a new fashion: veggie gardens!

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  3. I watched the show last night. I got the feeling that the Prez is just like us - but cleverer. That's a feeling I didn't ever get from Tony Blair or G.W. Bush, or any previous UK Prime Minister. I don't think it's an act either.

    We are very, very lucky! It's a pity that more of us don't appreciate it.

    I loved his comment about the critics in Washington - "It's like American Idol, but all the judges are Simon Cowell" :-)

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  4. Oh Brighid,
    Did I say I was drinking the Koolaid? Absolutely not. But after the last Incumbent, this president is a breath of fresh air, whether he is bamboozling us or not. My inner cynic hasn't died!! ;^)
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  5. Anne:
    Veggie gardens will be an absolute necessity in the face of massive food shortages and I think the Obamas really get it.
    They are setting the example.
    We need to join the brief shining moments, though don't we?
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  6. T:
    I'm not counting on any luck yet. As I said before, my inner cynic hasn't rolled over.
    Let's see what the man can do in the face of all those tea parties gathering momentum and the (mis) use of tax payer funds.
    But my, is he a charmer!!
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  7. I'm betting he's the genuine article. He's certainly smart, he appears to want to do things right, and, oh, that smile!

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  8. He's the first politician in a long while I've actually felt some sense of hope about.

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  9. Oh 20 I so want him to be!
    There seems to be a core of decency to the man, what makes me pause though is that he hasn't gone after the previous admin and their war crimes. There's time yet of course.
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  10. Laura:
    Yes, I always hope too and he seems to bring and extra helping to us all.
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  11. He has hurt many families in America. He needs to say he is sorry in the public, not to an organization.

    In addition, someone who claims to have experienced prejudice and stereotypes throughout life, and has written about them in great detail, should be more sensitive and refined from life's lessons.

    Furthermore, Obama claimed he was going to have the world think 'highly' of America again. Will this joke help?

    For someone who spoke of equality as a creed. Does this joke match that philosophy?

    For someone that said he would stand for all people. Does this stand up for those that participate in the Special Olympics?

    The fact is Obama claimed a higher standard. To much is given, much is required.

    Obama has just showed us that 'yes we can' destroy what a campaign stands for with a single joke.

    During the campaign for the White House in 2008, the media criticized Palin for being ‘common,’ 'not-polished,' 'not-compassionate' and ‘not presidential.’ However, compare Sarah Palins attitude in this video created three weeks ago for the Special Olympics in Boise, Idaho.

    You decide the more ‘presidential’ among them. Watch: http://tinyurl.com/ccz6nj

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  12. We do like and respect him, don't we, Mary? With our inner cynics intact and well. I think the man is a piece of gold amongst the dusty rocks of politics. Well worth keeping and appreciating very much. We should all be so lucky.

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  13. Obama still seems like a down-to-earth sort of guy, he's avoiding all the usual presidential elitism. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I want to see how much help he's going to give all the long-suffering folk at the bottom of the heap - the homeless, the unemployed, the sick, the disabled etc. Then we'll see if he's really different from all the other presidents.

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  14. He's not Santa Claus you know, or a fairy Godmother who can wave her wand. he is a human being with some limitations. Don't expect him not to be fallible.

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  15. To Pro.....the point you make was discussed on Real Time last night.
    Sen. Bernie Sanders pointed out that President Obama has allocated billions of $$$ to special education in his stimulus package.
    He also reminded us that Gov. Palin refused part of that package for special education in her state.

    The President is human, he's not infallible, and it would behove people to show as much understanding of him as they expect him to do of them. I didn't even notice what he'd said until I read about complaints.

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  16. Pro:
    I agree he was remarkably insensitive in his off the cuff remark but he has apologised and very publicly. I can't see what more he can do and he has allocated billions to the disadvantaged. I can't put his name and Sarah Palin's in the same sentence, sorry.
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  17. Irene:
    He's a breath of fresh air after the foul stench of 8 years of unprecedented fascism.
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  18. Nick:
    Me too, he's still stroking a lot of his rich buddies far too much so we'll wait and see. However he appears to be tremendously likeable and to appear on a mainstream talk show says a lot.
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  19. Irene:
    The focussed scrutiny on Obama by his opponents is something to behold. Where were these people when Dumbya was torturing innocent people and blowing holes in the constitution?
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  20. T:
    I view it as a 'gaffe' something I might have said in jest even, though privately.
    I'm just stunned that 8 years of such appalling incompetence never came under such a microscope as this.
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  21. Like Anne, I think President Obama is the genuine article. I'm hoping that he will have the intestinal fortitude to withstand the barrage of filth and misinformation that will be piled on by the scum at Fox News and the whack jobs like Glenn Beck on CNN, with his concentration camps for conservatives. It's hard to believe that many people will believe this rubbish, but it still makes me fear for his life.

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  22. Tessa:
    Fingers crossed. We are all so sick of what's happened under the last regime. Positive change will be good.
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