Monday, November 17, 2008

Did anyone else notice how weird it was listening to President-elect Obama?

The questions by 60 minutes Steve Kroft were probing, Obama's answers were coherent. They used multisyllabic words in complex sentences. Both showed a depth of knowledge of the many areas under discussion. There were few cliched phases, no head bobs, weird tics, misplaced chuckles. No mention of our freedoms, smearing democracy around the world, or terrists.

It was wonderful. God, how I'm not going to miss cringing in writhing embarrassment when my president opens his mouth.

January 20th, 2009 can't come too soon.

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6 comments:

Sorghum Crow said...

I'm going to watch the replay tonight.

ellroon said...

It restores faith in how government is supposed to function.

Ralph said...

Excellent point, but I think you are actually understating the oddness of that interview. I am old enough to remember the 1956 nominating convention for Eisenhower. I was only 5, but I can still see our 1-year-old black and white TV screen on which conventioneers were furiously marching in a sort of conga line, raising and lowering those funny three-sided poles, each bearing the name of a state spelled out vertically. Since then, I don't think I've seen any U.S. politician speak with Barack Obama's combination of candor and strength.

Obama is not only much better than Bush, he is Bush's polar opposite. As bad as Bush has been, Obama is just that good.

ellroon said...

Well said, Ralph. I agree.

(It's all so delicious.)

Steve Bates said...

I am of course overjoyed, but more than that... I am relieved. But even Obama cannot resolve everything that Bush has inflicted upon us, even if Obama serves two terms. There is simply too much utter destruction in Bush's wake.

And Bush still has two months to go, and seems to take great pleasure in pillaging and burning as much as he can on his way out...

ellroon said...

The one thing Obama can do and do well is to make us want to pitch in and help. He can inspire us to assist him while he tries to repair the Constitution; restore our confidence in the economy; remove us from the neocon wet dream war; reactivate the diplomatic corps; stop the warrantless wiretapping; save our national parks from being destroyed; and most importantly: chose young dedicated progressives to the Supreme Court.

We need to keep lobbyists away from him and keep him focused on the American people.