Friday, February 27, 2009

Over and Out

It's almost incomprehensible that Barack Obama holds the same office that George W. Bush did for eight years. The two men aren't even the of same species.

Seriously, watch this masterful and elegant speech -- a straightforward explanation of purpose, free of outrageous rhetoric and juvenile theatrics -- and marvel at how far we've come politically in such a short amount of time.

Sure, there's much work to be done on so many fronts across America and beyond, but make no mistake -- our long national nightmare is most assuredly over. This man, Barack Obama, is something we haven't seen in this country in decades: A leader, in every sense of the word.


Anonymous said...

American politics suck.

IF the EXACT SAME stimulus bill that Obama signed was signed by Bush, everyone here would find something wrong with it and complain. Since it's Obama's plan, it's perfect, flawless and what America needs.

On the flip side, I've heard idiot conservatives complain about only getting $13 more a paycheck with the new stimulus. You can bet if it was a Bush plan they would say, Bush gave me almost $300 a year!

Instead of looking objectively at issues we look only at the party lines and who is supporting what. If someone on the "other" side does something good, they don't get credit and if someone on "your" side does something bad they don't deserve the criticism.

Nobody sees anything objectively and that they're really all a bunch of idiots who don't know what the hell they're doing.

Tania said...

To me, it's just amazing that you now have a President who pronounces it Iraq, not Eye-rack!
That, right there, is so telling.

Yes, a very good speech indeed.

Lily's Mommy said...

I'm so excited that he's leading the country but I never watch his speeches because I'm terrified that I'll be a witness to a bullet ripping through his skull. His haters are armed and ignorant.

So you'll have to tell me how the speech went. :)

Jeremy said...

I don't know about that. American politics is flawed, no doubt. We're forced to essentially choose the lesser of two evils every four years.
That acknowledged, I don't think that means the American people have no objectivity or always follow the party line. I, for one, didn't support Obama in the primaries.
But when it came down to it, he was defintiely the lesser of two evils. And a far, FAR cry from the last 8 years.
While the two parties were forced to choose from might be flip sides of the same coin, there is no denying that this man, our current president, is light years beyond the last administration in terms of eloquence, honesty, and forward looking perspective.
If you want to claim that Obama is just the opposite side of the Bush coin, I'm going to need some more convincing (and I just don't think we've seen enough policy for you to make an effective argument that he is, and rhetorically anyway, even if he doesn't follow through on half of it, he's in an entirely different galazy than Bush the second.)

SteveR said...

I think he can say "nuclear" too, no?

Chris said...

It's so refreshing to have an adult in charge.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on having someone who says "Iraq" and "nuclear" in a way that meets your approval. Unfortunately, it's the same guy who said "I'll remove our troops from Iraq..(whisper) except for 50 thousand of them." Or, "We're gonna pay as we go now, (whisper) except for that trillion dollar check I just signed."

Anon #1 is dead on, politics are screwed in America...get your head out of the sand people and see that Obama is no better than the rest of the Washington idiots.

VOTAR said...

Here's to our troops coming home....

...from the scene of the crime they were forced to commit.

...By murderers...

...Who should be swinging from the tail end of a gallows.

Anonymous said...

I think Anon #1 is Anon #2.

Tania said...

Anon 9.18,
there was no (whispering). He said those things out loud, and explained why they are necessary.

Pardon me for being happy that the US has a President with a brain, and apparently with integrity, too! Your cynical reaction to this is not realism, it's lazy and cowardly. You're saying 'why even try to fix it, it's all shit and things can never get better'.

Yes, they can. Now fuck off and try to do your part, m'kay?

Chez said...

Tania, for the win.

Che Grovera said...

Anons, to say that you are (all) missing the point would imply that you are in the same universe as the point.

No matter the outcome, Obama is already succeeding in simply trying to steer a principled course. Is there room for improvement? Always. Are there missteps being made and important issues going unaddressed? Here too, sadly, the answer is yes. But after eight years of wholly ideological, largely unintelligible, and often illegal actions from a White House shrouded in as much secrecy as possible -- yeah, some of us are enjoying the change. Go figure.

Anonymous said...

But what is up with the word "elegant." You, Sean Penn, George Stephanopoulas, The blond talking head . . Anderson something.

It has leapt out of the domain of fashion and decorative arts - and right into politics and speeches. Ugh - could be a bad sign.

Mart said...

So now the culture warriors are attacking elegant folks? I thought being elegant was a feature not a bug...


"el⋅e⋅gant –adjective

1. tastefully fine or luxurious in dress, style, design, etc.: elegant furnishings.
2. gracefully refined and dignified, as in tastes, habits, or literary style: an elegant young gentleman; an elegant prosodist.
3. graceful in form or movement: an elegant wave of the hand.
4. appropriate to refined taste: a man devoted to elegant pursuits.
5. excellent; fine; superior: an absolutely elegant wine.
6. (of scientific, technical, or mathematical theories, solutions, etc.) gracefully concise and simple; admirably succinct."

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:14- Some of us do look at politics objectively. I voted for Obama, I even worked for his campaign, but I think this stimulus package needs work and I honestly am not impressed by him as the president yet. I am always critical of our administration's policies and I think we all should be. Unfortunately, Chez (sorry, buddy, but it's true) is following the lemmings and doing the cool thing and constantly praising a young, inexperienced president a bit prematurely. And quite frankly, that isn't exactly "making a mockery of mockery." Hopefully you'll see this... I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't posted.