A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Okay, that’s it! I’ve had enough! The Obama apologists have finally jumped the shark. The latest missive from the Our-Guy-Is-Never-Wrong school of journalism is maybe President Obama just doesn’t want to be president anymore. Do you believe this? It’s getting to the point where everything this guy does has some pure and saintly purpose. He screws up one debate and suddenly we’re no longer worthy of his leadership. It’s as if Obama were some ancient god who has grown weary of his bickering children (who continue to ignore his teachings) and more in disappointed than in anger, must now forego the redemption of the human race until mankind is ready for his message. Or maybe Barack just operates on such a high plane of consciousness that ordinary human traits like fulfillment and ambition don’t apply to him. I don’t know which it is, but come on, people! Get real!
Last week, when they turned off the microphones on the Romney/Obama debate, the air pressure dropped in every newsroom in America as journalists, commentators and caterers collectively gasped in horror. It was right out of the scene in The Man Who Would Be King when the High Priest of Kafiristan discovers that Danny bleeds red like everybody else and isn’t a god. The priest raises his hand to show Danny’s blood to the assembled multitude, and for a full three seconds, they all stand there, stunned. Such was the case last Wednesday. The echoes in Denver took a long time dying as the interior monologue of every bicoastal opinionator was screaming, “Holy crap! What just happened?” When they shook themselves back to reality, the wailing was uncontrollable. The guy from The Daily Beast was practically in tears, Bill Maher tried to slash his wrists with the sharp end of his tongue, and I’m sure Chris Matthews strangled at least one fact checker in abject rage on his way to the microphone. From there, everybody east and west of the Continental Divide who wasn’t hanging onto something simply got buried in the Excuse-and-Blame avalanche.
Nothing was sacred. One commentator said that Romney (the dirty cheater) had an unfair advantage because he’d had several recent debates during the primaries and Obama hadn’t had any. Another guy blamed Senator John Kerry for being too easy on the president during their practice sessions because he wants to be Secretary of State. They accused Romney of having notes on his handkerchief. They blamed the format, the venue and the altitude. Hell, at one point they even turned on Jim Lehrer and denounced him for being old, semi-retired and losing control of the situation – which, apparently, gave Romney yet another unfair advantage.
If I sound bitter, I am. I’m absolutely fed up to the eyeballs with the cult of personality that surrounds this president. He’s not Kim Jong-un for God’s sake! President Obama puts his pants on, one leg at a time, just like everybody else. He can and does make mistakes. He has off days and bad nights. He proved that, last Wednesday. He is not all-knowing, all-seeing and all-wise. And face it, folks: he is not now, nor, was he ever, America’s one-size-fits-all Glorious Leader. And while I’m on the subject, just because I disagree with Barack Obama’s political philosophy, that doesn’t make me stupid, an insensitive moron or a witless dupe of some Republican propaganda machine. I am just as aware of the issues as the next person and my opinion is just a valid as theirs is.
Here’s the deal: President Obama screwed up last week. For whatever reason, he didn’t get the job done. However, just because he didn’t meet the expectations of his supporters doesn’t automatically mean he was the victim of a plot, a conspiracy or Jim Lehrer’s gross incompetence. Whether you like the guy or not, it’s time to remember he’s just a guy, trying to do his job the best way he knows how. If you think he’s doing a good job, vote for him. If you don’t, don’t. But this never-ending beatification is getting really tiresome.