CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. OBAMA: The civil-rights revolution was something of my parents’ generation, not mine — my dad marched at Selma, but I was learning to walk, talk and eat at the time, skills I found useful in later life, but . . . . Still, whether or not you voted for Barack Obama, this is a watershed moment.
Not so much. I was born in 1975. I can literally not remember a time when I ever doubted we'd have a black president. I didn't know when or how it would happen, but I fully expected it would happen in my life time and probably before I was 50. Likewise, I have no doubt that we will have a female president.
To me the important time long since passed; that was the point when all the official barriers and most of the practical ones had been removed. That happened, for all intents and purposes, before I was born. That it's now finally happened really doesn't phase me at all.
I've got to echo Glenn's hopes that one day everyone will wonder what the fuss was all about. I already do.
Obama's supporters should savour today, they really should. Even Obama's detractors have at least something to be happy about. A black man has become President of the United States, The Leader of the Free-ish World, the Commander-in-Thief. And that at least is a fine thing.
But the mere fact it has happened shows it is much less important than it seems. A huge percentage of America's blacks voted along racial lines, and thus presumably can have had no complaint if non-black people had likewise voted their race en-mass. Fortunately by and large even in race obsessed America most white people did not see it that way. Things have moved on, something obvious to anyone who has visited or worked in the US over the last few decades. Perhaps, just perhaps, the sheer folly of identity politics, the poison wellspring of all ethnic sectarianism, can be discarded once and for all. Yeah, as if. Well one can hope.
But today Obama does indeed become the very embodiment of a victory over an irrelevant thing which should never have divided people in the first place. And against that noble tableau, the calls for a New Hope and Bipartisan Unity will ring out strong and loud against a backdrop of Old Glory fluttering in the wind as Obama looks out at the horizon in all his Apollonian glory. Powerful stuff given how much Americans respond to appeals to the sentimental.
And the correct response to this is not to put your hand on your heart and get all misty eyed, it is to nod sagely at the agreeable symbolism of a clear triumph over America's grotesquely racist past... and then, in response to the calls for unity, raise your middle finger and make a loud raspberry sound.
Read the whole thing. He says much of what I've been thinking.
I've been hearing lefties scream for years about how Bush would never leave office and would declare martial law. I did a little searching just now and don't seen any of that nonsense. I really figured some bitter Bush-haters would spew that nonsense to the bitter end.
I did see a discussion board where someone asked where were all the people spewing that nonsense were now. One guy responded that Bush really wanted to declare martial law, but his "real" bosses wouldn't let him, so the lefty goofballs aren't completely off the map.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Will Ferrell says audiences should expect the unexpected from his upcoming one-man Broadway show and HBO special about President George W. Bush.
You might surmise from this that he means a nuanced view of Bush that would explore his motivations, etc.
Not so much:
Executive producer Adam McKay says the show aims to be funny but also hold the Bush administration's feet to the fire.
As with most "comedic" portrayals of Bush, this probably isn't the order the order of their actual priorities. Comedy is almost always a secondary consideration and I assume that it probably won't actually be funny.