Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Peggy Noonan on the two gifts Obama has given Republicans:
Whatever word means the opposite of snakebit, that is what the Republican party is right now. One reason they are feeling hope is that they have received two big and unexpected gifts from President Obama. The first, of course, was his political implosion—his quick descent and speedy fall into unpopularity, which shaped the outcome of the 2010 elections. At the heart of that descent was the president’s inability to understand how the majority of Americans were thinking. From the day he was sworn in he seemed to have had no practical or intuitive sense of what was on the American mind. By early 2009 they had one deep and central worry, the economy. But his central preoccupation was reforming health care. He devoted his first 18 months to it and got what he wanted, but at the price of seeming wholly out of touch with the thoughts and concerns of the American people.

This week the president gave Republicans a second unexpected gift. He reacted to the election’s outcome in a way that suggested he’s still in his own world, still seeing a reality no one else is seeing. The problem wasn’t his policies, but that he didn’t explain them well. It wasn’t health-care reform, it was his failed attempt to popularize it. His problem was that he was not political enough. He was too substantive, too serious. Americans have been under stress, and people under stress don’t think clearly, and so they couldn’t see the size of his achievements.

He sounded like a man who couldn’t see what was obvious to everyone else, and once again made his political adversaries seem, in comparison, more realistic, more clear-sighted and responsive to public opinion. And he did this while everyone was watching. Again, what a gift.

Should Obama pull an LBJ?

WaPo says to be a great president, Obama should announce he is not running for reelection and then focus on solving the nation's problems:
We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed.
Read the whole thing.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Welcome Home - 27 Oct 10: Heathrow International Arrivals

Another amazing T-Mobile ad (spontaneous performance). Share the joy of being human. And welcome home!

Opera Company of Philadelphia - Random Act of Culture - 30 Oct 10: "Hallelujah Chorus" at Macy's

Just in time for the season. And not just a random act of culture, but a spontaneous act of worship. "For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth" indeed! "Hallelujah!"