Thursday, October 28, 2010

Maybe It's Just Me

Maybe I just can't give the guy a break, but I was much more impressed with Jon Stewart than I expected to be, and not so impressed with Barack Obama on the Daily Show last night. Watch it for yourself here if you didn't see it last night, but just one instance that simply affirmed my impression of Obama as a clever, (very) slick opportunist:

Stewart asks him how hiring Larry Summers fulfilled the campaign promise to root out corruption by getting rid of the people who were currently messing things up, and Obama, without a blink, goes into the politician's "let me first tell you how much good I've done" song and dance, and then says, "Larry Summers did a heckuva job." At that point, Jon Stewart says, as the audience laughs, "You don't want to use that phrase, Dude." Obama missed a couple of beats before he said seriously, "Pun intended." It was quite obvious that it was not an intentional pun, but that he is quick enough that he caught himself before he hit the floor full face.

It's not that he doesn't make logical sense about the process that is involved in presidential politics, nor that he is a blithering idiot like his predecessor, it's that he talks his way around every point (and what would we expect him to do?) with an arrogance that, I think, is undeserved. He also went on about how we are asking too much when we ask for change..."inch by inch" progress should be sufficient, and that is definitely not what he wanted you to believe back in '08.

Sadly, Jon did not ask about civil liberties and Guantanamo.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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