Friday, September 4, 2009
Rattled it loose!
This has been rattling around in my brain for a while in one form or another, and I've mentioned it before. But as I landed on "Rachel Maddow" which I have never watched before, what the guest was saying caught my attention. He was laughing about people being so upset about president Obama speaking to school children next week and talking about how other presidents have done it. He was saying George H. W. Bush was the last president before Obama to have spoken to students, and the host - who was sitting in for Rachel Maddow (no idea who she was) asked this guy what the difference is between when George H. W. Bush spoke to school kids and president Obama doing it now. He was so smarmy and amused as he said "well maybe George H. W. Bush wasn't a COMMIE . . . ?"
The banter went back and forth for a couple of minutes and I went on to something more entertaining. But just before I turned it off the host said something about how hard it must have been for the guy she was interviewing when he lived in the Midwest, implying that it must have been like being the only person with obviously superior intellect living in the midst of idiots at every turn.
This is why Obama is losing support. He does not understand the average guy. Or gal. He thinks he does but obviously he thinks (and says) a lot of things that aren't true. He would have no more idea how to relate to me than I would know how to relate to a trout. There is nothing in common there. He sees the inner city poor who sit on their butts having babies and killing each other, who are passing the welfare lifestyle on to their children - as "the folks." For a man who has been called brilliant, this has been a crucial error.
Men and women who go to work every day and take care of themselves and their families started speaking up, voicing their opposition to the stimulus bill, then the healthcare bill, cash for clunkers, all of it. And what did our fabulous president do? He used ridicule and sarcasm. And cemented the alienation that began with simple questioning and doubt.
People do not like to be insulted. They do not like to be made fun of and dismissed. Celebrities like Janeane Garofalo accused tea party attendees of being racist, flat out. God forbid she might consider there were real issues to be discussed; these people had to be plain stupid to oppose this incredible man - this newly minted icon of beauty and light and all things good! Bill Maher, little weasel that he is who makes money ridiculing the very idea of religion, he called America STUPID. Stupid because we. were. speaking. out!
Nobody likes being disrespected Mr. Obama. Nobody.