Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mocking Obama

This strikes me as about right. Obama seems, from what I've seen and read, to lack the mockable characteristics of Bush (illiteracy, self-delusion, unwarranted confidence) or Clinton (libido, self-immolation, secrecy). Making fun of his fans is much easier--even I've done it on occasion, and I'm among the doe-eyed Obamaphiles.

On a related topic, it's just weird to actually have a president who is 1) way smarter than me, and 2) that I respect as a person. With Bush there was neither, with Clinton there was (1) but not (2). I don't even remember any other presidents. That most definitely is change that I can believe in.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.