Looking Back and Crying
posted at 11:04 am on December 5, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
“Some day we’ll look back on this and laugh.” That’s the standard cold-comfort line that one supposedly utters when in the midst of a dire situation.
The line came to mind as I perused this morning’s headlines at Real Clear Politics. It appears that several columnists have already begun looking back on the presidency of Barack Obama to date. But they’re not laughing.
Dana Milbank of the WaPo writes in a column titled “Obama the Mortal” of the discovery by “parishioners in the Church of Obama” that “that their spiritual leader is a false prophet.” Milbank, who got into a little hot water during the campaign when he called Obama presumptuous for behaving as though he had already won the election (heavens!), seems to take some perverse delight in chronicling the disillusionment of Obama acolytes like Michael Moore. Good for Milbank.
Writing from the myopic side, NYT columnist Charles Blow (rhymes with schmo) writes in typically high-blown fashion of his own pain and that of other blacks who “dared to dream anew, envisioning a future in which Obama’s election would be the catalyst for an era of prosperity and more racial harmony.” Is it not amazing for a black to write in the most public of forums of “the cultural capital” he and fellow blacks expected to accrue from “the ascension of the first black president”? You have to admire the man’s chutzpah, I suppose, for openly acknowledging the outrageous expectation many black people had in pulling the lever for Obama last November.
Even Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun-Times is cynical about the Lord God Obama’s turning out to be little more than just another shucking-and-jiving politician. Her column addresses the mini-scandal surrounding White House Social Secretary and Michelle Obama bud Desiree Rogers, who has been granted immunity from testifying about her role on the recent State Dinner gate crashers on the basis of “executive privilege.” My prediction, incidentally, is that Rogers will soon be joining that growing crowd beneath the bus, made up of people Barack Obama “thought he knew.”
My only question is when the American people will consign Obama himself to that same well-deserved fate on the grounds that he’s not the man they thought they knew.
Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions