Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sen. Obama, for U.S. Poet Laureate

I’m concerned Obama has ceded too much ground in his recent description of his idea of being president as “one who has vision, not one who manages the bureaucracy.” Last night, Sen. Clinton saw this opening and said, ‘no, you need someone to run the gov’t, and that’s me.’ Obama then talked about how he’s not that organized, and can’t find all his papers, but he has good people who do that for him. But this just made him sound like the absent minded professor – brilliant, sure, but competent to run the country – he’s not competent to find his check book! It concerns me for his campaign, and it even concerns me a little bit as to whether he’s actually “ready,” in Clinton’s terms.

He needs to reassert his competence to run the show, not just “inspire people.” If I’d been him, I’d have said, “Hillary would make a great manager, and when I’m President, I’ll certainly appoint her to my cabinet.”

If I were Hillary, I would have promised that when I’m president, I’ll make Barack the U.S. Poet Laureate.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Great rejoinders you composed for the candidates! Too bad they aren't clever enough to come up with them themselves!

Yes, it's sad for Obama and hard to know whether it's the US that's not ready for Obama, or vice versa. As for Clinton, all I can say is, the women at my church are crying that it might be Clinton that gets elected, and they're saying, "What will the world think of us if we elect that woman?" and "Could we be that dumb to put the Clintons back in the White House?" They're afraid that the women of America (not them, of course!) might be tricked into electing Clinton just because of the gender issue. As for Greek women, at least the bunch I know, gender is a non-issue for them.

Ben said...

To the women in Romanos's church: we've already re-elected George W. Bush. I don't think we could fall any lower in the world's esteem.

Also, I think Kenny should write an entire debate composed of witty one-liners. We'll pretend it's a West Wing episode.