Archive for March, 2009

Obama Overexposed?

March 27, 2009

Excuse me? The man has been ‘out’ there for so long that one can hardly expect him to stay put ‘in’ there (White House) and tend to the business of the nation. I mean, he’s a hugely popular figure who won the popular vote. Why shouldn’t he go out there and stump for his policies, drawing on the innate strength of the people who elected him? Being popular also means being a bit show-bizzy–the man is alive, and wants to keep his nation alive. How else will he reflect the interests and spirit of his people?

Obama gets lambasted for being too public. Here in India the PM, Manmohan Singh gets brickbats for being too private, ensconced in his cocoon, and only occasionally giving tired, monotonic speeches that put people to sleep–no fire, no passion, no energy: this gets translated into no concern for his policies or his people.

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Obama installed & fighting on

March 15, 2009
Just thought I’d indulge in a bit of wordplay, now that Obama & Biden are finally in the White House:
we must now abide by the words of Ob-iden…
 
warm wishes to every Obaman, Obamite, Obamaniac…go ahead, coin your own Ob-hybrid!
 
You may already have read it, but in case you haven’t, here’s an article that appeared in the NYT–by Henry Louis Gates Jr & John Stauffer–where the authors speculate on what Lincoln would’ve thought of Obama. Quite revealing:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/opinion/19gates.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=all
 
I often feel that most American presidents have been ordinary men–their ambition and determination apart–that have stepped into an extraordinary position with extraordinary, almost inhuman, powers. As Sartre said, “…a man is after all just a man…”