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1 simoom  Fri, Apr 26, 2013 11:51:58am

I just read that, and what I really take issue with is Noonan painting the current First Family as being different from the previous residents of the White House, and not in a positive way. In her words “creepy.” So she’s moved from the typical RW frame of the current President being a self-absorbed narcissistic acting above his station and she’s now attacking his family. She needs to think long and hard as to why her mind separates the Obamas out and finds them out of place in the role of First Family:

And all this felt like an antidote to Obama—to the imperious I, to the inability to execute, to the endless interviews and the imperturbable drone, to the sense that he is trying to teach us, like an Ivy League instructor taken aback by the backwardness of his students. And there’s the unconscious superiority.

President Obama was more formal than the other speakers and less confident than usual, as if he knew he was surrounded by people who have something he doesn’t.

What was nice was that all of them—the Bush family, the Carters and Clintons—seemed like the old days. “The way we were.” They were full of endurance, stamina, effort. Also flaws, frailty, mess. But they weren’t … creepy.

2 majii  Fri, Apr 26, 2013 5:09:39pm

F*ck Noonan. Everything she writes is based on her BS interpretation of who PBO and the First Family are and not on what she actually knows. IMO, she has the same problems with the president and his family that millions of other Americans have, and it’s how dare he assume the highest office in the U.S., and they live in the White House, while being black. That the president and his family don’t show the kind of humble behavior Noonan thinks they should is more race-based BS on her part. GWB was one of the most arrogant presidents in history. While Osama bin Laden was still free, GWB declared that he wasn’t worried about him, something that should have shocked the nation to its core but didn’t due to the political cover that “journalists” provided for him, allowing him to say all kinds of outrageous and stupid things and get away with it. President Obama made OBL a major target at the beginning of his administration and OBL is no longer with us. I also think Noonan suffers with the same major issue in regard to PBO that others who think like she does suffer with—because he doesn’t go around kissing their asses and deferring to them on all issues, he’s viewed as an arrogant asshole. I see nothing wrong with having confidence in one’s ability to do any job, even that of being POTUS. I love the fact that neither President Obama nor his family feel they have to kowtow to the likes of Noonan, Rove, Romney, McConnell, Boehner, and other republicans. If he did, I’d have less respect for him. The president’s smart enough to know that if he did allow these folks any leeway, they’d only use it against him, and that the best thing he can do is keep them at arm’s length. This tactic pisses them off mightily and has my full approval.

3 EPR-radar  Fri, Apr 26, 2013 5:12:15pm

re: #2 majii

Nice job. I couldn’t put my finger on the subtext of Noonan’s piece when I read it earlier.

Presidenting while black. Sigh.

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