And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran



Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Political Truth That Makes Me Laugh

I was listening to the TV yesterday while someone was interviewing some other folks about the inauguration. I wasn't even paying enough attention to know who was on the TV, but one phrase jumped out at smacked me with a giggle fit.

"The best thing Pres. Obama has going for him is that he is getting something that is already broken."

I just about fell off my chair! How sadly true and yet amazingly hilarious is that simple statement. Obama will go down in history as the guy who couldn't break it any more than it already was.

The guy can't go wrong.

5 comments:

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

Sadly that is soooo true!

Just as it is in the UK, there are bank failures, companies closing, out of work numbers rising, a war or two or three and a recession that only seems to have started.

Can't get any worse.... can it?

Lisa said...

Studly and i were talking about that very thing the other night! There is nowhere to go but up!

I think this is going to by Obama some time and patience with the people... he didn't let this mess get this bad, but he's the guy who has to fix it.

(Did I ever tell you that I went to high school with "Barry" Obama? He graduated the year after me.)

barefoot gardener said...

Peter-
Unfortunately, I am afraid it is going to get worse before it gets better. Isn't there some ancient curse "may you live in interesting times"? or something like that. We surely are.

Lisa-
It is kinda weird to think of the Pres as a real person who went to school, ya know? Does it feel kinda funny to have him in your yearbook? I bet he looked goofy as a teen...

Thomas said...

It is going to get WAY worse before it gets better.
The real question is "Can he fix it?"

There is no way he can break it anymore, but he may get blamed for not being able to fix it

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Kati said...

I'm rather afraid as well that we may be too far gone to fix things. And really, SHOULD we "fix" things to the level they were before? I mean, what was so great about the Regan years, the first Bush years, the Clinton years? Yeah, we had prosperity, but at this cost? Is it worth it to take things back to anywhere NEAR that level of prosperity when the cost of the decline from that could be exponentially worse than what we face now? And not just for us, but for the rest of the world.

My mind still bears a couple of qualms about Pres. Obama (primarily his stance on gun ownership, and the fact that he IS a politician, whatever else he is, and politicians to me seem fundamentally flawed), but I've been very pleased with each of the acts he has thus-far made in the past 5 days: pay caps for his administration; closing Gitmo; repealing the Universal Gag act; halting all Bush's final acts pending review of their just-ness. So far, so good. I hope he continues in this vein, bearing in mind what is best for Americans and the word, TRULY, not just what one ideology wants to impose upon everybody else.