Camille Paglia struck just the right note in her latest article in Salon, which, among other things, takes the Obama adminstration to task for its “clumsy, smirky staff”:
“Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama’s first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!)”
In fact, I have no problem with the Republican party regrouping and resurrecting itself. It remains to be seen what its new incarnation will look like. And will someone please inform me why the news media is swooning over the First Lady’s biceps?
“First it was that chaotic pig rut of a stimulus package, which let House Democrats throw a thousand crazy kitchen sinks into what should have been a focused blueprint for economic recovery. Then it was the stunt of unnerving Wall Street by sending out a shrill duo of slick geeks (Timothy Geithner and Peter Orszag) as the administration’s weirdly adolescent spokesmen on economics. Who could ever have confidence in that sorry pair?”
Wow, rutting pigs, kitchen sinks, geeks, and adolescents–all in one paragraph. This Democrat-controlled government isn’t exactly the shining city on the hill, is it?
“And then there was the fiasco of the ham-handed White House reception for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which was evidently lacking the most basic elements of ceremony and protocol. Don’t they read the “Iliad” anymore in the Ivy League? Check that out for the all-important ritual of gift giving, which has cemented alliances around the world for 5,000 years.”
I guess a Harvard education ain’t what it used to be.
President Obama — in whom I still have great hope and confidence — has been ill-served by his advisors and staff. Yes, they have all been blindsided and overwhelmed by the crushing demands of the presidency. But I continue to believe in citizen presidents, who must learn by doing, even in a perilous age of terrorism. Though every novice administration makes blunders and bloopers, its modus operandi should not be a conspiratorial reflex cynicism.
Yet another die-hard believer! Why is it so difficult to understand that — ill-served by his advisors as he has been (and he definitely has!) — Obama is the one who chose those advisors in the first place. Is it possible that he was completely unaware of the baggage these advisors brought with them, the tax problems, the scandals, the lobbying, etc? If so, how appallingly clueless is he? (Hint: he’s not clueless.)
If, on the other hand, Obama knew the backgrounds of those he has selected to help him govern and chose them anyway as the faces and voices of his administration, what does that say about the man and his capacity for making good decisions for the country? This should tell you everything you need to know about the man who is President.
“Case in point: The orchestrated attack on radio host Rush Limbaugh, which has made the White House look like an oafish bunch of drunken frat boys. I returned from carnival in Brazil (more on that shortly) to find the Limbaugh affair in full flower. Has the administration gone mad? This entire fracas was set off by the president himself, who lowered his office by targeting a private citizen by name. Limbaugh had every right to counterattack, which he did with gusto. Why have so many Democrats abandoned the hallowed principle of free speech? Limbaugh, like our own liberal culture hero Lenny Bruce, is a professional commentator who can be as rude and crude as he wants.”
Obama and his team certainly abandoned any principles they may have had when they authorized an organized campaign of character assasination against Rush Limbaugh. I wish I could believe that most liberals lean more toward Ms. Paglia’s point of view.
When Camille Paglia and even Howard Fineman of Newsweek are beginning to have second thoughts, you know we’re in trouble.
This surely is the most transparent, most ethical, most responsible administration ever. If you live in Oceania.