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Obama is a mere mortal

September 7, 2009

Charles Krauthammer’s September 4th article declares the fall of America’s own mythical god. Swept up in special interests, backroom deals, and radical denouncements of grassroots movements, Obama reveals his overconfidence and his detachment with the real needs of Americans. Why, one asks, does a president so popular fall more quickly in public opinion since Ford? As Krauthammer suggests, “When ordinary citizens understand they are being played for fools, they bristle.”

Bristling, convening, and calling for truth, Americans once again embrace the positives of democracy while Obama calls them – the masses, the people – uninformed and uneducated. Harvard they may not attend, but common sense, virtue, and the value of money – these things the people understand far more than Obama.

While a healthcare rally transpires in the Boston Commons today, the polls reveal an American public upset with a president insulting their intelligence.

Chinese writer Lin Yutang, pens words of wisdom, reminding us that 

Belief in our mortality, the sense that we are eventually going to crack up and be extinguished like the flame of a candle, I say, is a gloriously fine thing. It makes us sober; it makes us a little sad; and many of us it makes poetic. But above all, it makes it possible for us to make up our mind and arrange to live sensibly, truthfully & always with a sense of our own limitations.

So let’s hope Obama gains a sense of his limitations, a dash of sensibility, and a craving for truthfulness.

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