I am happy that Obama will be our next president for a number of reasons. Really, I am. His recent interview with Barbara Walters actually did a good job of reminding me why I am confident in Obama’s ability to handle the challenges facing the US. For once, I got to see Obama without the horns trumpeting in the background announcing the first, honest-to-goodness, real-life, responsible Black man. Not only does he love his wife but he loves his kids too! And, he has a job! Seriously, who’s not tired of this narrative (please don’t answer that…I know half of America is not tired of this narrative).
Still, as much as I liked the interview, I have to say that I was not at all amused by Obama’s casual display of a kinder, gentler sexism near the end. He talks about not wanting a ‘girly dog’ that ‘yaps’ and ‘sits in your lap.’ Now, I don’t tend to like those types of dogs either but Obama has got to know that dismissing something as girly is just, well, a bit sexist. I can tell that he thinks it’s cute and I’m sure others will swoon over his display of manliness but the whole thing just served to remind me why I still want to see a woman in the White House. And no, Sarah Palin doesn’t count.
Check out the girly dog comment here:
Is he planning something nefarious? Is he a pod person? Is he on drugs? What ever it is, it’s worrying me. First he predicted a landslide victory for Obama. Then he acted strangely on Fox News on election night as well, according to Andrew O’Hehir over at Salon,
Barnes kept circling back to his meme of the moment, the idea that a “center-right” nation has inexplicably elected a dangerous left-winger. Bill Kristol was ready to join in the wailing and gnashing of teeth, but Karl Rove — I’ll say that again, Karl Rove — struck a far more conciliatory tone, describing Obama as “a very smart politician who has clearly moved to the center over the course of this campaign.” Mind you, Rove appears to believe that Nancy Pelosi is the dangerous radical in Washington, one who yearns to drag a moderate president-elect into quasi-socialistic excesses.
I wasn’t able to watch Fox News over here as they weren’t doing streaming video and my friends’ Sky TV didn’t get the channel We were all a bit disappointed as we were ready to enjoy a bit of schadenfreude. But apparently we wouldn’t have enjoyed it at Rove’s expense anyway. WTF? Has he just decided everything’s going to suck for at least the next four years so we might as well let a Dem take the blame? Is there just no more money for the Cheneys of the world to suck out of the nation into their personal bank accounts, so no point in having a Republican administration? Or maybe he’s just trying to alienate Obama’s followers by starting the ‘he’s betrayed his Left values’ perception early?
To borrow a phrase from Rachel Maddow, could someone talk me down here?
Here is the AP article on the passage of Prop 8, via the New York Times.
It’s 6 am in the UK, and I’m sleepy and weepy and more sentimental about my country than I have ever felt in my adult life. If 44% of voters in rural counties in Southern red states can vote for Obama, then America, and by extension the world, may not be the place I thought it was. I will take stock in the morning–or rather, the later afternoon–and see if my cynicism has returned in any form. In the meantime, I am still myself enough to offer the following: Hello, Sarah Palin? Were you paying attention? Because that was America telling you to fuck off.