Matt Damon said something eternally profound a few months ago. When asked about how he felt about President Obama he said, “Me and Obama… we broke up.”
I kind of feel that way, as well.
I championed Obama over Hillary. I was one of the misguided people that didn’t think she could invigorate like Bill. There was also a slight scandal in the 2008 Primary campaign, something along the lines of Bill stating that he felt he was the first Black President that led me to take a short-lived break from the Clintons, as a whole, as well. Hillary in 2008 does not excite me like Hillary 2014 does. If we could vote now, I’d be all over that and so looking forward to the fight in 2016.
There’s a lot that I feel has gone by the way side because we haven’t had a strong negotiator in the Oval. The Public Option missing from the ACA / Obamacare, Race to the Top being one of the worst Public Education policy decisions in recent memory - even worse than the No Child Left Behind Act it replaces, and don’t even get me started on the disturbing NSA stuff.
(On a personal note: My Mom told my Dad that she was okay with the NSA having so much access to our private lives, because Obama. My Dad told her he wasn’t. To some extent, my Dad and I are now classified as “Republicans” because we’ve openly stated that we’re not thrilled with the choices our President has made.)
I agree that he would be better than the alternative, and I know more than most people how necessary it is to strike when it’s your time. There was so much energy surrounding Obama in 2008 that was such a hold over from 2004, but I wish he could have had a few more years in the Senate to truly learn how to negotiate the intricacies of Washington D.C.’s power structure. Maybe if Teddy had lived, he could have been the paternal Lion in the Senate.
I mention all of this to say that while it’s a possibility I’ll be attending a SotU party (unlikely due to the weather) that you are welcome to follow my Twitter feed, when I get entertainingly snarky, especially towards the GOP, the SCOTUS if Citizens U or Roe v. Wade is mentioned and when it comes to policy decisions that I disagree with POTUS.
Now… can anyone tell me what drinking game we’re playing tonight?
That’s what Obama said about CNN at last night’s White House Correspondents Association dinner.
Let me explain why that is such a great line. CNN sees itself as “in the middle” between left and right, MSNBC and Fox. Just recently, in fact, CNN president Jeff Zucker praised the middle as the place to be. But CNN also sees itself as a great newsgathering organization that is all about truthtelling rather than ideology. “Keeping them honest,” as Anderson Cooper, face of the brand, likes to say.
Put them together and what do you have? Keep ‘em honest, but stay in the middle. Which doesn’t work. For what happens when one side is BS-ing us more than the other? What happens when independent and honest reporting shows that these people on this side are mostly right in what they’re saying, and those people on that side are distorting the case?
CNN wants to believe, tries to believe and I think does believe that this problem does not exist. Therefore we have to remind them about it, because it does exist. And that’s what Obama did: “cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate” is saying to CNN: Accuracy and truthtelling will be sacrificed to your ideology— the middle, no matter what it takes.