April 23, 2008


Wilting Over Waffles: Now that Hillary has won Pennsylvania, it will take a village to help Obama escape from the suffocating embrace of his rival. (Maureen Dowd, 4/23/08, Der Spiegel)

The Democrats are eager to move on to an Obama-McCain race. But they can’t because no one seems to be able to show Hillary the door. Despite all his incandescent gifts, Obama has missed several opportunities to smash the ball over the net and end the game. Again and again, he has seemed stuck at deuce. He complains about the politics of scoring points, but to win, you’ve got to score points.

He knew he tanked in the Philadelphia debate, but he was so irritated by the moderators -- and by having to stand next to Hillary again -- that he couldn’t summon a single merry dart.

Is he skittish around her because he knows that she detests him and he’s used to charming everyone? Or does he feel guilty that he cut in line ahead of her? As the husband of Michelle, does he know better than to defy the will of a strong woman? Or is he simply scared of Hillary because she’s scary?

He is frantic to get away from her because he can’t keep carbo-loading to relate to the common people.

In the final days in Pennsylvania, he dutifully logged time at diners and force-fed himself waffles, pancakes, sausage and a Philly cheese steak. He split the pancakes with Michelle, left some of the waffle and sausage behind, and gave away the French fries that came with the cheese steak.

But this is clearly a man who can’t wait to get back to his organic scrambled egg whites. That was made plain with his cri de coeur at the Glider Diner in Scranton when a reporter asked him about Jimmy Carter and Hamas.

“Why” he pleaded, sounding a bit, dare we say, bitter, “can’t I just eat my waffle?”

His subtext was obvious: Why can’t I just be president? Why do I have to keep eating these gooey waffles and answering these gotcha questions and debating this gonzo woman?

...just wait until he meets up with Maverick, who loathes him just as much but doesn't have to kowtow to his base.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2008 7:19 AM

This guy is such an embarrassing lightweight, soon Ayers and Wright will be denying they ever met him.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at April 23, 2008 8:16 AM

Obama is not so tough I think, a wimp in fact. I just wanna eat my waffle wa-wa.

Say what you want about your general sleaze bag pol, they are tough in the sense they understand what it takes to survive in the environment, and wouldn't care much about their waffle.

Who's the president who slept through his whole adminstration?

Posted by: Perry at April 23, 2008 9:03 AM

Hey, Dowd's actually not a bad writer. Something of a Michelle Malkin type, but with talent.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at April 23, 2008 10:13 AM

He can have the waffle. Hillary just wanted to drink his milkshake.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 23, 2008 1:12 PM

"Smash the ball over the net"?

Posted by: todderchek at April 23, 2008 1:38 PM