January 21, 2009

A SHEEP IN WOLF'S NOMER:

Obama inauguration: A new tone. No more fake optimism for the people (Naomi Wolf, 1/21/09, The Guardian)

I know that Barack Obama is incredibly smart, and it's not that I'm surprised that he gave a fantastic speech. But I've been following American politics for a long time, and sometimes you see something that works on so many levels that you kind of have to gasp at its sophistication.

This speech marked a sharp line in the sand, breaking overtly with the past administration. That message was clear and intentional. It is a much more confrontational approach than ­inauguration speeches have typically been in America. I am overjoyed.

I thought Obama did three things impressively. [...]

Thirdly, most amazingly, I feel that he dialled down the threat level of the US with just a few sentences. He reached out a hand to the Muslim world. For Obama to say, "I'm not going to demonise you" – that is extraordinarily stabilising.


We'll have to put this one to a vote: is that the most ignorant thing you've ever read in a newspaper or only a strong contender? Regardless, it's a spectacularly inane instance of the "Bitch Wanted It" defense of al Qaeda where we're all the willing rapees.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2009 7:36 AM
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