My Hero!

April 29, 2011

goofy staged photo-opWhile doing research for work, I ran across this picture on the Web site of the Council on Environmental Quality.  

A number of commentators have remarked on President Obama’s tendency to try to stay aloof and detached from the details of crafting policy, preferring to wait until members of Congress have done the hard work and then either jump on the bandwagon or criticize them for doing it wrong (e.g., in the health-care debate a couple of years ago, and in the budget debate now).

So I love this picture:  Even when they’re staging a goofy, contrived photo-op, President Obama still comes off looking aloof and like someone who’s afraid to get his hands dirty.  The alternative text that appears if you hover the mouse over the picture (on the CEQ site) identifies him as a “CEQ Hero”.  Sure, look at how hard he’s working!

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12 Responses to “My Hero!”

  1. Steve Says:

    Is it jus me, or does that photo look like they’re trying to evoke the raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima?

  2. Snoodickle Says:

    Why do you criticize everything the man does? I yet to hear you say one nice thing about our President in the history of this blog.


  3. I think you have a strange idea of what this blog is. I certainly don’t criticize everything he does on this blog; as I made explicit a little while ago, I say very little on this blog, only a small subset of the thoughts that cross my mind on a small subset of what’s happening in the world.

    Given that, and also given that I disagree with 99% of what President Obama does, I think it would be exceedingly strange if one of the few things I said about him ended up being favorable. It could pretty much only happen if I went looking for it, if I went out of my way to report some chance agreement between him and me for the express purpose of proving that I don’t disagree with him on absolutely everything.

    Of course we needn’t say that I disagree with 99% of what he does, if we considerably expand the denominator we’re counting (instead of counting only the points in which he or liberalism is distinctive). He believes in eating breakfast; so do I. Or he confines himself (more or less) to the legitimate powers of the executive branch; so do conservative presidents. And so on. If we measured in some such way, perhaps we could say that I agree with him 90% of the time, but those agreements would be unremarkable, and I don’t know why I would be blogging about them.

  4. Snoodickle Says:

    One nice thing please.


  5. Leroy, you are such a goofball! but sure, why not? Give me something favorable that one might say about President Obama, and I’ll agree with it.

  6. Snoodickle Says:

    He’s a brilliant man, a wonderful father, and loving husband.


  7. As to the second and third points, I wouldn’t know. Perhaps you should ask his wife to “say something nice about him” on this blog.

    As to the first, it depends on what you mean. If you’re thinking of IQ, sure, he went to Harvard Law; I’m sure he’s in the top 2% of the population for intelligence. If you mean something less easily quantified about his insight and judgment, and you want my opinion, honestly, I’m not impressed.

  8. Snoodickle Says:

    George W. Bush, after carelessly allowing the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, had seven years to kill this man and couldn’t. Of course, I don’t anticipate you’ll be making a post about this news, as it casts President Obama in too favorable a light.

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/01/bin-laden-dead-u-s-official-says/?hp


  9. Well, since you insist!


  10. […] by our military and intelligence down into petty partisanship, but inasmuch as there are partisans on the other side who see this as an opportunity to score political points for President Obama, and against President […]


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