The Writer I Want To Be When I Grow Up

Mark Morford, telling it:

Do you allow yourself, even now, to feel any sort of ongoing, relieved, merciful joy that Barack Obama actually is sitting in the Big Chair in the White House? That this elegant, articulate, Zen-like man whose integrity is rock-solid and whose ideas, while certainly not in perfect alignment with every ultra-lefty vision on the planet (clean coal? Please), are astonishingly ambitious and brave, is leading this nation during one of the worst economic times in its short and paroxysmal history?

Or do you say whatever, sorry, no time for that. Everything’s plummeting and jobs are dying and (in my case, certainly) the industry you’ve worked for your entire career is gasping its last breath, and therefore, melancholy and dread and panic are the only truly appropriate responses, because I don’t care how great the guy is, any smile that might cross my face when I see him gets immediately wiped out as soon as I ponder my 401k?

11 Responses to “The Writer I Want To Be When I Grow Up”

  1. rbj

    Awesome.

  2. Blah

    I find the two issues (Obama and The Economy) – to be completely seperate. Get over it.

  3. rbj

    We are in a malaise. The issue is not Obama or the economy, it’s how we get out of our collective malaise.

  4. PensiveCyclist

    Being juxtaposed next to ‘The Decider’ only helps him look that much better.

    We still have a plutocracy- the system isn’t fixed yet.

  5. GW

    It’s an interesting exercise to compare the downward progress of the stock market with Obama’s political rise during the primaries and general election. Overlay the opinion polls, primary results, and Intrade election futures against the Dow and S&P. The correlations are striking. They track very closely to one another, and paint a not-so-flattering picture of the markets’ judgment of Mr. Obama. So far, the Obama administration has regrettably justified the markets’ pessimism. Let’s hope that changes.

    Also, LOL #3. I know the conservatives love to compare Obama to Carter, but that’s the first time I’ve seen one of his supporters do it. “Malaise” indeed.

  6. rbj

    GW – I’m not sure I understand what you are talking about and nor am I sure that you understood me. I wasn’t around during the Carter days. Apologies.

  7. Bill B

    Clean Coal looks like a good interim solution as we move to renewable sources – better than dirty coal.

    As a long term solution it sucks of course.

  8. Sivalinga

    Reduplicated echochambering of bogus dichotomy. False dilemma. Reductive binary. Either/or diversionary evasion. Compulsive misuse of the so-called ‘Law of the Excluded Middle’. More blithe, snarky, Plastic Cassandra soporific.

    “Visualize Door Number Three”

  9. Joshua

    GW, that’s an interesting interpretation of data. You could also look at it his way: as the market was going down due to a number of ECONOMIC POLICIES that didn’t work out so well in the long run, the American people felt stronger and stronger that Obama was the right person to tackle these issues.

  10. Matt the Engineer

    [Bill B], what exactly is clean coal? My interpretation is that it’s dirty coal with scrubbers to remove some toxins. That’s great for local populations, but absolutely terrible for our planet. Coal is an enemy to mankind. It’s global warming potential is huge, and keeping our planet from rapidly heating will require removing most of our coal plants quickly. Building new ones, even “clean” ones (that have the same CO2 output), will add new 50+ year carbon sources.

    If instead you interpret “clean coal” as being coal with carbon sequestration, well then you’re talking about something that does not and will not exist.

  11. Wes Kirkman

    GW seems to be under the assumption that markets have little to no delay time. I see the shat economy as a delayed reflection of crappy economic policies: increasing government spending (war) while reducing governments access to money (tax breaks for the richies). While expectations do factor into the state of the economy, I’d be surprised if they alone could undermine the whole economy without any delay at all. GW, your belief depends on a lot of loose assumptions. Better go refine your argument and come back to us.

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