In Honor of the Boondocks Premier…

04May10

An anti-dickridin’ Obama post. In case you missed the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (an already deplorable exercise in a time of economic and ecology disaster), Obama had to go there:

“Jonas Brothers are here, they’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking?”

First: Dude, one of them is married. The rest have famously promised to remain virgins until marriage. But really, the thing about the joke is that Obama actually has killed a lot of innocent people with Predator Drones. Their efficacy has already come under question because they have been cited as a reason for the increased insurgency in Afghanistan. Most fathers that jokingly threaten attempted boyfriends generally haven’t killed anyone with a shotgun. Furthermore, why not just say “the secret service is watching” or something a little more benign.

It’s always awkward, as a liberal, to critique Obama. It’s not so much that I feel pressure about it from other liberals; actually I don’t at all. It’s the idea that I’m opening up an opportunity to take one reasonable critique and turn it into something else. For example, there are issues where I think Obama genuinely does nor or did not “get it.” Reports leaked earlier in his presidency that the president was genuinely surprised that he was having trouble mustering support for his stimulus bill. He was surprised to be heckled by those in favor of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell–one of the few issues that has broad support in both parties. In case one needed a reminder of those in opposition of the policy, I turn to GOP congressional candidates Ron Kirkland and Randy Smith:

Kirkland, a Vietnam veteran, said of his time in the military: “I can tell you if there were any homosexuals in that group, they were taken care of in ways I can’t describe to you.

Smith, who served in the first Iraqi war, added: “I definitely wouldn’t want to share a shower with a homosexual. We took care of that kind of stuff, just like (Kirkland) said.”

Make no mistake: these candidates are in favor of harassment, at the very least if not far worse, of people who put their lives on the line for this country. It’s disgusting; the fact Obama has not moved to provide equal rights to GLBT people in the military, at best is troubling and shows a profound disconnect.

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My critiques of Obama come in the context of what I think has been a largely successful presidency. His ability to accomplish so much in the face of fierce opposition only adds to his allure as a politician. That said, people, especially politicians, are a mixed bag. Even my favorite president ever, FDR, had Japanese Internment camps. Johnson had Vietnam. Jefferson owned slaves, and fathered children by them. The list goes on. And I’m sure conservatives have critiques of their hero presidents—Reagan’s amnesty policy comes to mind, as does W.’s expansion of the deficit. But the point needs to be emphasized–just because we support a politician, doesn’t mean we don’t have our own ideals.

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