31 October 2009

RE: the Nobel Prize, from Garrison Keillor in Salon.......

"Some conservative pundit suggested that the president should've declined the prize, but it is not gracious to reject a compliment, one should accept it with becoming modesty, as Mr. Obama did, that's what your mother brought you up to do. The prize isn't about you, it's about Peace, or Literature, or Homecoming, or Champion Hog, or Male Vocalist of the Year, so walk up there and smile for the cameras, say thank you and sit down.
The wailing and gnashing of teeth that you hear among Republicans is 68 percent envy and 32 percent sour grapes. Here is an idealistic, articulate young president who is enormously popular everywhere in the world except in the states of the Confederacy, and here sit the 28 percent of the American people who still thought Mr. Bush was doing a heckuva job at the end, gnashing their teeth, hoping and praying for something horrible to happen such as an infestation of locusts or the disappearance of the sun, something to make the president look bad, which is not a good place for a political party to be, hoping for the country to slide into chaos. When you bet against America, you are choosing long odds"
I still don't get wishing the other guy would fail. It is un-American. We elect a man for four years, and then we  live with it. Some of us are happy with the situation, some aren't. And in four years, it changes again. I think we should all be pleased that the rest of the world has stopped hating us for a few minutes.........and amybe think about why they think President Obama is such a big deal.

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