Monday, May 3, 2010

We Still Live In Someone Else's Psychosis

After the whole nation (if not the whole world) having had to live within someone else's neurosis and psychosis for 8 years, I didn't have much illusion about the so-called "change" in November 2008. I just didn't expect it to be the change for the worse, so much worse.

The Commander in Chief turned Comedian in Chief on Saturday; the occasion was the White House Correspondents' Dinner. As reported by The Hill, the Comedian in Chief poked fun at a significant chunk of ordinary Americans, not just celebrities (like poor Jay Leno) and other politicians (like Sarah Palin and John McCain).

It turns out that it was the writers from the Daily Show who wrote the script for the prez.

Among Obama's targets for sarcasm:

  • Jay Leno ("only person whose ratings fell more than mine") [cheap shot from Jon Stewart people]
  • So-called "birthers" who question Obama's eligibility ("I know my approval ratings are still very high in the country of my birth"; "There are few things more important to find and harder to keep than love -- well, love and a birth certificate.") [Well, it is Obama himself who's been blocking the release of the long form.]
  • Jonas Brothers ("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?")
  • Health care "reform" bill opponents - more than half the country ("There aren't a few secret provisions in the healthcare plan. There are, like, hundreds.")
  • Eric Massa, who accused his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel of bullying him in the congressional shower room, stark naked ("To which I say, welcome to my world.")
Ahhh the predator drones. I remember it was one of the very first policies that Obama implemented right after he became the president: attack Pakistan with these drones, even if the US and Pakistan are supposedly allies. The drones continue to kill more civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan, bombing weddings, funerals, and day care centers.

But to me, the last one takes the cake. Exactly. That's his and Rahm's world alright. I just wonder if it is also the world of people who voted for him.

We're in someone else's psychosis, again.


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