Them Apples

26Sep08

The debate isn’t the big thing that came true. Word is there will be a bailout plan completed over the next few days.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that negotiations over a proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan is back on track and lawmakers
would work through the weekend to pass a plan.

Apparently wanting a break from the important stories they’ve been covering this week, the mainstreams are looking for sexier storylines. Which has the New York Times wondering, is he just too cool?

However forceful and passionate Mr. Obama can be, his speeches and public appearances this week have underscored how he is sometimes out of sync with the visceral anger of Americans who are losing their jobs and homes. He often talks about growing up on food stamps and about having paid off his student loans only recently, yet his tone and volume, body language, facial expressions and words convey a certain distance from the ache that many voters feel.

Call me crazy, but I think “cool” is just code for “black.” Isn’t it obvious that the Times is injecting race into the conversation?

“People want presidents who lead and relate to them — they don’t want
presidents who analyze and seem above it all,” said G. Terry Madonna, a pollster
and director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin &
Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. “Obama still comes across as dispassionate to
the point of coolness. He is so comfortable in his own skin, he can be hard to
connect with for people who are struggling.”

When they say, “People want presidents who lead and relate to them,” are they really saying, “People want presidents who don’t have Muslim names.” It sounds like hate mongering.

For Mr. Obama, the financial crisis poses different risks. He wants to
appear fired up over the economy, but he has written before about wanting to
avoid appearing like a stereotypical angry black man. Unlike Jesse
Jackson
, the Rev. Al Sharpton and other black leaders whose fulminations could scare white voters, Mr. Obama is not from and of New York, Detroit, or the segregated South; he grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia. To some degree Mr. Obama faces the opposite challenge from fiery black leaders who came before him: Is he too cool for a crisis like this one?

See – I knew it!



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