The Real Deal
On Day One, Obama Sets a New Tone - NYTimes.com
“Starting today,” Mr. Obama said, “every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.”
Okay. Here’s the deal. I’m breaking my general, radio silence about the Obama thing. Partly, because the election (and the ungodly not-funny, not-interesting “coverage” thereof) basically destroyed my soul for six months. Partly because (yeah, I’m sorry I have to admit this), I had a lot of concerns (some very disturbing) that this man would never make it to getting sworn in. And I didn’t want to jinx it.
I have a feeling this guy may be the real deal. Seriously.
I’m still annoyed by the goddamn posters and hats and songs and freeform hagiography about a Chicago politician who’s still a civil servant and a human being. But, I also have a feeling this civil servant’s got the stones to see reality and remind people what it means. And to tell people in unapologetic terms what the deal is going to be to start unravelling a lot of fundamental brokenness.
I also predict that he’s going to disappoint an unbelievable number of people who’d like to think he’s all-powerful Zeus with a secret pack of smokes and that tidy haircut. But, y’know, maybe honest, un-shiny, and difficult-to-productize disappointment is exactly what we need right now. Instead, of eight years of empty boxes and flag stickers.
Maybe what we really need is somebody to tell us it’s time to grow up, to think about how the rest of the world operates, and to accept that being a country of adults means doing a ton of insanely hard work and making sacrifices where not everybody wins.
Thing is, I’m supporting an honest, level-headed man who seems to care about doing a good job and telling people the truth. But, I’m not supporting a poster. It’s posters we need a shit-ton less of right about now.