On New Year’s weekend, all it took was one picture to set the right reeling. It began, as far as I can tell, with Glenn Reynolds, who compared Obama’s tux pic to Bush’s fighter jock “mission accomplished” stunt, but later upped the ante by posting another Obama shot, with this description: Just look at his masterful presence in this meeting with National Security staffer Denis McDonough in Hawaii.
Ann Althouse getting quickly to the James Bondian quote of one onlooker, which becomes a jumping off point for her analysis that Obama looks “tired.” What she writes from there is just too loopy to take seriously. With this part of her analysis revealing: People who like Obama are blinded to the way other people see him. This picture strongly says cool to people who love him, but it doesn’t read that way to others… including the many, many people who don’t even want a cool President.
Andrew Sullivan jumps on the “photo-smearing Obama” crew faster than you can say are these people crazy? Mr. Sullivan always there, even when he ends up sounding silly.
It illustrates one thing, whether people are haters or fans, Pres. Obama incites political insanity, proving that whatever notion he had about bringing the country together was simply a far flung hope, a dream, a fantasy.
People are tenacious in their hatreds.
Take just one email I received recently:
Taylor how does it feel to be called a white bitch by Obama supporters after your appearance on MSNBC? All the obots are lashing sexist, disgusting names at you. And that’s the kind of people you wanted to be associate with. You’re getting karma ten fold my friend. Admit you were wrong, join forces with Hillary supporters who are true progressives to save any last ounce of dignity you have left. – PUMAShouldHaveVotedHC
Mark and I had a good laugh over that one. As if people “lashing sexist, disgusting names” at me is anything new! (My hate mail page is 10 years old.)
Whether Puma or Obamabot, the partisanship attached to a political personality alone is pathetic. Where the person or political party takes precedence over issue and policy.
The only person today who comes close to mirroring Obama like disdain on the left is Sarah Palin, with the derangement towards her just as hot.
And none of this vitriol is political. It’s personal, because personality cults inspire people to popularity wars. The political gone Hollywood, which happened a long time ago, but something that was raised to a new level with Barack Obama’s candidacy, the same klieg light aura shining through his presidency.
With 2010 elections coming, a tiny foreshadowing of 2012 to come, it only gets rougher from here.