When watching this clip:
...I was struck most by Maher's remark about how used we are now to having a president who's so much stupider than all of us. And what was our reaction to having such a president? Well, over time we learned to accept just about anything he did. Kind of like Bush was the weather. We gave up in frustration and became content to mock him toothlessly for his idiotic acts and speech. But it was never seriously considered that these might in themselves be disqualifications, even leaving aside the entire illegal nature of his presidency and its inception(we've been under occupation for nearly 8 years, and there's no sense describing it any other way anymore).
Obama's bar of success is a pretty low one. I was struck too along these lines by both the reaction to his lack of fuck-ups during his campaign, and to his and his wife's very normal demeanor in their 60 Minutes interview last night. The consensus appears to be an amazement at--what? That Obama is a normal, intelligent human being? That his understanding what most sensible people do about what's wrong with this country, and what is really important, makes him a genius?
When did it become a surprising thing to have a recognizable, competent human adult as our leader? Isn;t that how it's supposed to be? How much of a spell have the Bush gang had us under all this time?
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