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September 7, 2010

Obama: It’s a Dog’s Life

…PEOPLE TRY TO PULL ME DOWN
THEY TALK ABOUT ME LIKE A DOG
TALKIN’ ABOUT THE CLOTHES I WEAR
BUT THEY DON’T REALIZE THEY’RE THE ONES WHO’S SQUARE

– from “Stone Free” by Jimi Hendrix

Did Obama’s off-the-cuff remark on Monday seem spontaneous to you? The facial expression seemed real enough.

The president’s silence at racial and religious attacks is taken for granted by friend and foe. Real or not, “They talk about me like a dog,” whether a reference to general abuse; the Hendrix lyric; or a biblical allusion to the contemptuous, lowly dog and punctuated by an extra large cross on the supporter behind Obama to his upper left, the comment may have earned the president entry to the Ronald Reagan Hall of Potent Asides.

Or maybe we’re asking one remark to do too much.

  • http://agrippinaminor.com/scarabus/ Wayne Dickson

    It sounded like an allusion. Thanks for pinning it down.

  • Megan

    Maybe I spend too much time thinking about climate change, but I can’t help notice the generational divide in the picture. Of course it is only an artifact of the instant the picture was snapped (and perhaps children’s shorter attention spans), but the adults are grinning and the children are somber. They’re looking at a far grimmer future, and not hearing the conversation that will fix it. They don’t care about working now.

    At least Pres. Obama isn’t manhandling them the way former Pres. Bush used to.

  • tinwoman

    Is he just now waking up to everything that’s been going on outside the bubble wherein he’s a super gifted whiz kid? Is he finally getting it, that there are people who would like to kill him based on his skin color?

    • Marie

      I don’t think he’s been unaware at all. I think he’s chosen to mostly ignore or not engage with hatred that is directed at him. There will always be hatred out there. One can choose to focus ones energy on more positive pursuits.

  • thomas

    It’s a great line. And remember too that he described Bo the family dog as “a mutt, just like me.” False modesty is sort of a required put-on for anybody of rank, but this line has a sort of defiance to it that elevates it above just a gripe.

  • bill

    I also picked up on the fact the very sympathetic crowd cheered when he said this. Like it was a badge of honor. Like the Sermon on the Mount says, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

  • http://catinbag.blogspot.com Zoey & Me

    It bothered me at first. Then what hit me was the question behind the statement: when did it become OK again to be a racist and bigot in America? That’s really what he feels and it’s very unfortunate for all America.

  • Chris

    “…when did it become OK again to be a racist and bigot in America?”

    The backlash against the supposed tyranny of Political Correctness is out of all proportion to the imaginary censorship. It is used as an excuse to spew hatred by those desperately clinging to their priveledge (sic). I’m not convinced it’s ever been less than OK even if it slips in and out of vogue.
    Those microphones remind me of some kind of Transformer Mickey Mouse logo.

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