...of how ridiculous we can look when we trip all over ourselves with "elevating" praise for mere fallible mortals.
[....]'s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but [...] is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.
No, that wasn't Ezra Klein waxing Olympian on Bill Clinton but rather Barack Obama back in 2008. You remember him, don't you? Obama that is.
What sounded ridiculous in January of 2008 is now patently absurd and discredits Klein with whom his politics we disagree is still a talented writer who should absolutely know better.
Lest you think we are gloating over this whole sad debacle we are not. A landfill's worth of Wikileak documents cannot match the damage done and exhibit a detachment and impotence in the office of the Presidency that the press conference did on Friday.
Here's Roger Simon:
It’s easy enough for conservatives, libertarians, et al, to gloat about Barack Obama’s recent petulant, child-like performances — at first unable to be even slightly gracious in compromise with Republicans on the tax bill and then, only a few days later, fleeing in panic when Clinton acted the real president, fielding questions with a relaxed authority so surpassing Obama’s it was almost comical.
But there is a bigger reason not to gloat. We are stuck with this odd duck for another two years at minimum and now everyone, the entire world really, knows what he is like. They also know, if they have been paying the slightest attention, the etiology of his behavior: the man never had to face serious adversity until he was elected POTUS. And now he can’t deal with it. He’s the very model of Harry Truman’s famous advice about getting out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat. Obama was out of the White House briefing room the second he realized he was being outclassed by Clinton. And, boy, was he ever!
We need a leader and don’t have one. This is extremely bad news for our country, especially now.