Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Real Deal

I've said from the beginning that I thought Barack Obama would be less ideological and more inclusive than most were expecting -- especially those on the right, with their theories of terrorist sympathizing, Marxism, radical leftism, stealth Islamism, hating America. But liberals, too.

Whatever else it might be, choosing Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation is a bold statement; and a bit startling, disquieting even to me.

It will surprise no one to hear I'd be happiest were there no invocation at all. Barring that, a self-important, mega-churched, evangelical gay-rejecter would not be my first through hundredth choice. Nor that of several others. On the other hand, it'll be Joseph E. Lowery giving the benediction. To that, I find myself looking forward.

Meanwhile, as he assembles a cabinet of people experienced and smart, but mainly of the middle, having now perturbed both lefties and righties with choices such as Vilsack and Holder, PEBO has been making good on his intention to reach out to the other side of the aisle.

More than ever, I'm convinced he's precisely what this country needs at this precarious time. The real deal.* The question is whether Congress -- so many idiots in such a small space -- will rise to the occasion. It's gonna be a hell of an interesting ride.

* a bluesy cultural reference to the title photo.



  1. Seriously Sid, do they have Alzheimers Screening in the Pacific Northwest? 2 of those Congressional Idiots are gonna be his Chief of Staff and Secretary of State...but you are right, just what the Country needs, a Strong Rejector of Same Sex Marriage!!!Might even get my vote in O-12

  2. I believe the President-Elect's choice of Rick Warren can be likened to a spoonful of sugar. He knows he will be asking many conservatives to stretch so much, he chose Warren as a show of respect for their beliefs.

  3. Lacy: I was thinking the same thing.

    More specifically, this quote came to mind:

    "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer"

  4. Point of order:

    Buddy Guy in an interview once called Stevie Ray Vaughan "the real real deal."

  5. Patrick: and he may be right. Although, one of the many times I've heard Buddy live, when he was introduced the term was, "And now, ladies and gentlemen, the real fuckin' deal..."

  6. Wow--and BO had such great judgment at one time. And now he's already let you down. Didn't you know all about him and what great choices he'd make? And now...all gone. Even before he was sworn in. A shame.

  7. anon: funny how you consistently misread me. It's almost as if.... naw, not you!


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