The Air-Brushed President

The Anchoress began today with a great round-up, noting the difference between how left and right react in victory and defeat.

Dehumanizing people begins with baby-steps like name-calling, or the sort of intellectual dishonesty that delights in deliberately twisting the meaning of others in negative and misrepresentative ways. Those are the little gateways to the great evils that come once you’ve managed to thoroughly de-humanize others.

We’ve had 8 years – I’d say 12, really – of people demonizing and dehumanizing others, from both sides, and it is not getting us anyplace good. I believe that the response of most of the right to Obama’s victory is a step toward changing that. But the left has to do their part, too.

Pope Benedict XVI said, “those who hope live differently.” The election of Barack Obama was borne on this word, “Hope.”

If the people who voted for “hope” were sincere, then let them begin, today, to embrace it – and to live differently – without the kneejerk move to hate “the other side.” The right, responding levelly to their defeat, has offered the opening. Will the left take it?

Only time will tell if the left can grow out of their perpetual adolescence.

Ghost of a Flea has an interesting take on Obama’s “promised” transparency. What exactly is he hiding?

The refusal of the Obama campaign to release records any American has to provide to secure employment is a puzzler: Obama promises “change” and “hope” and transparency.

As far as tone, his first appointment is unsettling. Captain F Bomb is well-known in political circles as being, well, prickly and exceptionally vulgar, even by DC standards. Sounds like Chicago business-as-usual instead of unity and change, pixie dust and unicorns. With this kind of start, is he putting rewarding cronies above what is best for America? Does he understand that being “Presidential” means putting the country’s interests before his own?

Regardless, now that he will be handing out Cabinet positions to his posse of handlers, I wonder who gets the WH makeup gig. Tuesday night, during his victory celebration, he looked practically air-brushed. So slick, he’s Teflon. Siggy:

Obama offers Democrats a national ‘makeover,’ painless, without surgery, without risk and without a recuperative period. Overnight, some Democrats believed that American beauty would be restored and that American beauty would sway men and women all over the world.

(That is not to say that some leftists want to make America the global whore, dressed up and servile however anyone likes. In the real world, it is the johns who pay for the services of the whore. In the world of many leftists, America must pay for the privilege of being that whore.)

What they don’t want to tell you is that they desperately want to be loved not for they are they are, but rather for who they look like. They don’t want to be looked at for their values but instead want to be worshiped for their willingness to please- and Hillary simply would not do.

Too bad Michelle’s stylist didn’t do as well. That dress. Ugly and unflattering – no matter that it is the hubster’s favorite color and subliminally sends Marxist death rays into everyone’s brain.

Never a fiscal wizard, he paid 10-1 what McCain paid. I guess he doesn’t shop at WalMart, either. No arugula.

Hopefully they both will get the on-the-job training they so desperately need. I certainly hope so – in two months they will be the face of America to the world, whether we like it or not.

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