by Max Brantley
President Obama told Congress he was ready to stand up to the liars and obstructionists. But is he? NY Times columnist Charles Blow wonders:
Seven times in his speech, he began his thoughts with the words “I will not. ...” I will not back down. ... I will not let up. ... I will not waste time. ... I will not stand by. ... And, I will not accept the status quo. Boom boom pow.
It was interesting, but an affectation. The president wears outrage like another man’s suit. It doesn’t quite fit. He’s a hand-patter, not a knuckle-rapper. A mollifier was what the country needed in the waning days of W., but is it what we need right now?
On the campaign trail, candidate Obama was fond of saying “this is our time,” but the question is: Is it his?
He’s an idealist in an age of cynicism, a conciliator at a time of cleaving. He strives to appeal to a dwindling body of better angels in an increasingly bifurcated country. It’s noble and inspirational, but will it be effective?
Against the party of Joe Wilson, teabaggers, presidential speech gun toters and other assorted fruitcakes, the answer is already clear.