I have very mixed feelings about Barack Obama, which is strange. After 8 years, our opinions should be somewhat set.
On the one hand, he was certainly not what we hoped he would be. He continued Bush’s wars, continued Bush’s surveillance programs, continued Bush’s policy of low taxes for the rich, and failed to close Guantanamo.
On the other hand, he really did give a good speech, he passed Obamacare (which was not nothing), recognized Cuba, and had to put up with a lot of nonsense from the right. In fact, one reason I don’t criticize Obama so much is that I don’t want to make common cause with the right wing lunatics who are destroying the U.S. from the inside out like a malignant parasitic infection.
That doesn’t excuse everything, though. He was commander-in-chief. He could have closed Guantanamo if he’d really wanted to.
Anyway, tonight I want to blog about the portraits. Some people love ’em, some people hate ’em, and it’s pretty predictable which people are which. Sean Hannity said the artist who did Barack’s included secret pictures of sperm but, you know, Sean Hannity.
I don’t really care for Barack’s either. All that plant life around him, as if he was a huge friend of the environment. He wasn’t, so it was a weird pose, a weird statement to make.
I liked Michelle’s. Cool and understated. I suppose you have to view them as a team, but Michelle’s thing was planting a White House vegetable garden, and telling kids to exercise and eat healthy. As far as First Ladies go, she was one of the coolest.