A friend of this blog (can I say who?) emailed me this story, with the comment I don’t know if this will make you happier with Obama, but I don’t think it’ll make you angrier.
Obama Calls for More Responsibility From Black Fathers – NYTimes.com
Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, who sat in the front pew, Mr. Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, laid out his case in stark terms that would be difficult for a white candidate to make, telling the mostly black audience not to â€œjust sit in the house watching â€˜SportsCenter,â€™ â€ and to stop praising themselves for mediocre accomplishments.
â€œDonâ€™t get carried away with that eighth-grade graduation,â€ he said, bringing many members of the congregation to their feet, applauding. â€œYouâ€™re supposed to graduate from eighth grade.â€
My reply back follows:
I’m glad Obama believes an 8th grade education is an expected
accomplishment, not an achievement.
A statement by McCain that not littering, say, is an expected
accomplishment, not an achievement. would show equal “bravery.”
If Obama wanted to actually speak “truth to power,” he could have said
the same thing about a 12th grade education. But he didn’t.
Still, signs are pointing to incompetence and incuriosity (similar to
Bush), rather than a coherent a realistic leftism. I’d take Bush III
over Carter II any day.
Though I guess I exaggerated in one bit: Bush has been vocally dismissive of the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” Obama embraces it, by apparently setting his “expectation” as low as possible.