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Obama’s “Star Power” Is Tarnishing His Legacy

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

I did not see the televised speech Obama gave at the memorial service for the six people gunned down in Arizona, but my dad did, and the first thing he said to me about it was, “I just don’t get it. Here this memorial service is supposed to be about the shooting victims, and everyone’s making it sound like it’s all about Obama’s speech. I just don’t get it.”

That’s right–what was supposed to be a respectful service in memory of six innocent people got turned into a star turn for Obama.  My dad isn’t the only person who noticed.  Apparently the media and the White House staff have decided to toss aside sensitivity and–you’ll never guess–focus on making Obama look good (you gotta be kiddin’ me!)  Do the people in charge of Obama’s PR really think no one will find this inappropriate?

At least the speech itself was, according to all reports, quite good and appropriate for the occasion.  This wasn’t the only time Obama has had to deliver a speech in regards to a shooting disaster, and the last time it went embarassingly awry.  Some of you may recall that a few hours after the Ft. Hood shooting Obama also took to the airwaves–and started it by thanking staffers and even giving a “shout-out.” It was jarringly inappropriate.

This prompted an article on nbcchicago.com deploring Obama’s seeming disconnection with the solemnity of the occasion.   That’s right, even NBC was able to see that.  Why couldn’t Obama?  That went far beyond scoring political points.  I’m still scratching my head.

This time, at least, he did not give any shout-outs.  Still, the memorial service was not supposed to be focused so much on him (and yes, I know he’s the president and all) but on the victims.  This is why I think that this spotlight on Obama will probably not become the most praiseworthy thing about his legacy.  And yes, the speech was good.~

Some thoughts on the past decade, pt. 2. Now with Uggs!

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ll bet that people from the Middle Ages times would think to themselves, “What will life be like in the year 2000?”  Perhaps rumors flew the fastest in the earlier part of the 20th century (the advent of the industrial age).  There were quite a few guesses on what the futuristic world of 2000 would be like.   Apparently, it was generally agreed that it would be something like this:

y22kImage5.jpg image by sezlez369

I must say that the truth is decidedly disappointing.

Then again, our own modern predictions on what the future will be like have often proved to be just as erroneous:

(No offense to the King of Pop here by the way–truly.)

So here’s a top five list of what I think are the most important events of the 2000s:

  1. September 11, 2001.
  2. Terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
  3. 2001’s September attack in NYC
  4. World Trade Center attack in 2001
  5. The destruction of the Two Towers and deaths of 3,000 people.

I think that pretty much sums it up. 

But what about other important events?  When people look back and think “2000s” (or “00s” or “aughties” or what have you–we’ll probably never decide on a name) what will they think of?  Here’s five other momentous occasions in recent history, mainly dealing with the U.S.:

  1. The capture of Saddam Hussein
  2. Hurricane Katrina (and the other hurricanes)
  3. The Iraq/Afghanistan occupations
  4. The election of Barack Hussein Obama
  5. The death of Michael Jackson

Speaking of the King of Pop…no. 5 may seem a little odd, in regards to the other items, but his impact on popular music is with us forever, and his death was worldwide front-page news.  I can’t think of any other popstar so big that his funeral would warrant LIVE coverage on all the major networks.  Unbelievable.  We may never see that again in our lifetimes.

And now for the fun stuff:  trends.  Here’s what I will always remember:

  1. iPods and mp3s
  2. Stick-straight layered hair and side-swept bangs
  3. Emos
  4. Hip-hop
  5. Uggs
  6. Flared jeans
  7. “Going Green”
  8. Crocs (regrettably)
  9. “Natural” looking makeup
  10. Reality TV (namely, American Idol)

All in all, with the exception of a few completely nonsensical trends (as in the case of the reviled, hated, horrible, and dippy-looking Crocs), I think fashion took a turn for the better.  There was more interest in flattering the figure and finding the best hairstyle for your face shape, and hairstyles in general were more polished.  Makeup showed off the natural beauty of women’s features, rather than coating them with goop (that’s right, early 90s).  Yes, some guys wore stupid baggy pants that let their underwear show, but the general preference for looser slacks instead of fitted pants for guys was an improvement.  (I’m looking at you, 80s, cesspool of all that was unattractive!) 

I could add more, such as the obsession with “dewy” skin and having a “sun-kissed glow” (while hysterically telling women to STAY OUT OF THE SUN!!!) and the “tousled beach waves” hairstyle that’s still in.  But I think we get the picture.

There is so much I could say about movies and music that why not leave it for another blog post?  Alright, then, if you wish, then I will. ~