Obama giving speech on patriotism
As I type, Obama is giving a speech on the meaning of patriotism. This coincides with an absolutely fascinating article in todays Washington Post about one city in Ohio where the false rumors about Obama have reached a sort of critical mass (the rumor that Barrys a homosexual is new to me but may serve to cement Dans fantastic assertion that Michelle is the new gay icon).
The article focuses on one citizen who is having trouble reconciling the Barack Obama he reads about in the newspaper with the scary Muslim radical described on the Internet and through word of mouth. Its a problem that Im starting to see even in my own living room; my roommates were discussing Obamas strict Muslim faith the other evening and both were amazed when I told them that he denies these rumors.
(continued) Its one thing to not believe Obamas denial of these rumors, its another thing to think that hes actually confirmed them. So perhaps this speech is necessary. Id like to think that were all smarter than this, but maybe we arent. Look what happened to John Kerry, and John McCain before him.
I would watch Obamas speech but my boss just moved her office across from the TV, which Im afraid may actually be a direct result of my having dropped everything and encouraging others to do the same to watch the coverage of Tim Russerts memorial service. Meg Boyle: Employee of the Year.