Obama's "Open Administration"
May. 13th, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
In the midst of pulling a "Bush" and not release photos of prisoner abuse by American soldiers (using the Dick Cheney argument that releasing them will hurt the troops), Obama has made clear what his promise of an "Open Administration" will be. He hosted a "Poetry Jam" at the WH, where Michelle Obama introduced the event as an example of how the Obama administration will be open. It's worth noting that Laura Bush tried to host a "Poetry Reading" (as we white people call it) but Cheney/Rove made her husband make her cancel it because some of the poets scheduled to read were openly against the Iraq war. A cynic would note that none of the poets invited to Obama's "Poetry Jam" were openly for the Iraq war.|
So when Obama said he'd have an open admistration, he didn't mean he'd release information and not abuse the state secrets privilege. He merely meant he'd allow some poets to talk in the East Room of the White House for 45 minutes. Other examples of Obama's "open administration" include:
...the Obamas have played host to bagpipe and mariachi bands, Irish fiddlers and poets, pop stars and jazz singers. Performers have included Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett and Fergie, the singer from the Black Eyed Peas. Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer-Prize winning poet from Northern Ireland, has recited his verses. The rocker Sheryl Crow and the rhythm and blues singer Alicia Keys have entertained cheering crowds in the East Room.
Now, it could be that "open administration" means two different things. The way it's been used by Obama during the presidential campaign was to mean not being unduly secretive; that is, not being like the Bush Administration. Now it's possible that he's using the phrase "open administration" to mean a wide diversity of people will be invited to the White House. It's my understanding only one speaker (Michael Chabon) at the Poetry Jam was white, while everyone else (including Chabon's wife) was "diverse" (do we really need to continue use this lame euphamism now that we have a "diverse" president?). Okay, more minorities will be invited to events at the White House. Whatever... do we really need an affirmative action program to govern White House invitations?
The problem with this dual usage of the phrase "open administration" is the likelihood for equivocation by the Obama Administration. When he's accused of not having an open administration because of refusing to release certain photos, Obama and his supporters will say "not true, we have an open administration - we just had a Poetry Jam!" It sounds like a moronic thing to say, but that's what public discourse is like these days (by way of example, yesterday on MSNBC (on "Hardball") I heard a member of the Republican-Christian Party say "waterboarding is okay because it's done to Navy Seals during their training." He said it with a straight face, too. If you don't see the problem with that statement, you should be dragged out into the street and shot.
As a side note, it's funny that every news report about this story inclues the caveat that it's a "Poetry Jam" and not a "Poetry Slam" - how hip of them.
|Date:||July 4th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)|| |
Now that Bushbama has pulled another W. stunt and refused to release WH VISITOR LOGS, we won't be able to find out who comes over to the WH, however "diverse" their ethnic backgrounds may be. What the fuck is this? It's the WH VISITOR'S LOG, for christ's sake. Someone's gonna try to spin the diversity factor and say "Now the WH is colorblind," but the operative part of that word is BLIND. In continuing to keep Americans in the dark, we're not "colorblind," we're just blind.
Screw Obama. I said I'd give him a year, but after infinite detention, and the continuation of all the other repugnant Bush-era policies, plus the fact that he's pretty much reneged on his entire campaign of "change" makes me DONE with Obama. He'll have to wow me big time to win me back, if that's even possible (doubt it.)
"Yes We Can*"
*Do nothing positive, pander to RC's, push the country backward instead of forward, keep Dick Cheney's testimony secret, keep torture memos secret, keep prisoner abuse pictures secret, continue war in Iraq, continue war in Afghanistan, continue drug war, continue rendition, propose indefinite detention (I now feel like I'm living in a horrendous version of 1984,Kafka's writings on the power of the state and the AI-esque era of "pre-crime.") I'm going to stop before I wanna cry or puke.
I had so much hope for Obama's administration, so much that I worked my ass off for the DNC in triple-digit heat, so much that I played too many tiny benefit concerts to count, so much that I felt a genuine sense of awe to have him earnestly question me about the drug war and the war on doctors and patients while he "fell off the wagon" with me in an Austin hotel atrium. He seemed like such an eloquent, gentle, decent, intelligent human being, and that made me so happy when he was elected, and that's why I'm so sad now. I'm also extremely angry, because Obama IS intelligent, and a damn good lawyer, which means he knows EXACTLY what he's doing.
Your brother from a "diverse" mother
|Date:||July 4th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)|| |
Re: I'm through
like I said, i've already given up on him. He's a well-spoken, swarthy Bush-Palin, nothing more. Biggest disappointment of the 21st century (bush was horrible but nobody had expectations of him... well actually I guess I did... I voted for him in the 2000 election, but that's technically still the 20th century).
What I wonder is if Obama has always been this way or if some super-powerful illuminati-type people got to him and forced him to be another Bush.
|Date:||July 5th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: I'm through
What I wonder is if Obama has always been this way or if some super-powerful illuminati-type people got to him and forced him to be another Bush."
I think that's more probable. Look at his speeches and voting record as a Representative, Senator and what he said during the campaign.
The Hicks scenario of the 12 jackfucks who really run this country putting Barack in a room and showing him an alternate angle of the JFK assassination- from the Grassy Knoll, afterwards asking, "Any questions?" seems quite plausible.