Friday, November 5, 2010

Kanye West and George Bush

For the record, I am not a Kanye West fan. I think the brother is talented, but his talent is dwarfed by his oversized ego. Furthermore, his ill tempered rants (in particular, grabbing the mic from Taylor Swift in order to express his deluded thoughts on why she did not deserve to win over Beyonce at the 2009 VMAs) are reprehensible.

In acknowledgement of the above, I was absolutely floored by former President Bush's revelation, in his soon to be released memoir, exclaiming that West's off script rant in the aftermath of Katrina (during a televised fundraiser) - "President Bush don't care about black people" - was his "all time" lowest moment in his presidency.


His all time low wasn't 911, the worst terrorist attack on American soil that happened on his watch.

It wasn't his failure in Iraq, in which thousands lost their life in a futile effort to find manufactured WMD.

It wasn't even the suffering people endured post Katrina while waiting for a virtually non-responsive federal government.

It wasn't even the near collapse of the American economy/banking system that resulted in trillions of lost investment dollars, millions of lost jobs and millions of families losing their homes.

Nope...former President Bush's low point was when Kanye "Never Miss a Grand Opportunity to Embarrass Himself" West, hurt his feelings.

Wow, Mr. Bush, stay a private citizen and please don't leave your ranch. President Obama is currently catching hell because the country is pissed off about the mess you left and because he can't fix in two years what took you and your cronies eight years to mess up.

We do not need your memoirs to remind us about low moments in your failed presidency...we are currently still suffering through them.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Voter Rage

You would have to be living in a cave to not have heard about the political whooping received by President Obama and the Congressional Democrats. The GOP reclaimed the majority in the House and almost gained control of the Senate.

Many pundits are asking who is the blame or just flat out blaming Obama for this voter repudiation. However, my perspective or take on this recent turn of events (one that I share with my many progressive friends and associates) is quite different.

After two years of passing historic legislation (for the middle-class) on Health Care Reform, Stimulus Package, Wall Street Reform; and, saving the American car industry as well as our economy from a Great Depression - I believed that confidence in President Obama would be soaring.

I mistakenly thought middle America would reward the Democrats and Obama for reversing eight years of Bush/Cheney failures. My commonsense lead me to take for granted that the average American citizens understood we would not reap overnight the benefits from programs and legislation championed by Obama and the Dems.

My bad...I stand corrected.