Viewing him now on TV in his promise-not-realized persona made me both sad for what might have been and angry for letting myself believe in the TV imagery of a night in Grant Park in November.Almost enough to make you cry. Almost. Except I saw all this coming (look back over my election coverage in 2008). As the title says: Another Rube Self Identifies.
Knowing something about shared memory and the way the national psyche intersects with media, I believe millions of viewers like me unconsciously associate the Obama they now see on TV spinning and dodging and looking like a worried man with the giant they thought they saw in 2008 -- the one we kept comparing to Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan as great media presidents.
I admit I thought he was a going to be a great TV president -- in fact, the last great TV president, the book end to JFK, given the way media were headed.
But I now know I was looking at neither greatness nor the end of the TV Era.
Of course he fails to identify the core problem. His belief in socialism. I'm referring to the reporter of course. ∅bama I already knew about.
You will always have the rubes among you.
Which is why we will always have con men among us. Predator. Prey. Oddly I prefer to be neither.