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  •  Reaction does matter. This kind of disaster (2+ / 0-)
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    simply calls for a different response. More reason, less passion.

    •  More presence (5+ / 0-)

      I think that necessity is finally getting through.

      What is called for in the diary is completely appropriate. Not passion or emotion, but facts and truth (not necessarily the exact same thing.)

      Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without - W S Coffin

      by stitchmd on Sun May 30, 2010 at 08:25:09 AM PDT

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      •  I agree wholeheartedly. (2+ / 0-)
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        I also very much agree with the diary that we shouldn't be mixing up what led up with the disaster with anything that may happen as we try to fix it.

      •  Disagree (0+ / 0-)

        We need the passion and emotion from our president. If I lived on the Gulf Coast I'd be damn near in hysterics by now and deeply,deeply depressed. Katrina flattened everything for hundreds of miles. So much was destroyed and much has not been restored.

        And now THIS?????

        An oil spill that could basically kill all ocean and marsh life completely in the Gulf. An oil spill/exploding leak/gushing leak that could ruin the beaches for people?

        If Obama was weeping and foaming at the mouth and swearing and screaming...at this point we would all understand.

        I want to see Obama mad as a hornet, cross, involved and after BP every single day. And tell us what is being done every day to fix and clean the spill. I want to see his face every day,see him weekly at the Gulf and watch him have a press conference at least twice a week. We can't have too much of him right now.

        "How can I tell you everything that is in my heart. Impossible to begin. Enough. No. Begin." Maira Kalman from The Principles of Uncertainty

        by orphanpower on Sun May 30, 2010 at 09:53:56 AM PDT

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        •  I want to see him involved. (2+ / 0-)
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          I do agree more presence is needed (though not being on TV is not the same as not doing anything), but they seemed to be doing a bit better lately. But I'd like to see him remain logical, focused, and analytical about it.

          If Obama was weeping and foaming at the mouth and swearing and screaming...at this point we would all understand.

          Personally, that would make me deeply uncomfortable and afraid of his leadership. I do think it'd probably make him more popular, though. Americans do like performances and emotion. One of the things I've always liked about President Obama -- and, honestly, I was no great fan early on, and he wasn't my first choice -- was that he seemed like a level-headed guy who saw things analytically.

        •  That's not who he is (0+ / 0-)

          he is not about that kind of drama, and if he were to act in that way, I'd think he'd gone round the bend.

          What I do want is his presence and him using his intellect about the issue. That there is no good solution is no excuse for appearing to be sticking his head in the sand.

          But as I've said, I think he is doing better on that.

          Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without - W S Coffin

          by stitchmd on Sun May 30, 2010 at 11:21:10 AM PDT

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