Why have our last few Presidents been not just wrong but repulsive to half the electorate. I think I understand the revulsion some feel for Obama because I felt such a total revulsion about George W Bush ( aka "shrub"). I had to listen to him for years as a governor. I still am thankful I do not have to listen to him speak anymore. I grew up in Fairfield county and have been to the parts of Greenwich Connecticut that the Bush family is rooted in. I know who Bush II is and I am repulsed on a molecular level I think. Everything I despise is humans wrapped up into one profoundly un curious man. I do not question the racism of the anti-Obama people but I think maybe Obama repulses them.
The question is why. Is it merely the search for good actors for our game of distract the peons with crossfire played out on 24 hour stations? or is it truly reflective of some of the ideological visions of many Americans? If I wanted to pick a Republican, frat boy, obnoxious coke head personality I would have a George W more or less. The hubris, the " yer fir us r agin us" simplicity, the phony identification with a military he took the least honorable way out of. I see going to Canada or going to Nam as the s ame choice, a choice to truly engage or to totally reject. Going into a "champagne" guard unit that was not going to fight and then taking his expensive training and dropping out to go to law school? One of the brilliant Republican strategies is to savage the messenger so much we forget the story. Dan Rather was correct, the story was correct and if one piece of paper might be less than well accounted for the fact that the story was largely true got buried.I was one of many who were baffled by the Clinton's, a well meaning but square couple, becoming the symbol of hippyism, anti-war activism an d the 60's America has taken the insight that perception is subjective to the idiocy that "that's true for me" that we can have our own facts and the location of the college the research gets done in matters as much as the research itself ( I told a Climate doom denier that here in Austin Camile Parmesan has done work which produces evidence from animal and plant ranges that confirms that our Earth is warming quickly. He said " University of Texas in AUSTIN, figures I don't listen to leftist garbage from that institution" ????!!!!! What else can I say