One that “everybody” loves.
Or at least, it’s just as bad. I can’t make up my mind which I find more repugnant – the simple and sweeping assumption that “everyone” agrees George Bush = Bad or the equally simple and sweeping assumption that “everyone” agrees Barack Obama = Good. The only thing that either assumption proves is that today’s populace needs unquestioned heroes as much as it needs unquestioned enemies.
This letter in yesterday’s Age appears to be axiomatic:
Tomorrow, thank God, when the new president is sworn in, we will be finally rid o fthe Axis of Evil–Bush, Blair and Howard.
Anyone watching the pomp and ceremony and hype surrounding current activity across the big pond would be forgiven for thinking they are preparing not so much for the inauguration of a president, as for the coronation of a king. In fact, given how much the journalists here in Oz are fawning over the new incumbant of the White House, why not make him King of Australia too? Now is our chance to be part of the “good empire” rather than the “evil empire”.
Hey, there’s a thought… Why doesn’t someone suggest to PM Kevin Rudd that he officially join hands with the new “axis of goodness” and publically bind himself to cooperate with King Barack in support of all his foreign policy actions?
I must confess that I am rather looking forward to that first touch of schadenfreude when the Americans begin to experience the inevitable disappointment that comes with the realisation that they have elected a man, not a god, and that the world today continues to be very much like the world yesterday. Just as a reminder of this, yesterday, rummaging through some old newspapers for something to line the guineapig cage with, I found a page from The Age dated September 1998. The topic: How long can Bill Clinton hold onto power in the face of the Lewinski scandal…
(BTW, Louise has changed the address of her “Purcell’s Chicken Voluntary” blog to http://pcv-louise.blogspot.com/