Here’s some video from Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee celebration Sunday on the Thames. Thought you might want to take a look.
Now, why have a put a video of aging British anachronisms on a White House website?
For you to see a bit of what you’re missing.
No, I’m not any kind of monarchist. I really don’t care much about the royal family. But there is a point to the royals, a point President Obama completely misses.
Many other nations have a prime minister, who does the grunt work of governing, and another leader like a president or monarch who attends to matters of ceremony. In the United States, the president performs both of these functions. And despite our self-image as by-the-bootstraps toughs who just stepped muddily off the frontier, we like a little classiness too.
That’s we elect leaders with the elan of John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan, and in between a peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter. There is a yearning in this country for both a common touch and for a patrician we can behold as someone to look up to.
A great and popular president, like the folksy Reagan, will combine both these qualities. Obama, with his gum chewing, casual clothes, exposed shoe soles, and uncivil, even profane attacks on his opponents, thinks letting his hair down will make him loved.
It’s no coincidence, probably, that Obama is the first president raised in the 1960s, when the baby boomers changed the culture to a childish focus on doing what feels good. Express yourself. Don’t worry about appearances.
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton came of age in the Sixties, but Obama was whelped then and suckled the culture as a youth.
Part of the disappointment with Obama stems from his failure to demonstrate the kind of restraint, remove, discipline and classiness Americans want even as they demand informality.
In private, Obama is known to sometimes be distant. But his public persona is defined more by the $3 lotteries he stages to auction himself off to one of his donors.
As the campaign becomes more vicious, Obama will seem even less presidential. And eventually, he may find, no longer president at all.