All of which leads to President Obama. He was elected because he is cool, calm and analytical. That's what we wanted to see after George W. Bush, so we made him president. But now the disaster in the Gulf has made many of us want to see someone else -- with plenty of anger, emotion and bravado. We want him to yell at BP. We want him to loudly tell us he's whipping the cleanup effort into shape.
To which Bush replied, "Miss me yet?"
So we want him to morph into something he isn't -- which is exactly what we hate about our politicians. We want him to be another Barack Obama, an actor. Maybe we want him to be George Bush with the bullhorn after 9/11. Only he isn't.
Damn! That was fast!
Now, before this next bit, put down your coffee and clear your throat because this next bit is funny as hell.
There is one president, of course, who never had to be prodded into the empathy zone: Bill Clinton. He felt our pain all the time. Last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell put it this way: "If Bill Clinton was president, he'd have been in a wetsuit, trying to get down to see the spill." He's right, of course, but think back for a moment: That's exactly what Americans came to distrust about Clinton. By emoting too much, they never knew what to believe. What was real and what wasn't?
You never had to prod Clinton because he was too busy "prodding" Monica with cigars! Clinton felt our pain only when he wasn't feeling Monica's breasts.
Emoting too much? That's why America didn't trust Clinton? Whitewater, filegate, travelgate, FBIgate, IRSgate, Monica and on and on and on...that's why America didn't trust Clinton.
The rest is just drivel from her.