Who loves ya, baby?
What is it?
I guess so. But one thing you get - which is obviously not his fault - is people making the argument "You've had your black president so stop banging on about racism, that's gone away" - which I suppose is me just acknowledging that arseholes will coopt and twist anything.In a demographically reductionist way, it was revolutionary, no?
'They were dangerous, these young men...I wanted somehow to save them – send them to school, give them a trade, drain them of hate...And yet the world they were a part of, and the machinery I commanded, more often had me killing them instead.' ~ Obama on drones in his new memoir
Even Pakistan's own drone enablers – Musharraf, Kayani, Zardari, a whole galaxy of columnists – made a more convincing case than this. 'I couldn't save them, so I slaughtered them instead,' is something a poorly written Marvel villain would say. What a damning final act.
Leaving the 'angry young Moslem' trope aside, Nabila Rehman's grandmother wasn't dangerous when she was picking vegetables. The Taysi family's wedding party in Yemen wasn't filled with hate. And the innocent children Obama revenge-bombed in Datta Khel weren't his to save.
This isn't to humanise exceptions: Gen. Petraeus advisor David Kilcullen told Congress that 50 Pakistani civilians were killed per senior militant. As it is, Obama is worlds more sensitive when writing about another kind of young people – his own.
*Here's the playlist rollout too. Like the presidency, it's curated to pander to the widest number of people, and sidesteps race altogether (feat. Eminem). Guess it's more relatable if the person bombing your wedding listens to Fleetwood Mac.
Yeah I wouldn't disagree with that. I'll openly admit that I had unrealistically high expectations though which might colour my responses above.Well you take what you can use, no?
But I do tend to think this is a more or less permanent step forward. You can't say every president was white. That surely enables a higher degree of ambition, a lowered sense of systematic exclusion, however remotely and dreamlike.
Its not just the submilleu. I even see your average dems talk about his presidency with reserve. Its because there was so much to admire that part of his legacy will be a generalized disillusionment with the entire political establishment. The post mortem on his presidency was a 'waking up' moment for many in our demographic. If this guy comes up unclean...well, fuck.My submilieu of the left turned on him.
I know a few people on Obamacare and experiences all very. I think its ultimately a good thing but its also hamfisted by political processes that make it generally unsatisfying.Can anyone clear up whether or not the ACA's ultimately a good thing? There's been so much shit thrown at this point I've no clue. On the face of it, it sounds like a good thing.