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Friday, November 29, 2013

The Obamas' Pie in the Sky

Whatever the First Family was grateful for this Thanksgiving, they did it in high American style with nine kinds of pie—-huckleberry, pecan, chocolate cream, sweet potato, peach, apple, pumpkin, banana cream and coconut cream.

Not exactly in line with the First Lady’s healthful low-calorie crusade, but a day of indulgence in hard times is understandable, literally and figuratively.  

In their holiday interview with Barbara Walters, Barack and Michelle Obama were serving political pie in the sky as well.

“I've gone up and down pretty much consistently throughout," the President said about his poll standing. "But the good thing about when you're down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up...

"I continue to believe and absolutely convinced that at the end of the day, people are going to look back at the work we've done to make sure that in this country, you don't go bankrupt when you get sick, that families have that security. That is going be a legacy I am extraordinarily proud of."

The First Lady echoed him: "You're going to have people who don't like what you do, but you better have your own vision, and you better have your own will and your own passion and determination. Know that life requires work and sacrifice and sometimes it's painful, but there is a lot of joy and there is a lot of hope and possibility."

The day after the holiday, the Obamas visited a group of fasters on the National Mall to pressure Congress to act on the immigration pending on Capitol Hill.

From feast to famine, the couple who live in the White House is undoubtedly committed to making life better for Americans in every way possible.

“Americans,” he says, “deep down, care about each other and want to do the right thing. And we're going make sure that we do everything we can to help folks who are out there working hard, trying to make it."

Michelle Obama agrees, noting that her husband has “a level of patience and focus and tenacity and calm that just doesn't come by anyone. I definitely don't.”

On the day after, the First Couple may be serving pie in the sky, but these days, most Americans could use a second helping.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

“Americans,” he says, “deep down, care about each other and want to do the right thing. And we're going make sure that we do everything we can to help folks who are out there working hard, trying to make it."
...an example of eliminationist rhetoric on the part of President Obama. The implication is that those who do not care about each other are not "real" Americans. Pity the poor millionaires and billionaires who by dint of their soulless, heartless promotion of Randian objectivism are thus excluded from the public dialog. Oh the humanity... or inhumanity, depending on which side of the income gap you find yourself.

Anonymous said...

It's a Democracy, I'd say it implies "most" Americans.

Calling Obama an eliminationist is a stretch.