Monday, March 3, 2008

Bless His Heart

Northerners are often confused and frustrated by the native southerner’s ability to disguise “fuck you” in an apparent compliment, thus making it impossible to respond in kind.

“Bless your heart, that’s exactly the opposite of what I asked for, but thank you so much for trying.”

Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz may have been born and raised in New York City, but his years writing speeches for Arkansas boy Bill Clinton apparently taught him the art of the disguised insult.

At, Wilentz ostensibly analyzes the presidential governing style in 1,174 words that are nothing but cover for condemning Barack Obama as an indecisive idealist doomed to failure.

After identifying the three types of presidencies as “strong” (FDR, Eisenhower, Nixon), “advisory” (Harding, Bush 43) and “post-partisan” (Hoover, Carter), he makes it clear that only “strong” presidents have a chance of being successful. Advisory and post-partisan presidents are disasters.

Then he writes this:

As Johnson and Reagan showed, individual presidents can, at different points in their administration, exhibit aspects of more than one of these presidential models. Some candidates, likewise, may promise to combine diverse elements of what they see as leadership, such as Obama’s blend of the aide-reliant advisory mode and the post-partisan purism of Hoover and Carter.

Or as my grandmother would have put it:

“Bless his heart, Obama’s just too trusting and good-hearted to be president.”

Oh, and Sean? The guy who won the left's heart by exposing Smirky as the worst president ever? Such a smart boy, and so talented! What a shame he destroyed his reputation whoring for Hillary Clinton.

Cross-posted at BlueGrassRoots.