Monday, April 22, 2013
Barack Obama as Jackie Robinson
Maureen Dowd has written a scathing criticism of President Obama in the New York Times. Referring to the debacle on the gun vote, she rips into the President. He didn't mount a vigorous campaign. He didn't threaten enough Senators who could have been pried off the fence. He didn't go full "Lyndon Johnson SOB."
Jackie Robinson was not chosen to be the first black baseball player in the major leagues because he was the most talented. He was deemed to be the most intelligent and hopefully the most stoic. His job was not to directly challenge the brutal eruption of racism, but to endure.
Obama endures everything that is thrown his way. He goes out and speaks eloquently. He figures that the opposition will be shamed into doing the right thing. Maybe in the long run it works that way. For a time. The civil rights laws that the SOB got passed are being overturned. Daniel Ellsberg gives way to Bradley Manning.
When No. 44's number is retired, his hair will probably be as white as No. 42's. And eventually we'll love him the way we love Jackie.
And the guns endure.