September 29, 2008 | 2 comments
Fan mail from the Obama underground.
I was asked to write a light-hearted op-ed for the Washington Post, which appeared this past weekend, in advance of Obama’s inauguration. The piece was a humorous take on the plight of the young conservative as he or she prepares for the big party to which he or she was not really invited. Yes, conservatives are moving on, hopeful about the future, and proud of this historic moment, but we are also a little skeptical, a little overwhelmed by Obama-mania, and a little hung-over.
Though the piece was hardly derogatory, it elicited scores of angry emails from enraged and annoyed Obama supporters. The letters range from appalling to hilarious, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the fragile psyche of a self-satisfied Obama fan. Our new president is revered the world over for his promise to usher in a new era of bipartisanship, a new rhetoric of togetherness and tolerance, and an end to embittered bickering. And a silver lining for conservatives was the hope that Obama will mean that liberals are generally happier, more patriotic, and more open-minded during this administration. Perhaps, when he gets a minute, President Obama can go over what he meant by hope and change…because I don’t think this is it:
Is Obama a Cult? Because, This Sounds Like a
“I don’t think I’ll read your book too soon, but I wonder if you bothered reading Obama’s books.” Leonard Hoffman
“I myself have been studying how Obama responds to situations and how he communicates with others and have found it immensely helpful as I have only recently become engaged politically on a local level, and am dealing with those who have a more ‘old-school’ strident partisan liberal tone that I find unhelpful.” Leslie McColgin
“You don’t get the overwhelming intelligence of Mr. Obama and how outclassed in everyway McCain and the Alaska Governor were.” Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D.
“Please be silent and do your pennance without the public sob stories. You and your movement that still passes itself off as conservative should be in the wilderness for many decades for your transgressions against the country and the world.” David W. Walters, Ph.D.
“I am writing to suggest that perhaps you and other conservatives would do well to consider, however briefly, these words of Marcus Aurelius, often translated as follows: ‘The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.’” Paul Cerra
“On Tuesday I will be watching and hoping that the first man I actually believe has the smarts and skills to lead America since Eisenhower will be able to fix the mess that W and the neo-cons left us. I pray he has the political skill to build bi-partisan solutions; the diplomatic skill to develop a foreign policy that starts people working together and the courage to go on Fox News and challenge the flawed ideas of the conservative ideologues who are hosting their shows.” Tom Buzi
And You Say I Need to Move On?
“I come from a tradition that values learning. Apologizing for a nonreading, incurious, rigid, dry drunk for the past 8 years could not have been an enobling experience.” Steven Grenell
“You young republicans with your patronage jobs supported an unelected rich kid who ducked serving in Viet Nam, then lied us into an illegal war.” Robert LaPointe
“After living for many years under conservative rule, I can only hope that my twin granddaughters will have seen the last of conservatives ruining our great county, will live in a safe country & world, & will have air & water that have not been outsourced to Halliburton.” Rick Penn
“After eight years of supporting the worst president in our nation’s history, which forgive me if I assume you did support him, how about doing something constructive? Really.” David Heil
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?