Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Decade Of Being Spun Silly

A recent New York Times had an opinion piece (tongue in cheek) that struck a chord in this reader. It concluded:

“After his ‘indefinite break’ from golf, [Tiger] Woods will surely be back on the links once the next celebrity scandal drowns his out. But after a decade in which two true national catastrophes, a wasteful war and a near ruinous financial collapse, were in part byproducts of the ease with which our leaders bamboozled us, we can’t so easily move on.

This can be seen in the increasingly urgent political plight of Barack Obama. Though the American left and right don’t agree on much, they are both now coalescing around the suspicion that Obama’s brilliant presidential campaign was as hollow as Tiger’s public image – a marketing scam designed to camoflauge either his covert anti-American radicalism (as the right sees it) or spineless timidity (as the left sees it). The truth may well be neither, but after a decade of being spun silly, Americans can’t be blamed for being cynical about any leader trying to sell anything. As we say goodbye to the year of Tiger Woods, it is the country, sad to say, that is left mired in a sand-trap with no obvious way out.”

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