The miracle, as it has been widely declared by the media for lack of anything more profoundly descriptive, is something that not only today's generation but generations to come can savor when young students sit in their American history classes to trace the twists and turns of the presidency. In some ways it was the Jackie Robinson story on a much wider societal field. It should be a proud conceit of every American now to know that we have made an enormous stride in confirming that we are what we say we are. It wasn't that long ago, after all, that I, as a young uniformed Air Force officer was denied a seat in a St. Louis hotel bar because I was accompanied by another officer who happened to be black. (The host apologized to me, sort of, but said I would understand as a military officer that rules are rules.)
But Obama's victory told us another story that mythologized (for me, as well) the potency of coast to coast rants by right wing flim-flam talkers who decided to raise the ante on a black presidential nominee. Fox News, the megaphone and safe house for the Bush Adminstration, referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baby mama"), a day did not pass when some radio host didn't connect Obama to a monkey (which, it can be argued, all of us evolved from ), and there were warnings making the rounds that Obama would lead us into a race war. He was at times compared to Hitler, and other times linked to Ahmadinejad. Communist, socialist,terrorist, traitor, classless jerk. The perps included the grandmaster himself, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly and countless talk-show galley slaves across the land who doubtless believe that their dutiful rowing of Limbaugh's flagship would someday make them sinfully rich, too.
The moral of their tasteless rapture with lies and more lies is that they failed miserably. Even to this day they continue to flail at imaginary objects with endless deception from the shared security of their own disgusting universe, where honest debate is not a prerequisite for honorary membership. These thugs can't be too smart. If they were, they would look for ways to make their hysterical charges hold up under even the most casual scrutiny.
So now the Bushes and their ilk will soon be on their way out the door. There will be no more utterances (by Richard Perle) that within six months of the invasion the grateful Iraqis would name a central plaza in Baghdad after George Bush; there would be no more aircraft carriers idling off the West Coast for the landing of a macho Bush in flight gear to declare the end of the war; there would be no more uplifting statements by Bush and his echoers that the fundamentals of America's economy are strong; no more denials by Condi Rice that the White House had no forewarning of 9/11; and a lot of other nonsensical behavior that amounted to a giant pyramid of Plato's noble lie as Bush's approval rating in a Gallup survey was mired at 22 pct.
As for the broadcast carnival barkers' persistence in recklessly spinning the facts, I must reluctantly defer to Donald Rumsfeld's oratorical sensitivities in describing the continued conflict in Iraq after we had declared the battle won. Of it, he explained:
"The dead-enders are still with us, those remnants of defeated regimes who'll go on fighting long after their cause is lost." (Aug. 25, 2003)
Clip and mail to that other universe.