Obama’s Ears – or, Where are the grownups?
Posted by James Lewis on December 12, 2006
Today’s news is that Maureen Dowd, star of The New York Times Op Ed Page, had the temerity to ask Sen. Barack Obama about his ears. He immediately took her aside and told Ms. Dowd never to mention his ears again, because he, Senator Obama, widely hyped as our New Presidential Hope, is sensitive about the matter. You see, he was teased about them as a child, and hasn’t ever gotten over it.
Ms Dowd didn’t apologize, but did something much worse: She explained that it was all for his own good, “to toughen him up,” thereby revealing the NYT’s high standard of journalistic objectivity.
Think of FDR as an invalid, Harry Truman’s unsavory associations with Boss Pendergast, JFK’s rum-running dad, LBJ’s magic fortune. Think of Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush I and II. Yes, they had plenty of faults, but they were grown up.
Obama’s ear sensitivity is a weird little story, but it’s also a tale of our times. On the Dowd-Hillary-Obama-Bill-Chip side of the political spectrum we are governed by children who have never needed to grow up.
Pray we will never be governed by them.
Where are the grownups?