The series of photos published here in the NY Post have opened the door to some interesting commentary from people represented by members of sites like this one. Experts in reality. No hidden agenda. No obligation to speak for anyone. Nothing more than a lifetime of living and observing a real world. After reviewing the pictures in the link above, consider Pollyannaish's comments below, and given her status as an expert in the real world, compare her analysis with the current media portrayal of a modern day messiah in our midst....
Sometimes, people grow up feeling like they are "outside looking in." They think to themselves...."if I could only become (insert perceived holy grail here) I will be on the inside." You see this a lot in people in entertainment.
If you look at Obama's upbringing, its easy to guess that a youthful Obama would feel this way. "If I was only someone important, I would be on the inside." (and perhaps...."My father would pay attention to me because he is an important man.") We never hear about Obama's friends. We hear about his mentors, but not his "buddies." He really hasn't connected with anyone in the Senate. His relationship with his extended family is distant based on reports. He just seems to be always on the fringes of the group.
So he works his butt off and on the night of the election, he discovers to his surprise that he is still on the outside looking in somehow. That's what the pictures seem to show. The celebration is going on around him, but he is outside of it. Disconnected from it. He has all this adulation and belief in him...and yet it is projected onto him, not part of him. And he remains emotionless and almost deflated because all of his hard work didn't fill his need.
This is very different than both Bill Clinton and George Bush who are naturally in the thick of it, on the inside and part of the "it" crowd. They are men who are the center of the room (which makes both of them hated by those who are not) and have always been. It's how they make friends and keep them.
Anyway, this is all just speculation, but I think a good solid case could be made for this. And please forgive me...I just find humanity fascinating.
Politics aside, I actually find Obama to be a fascinating person. There is something not quite "normal" about him. I haven't been able to put my finger on it. I guess now I have four years to observe it...like it or NOT.
But hey...gotta find entertainment in all this some way!
Bill Clinton and George Bush are very much alike in their charismatic qualities. Not character...but charisma. I find it interesting that the country just elected someone who is completely different than that.
You know how President Bush and President Clinton were always the absolute center of attention when they were around other world leaders? With big groups gathered around them? Well, watch. After the pleasantries...Obama will be off to the side, with the other leaders gathered around....probably Sarkozy. I'm not sure who yet...but it won't be Obama.
Edited to add: It might be Obama the first time out...the way all the dogs come over to sniff the new dog...but Obama won't be the alpha.
Pollyannaish provides an interesting perspective that wouldn't have occurred to me if I hadn't read it here. And you certainly won't read it in the lying media. I'll confess that I don't plan on spending much time trying to figure out Obama's character. As with any other celebrity, I simply don't care about him enough to be curious about what makes him tick. My mental image of Obama is of a small person standing on a stage in a dark arena with a single, bright spotlight he has directed to shine only on him. And that's the way he likes it. The picture that struck me the most at the NY Post link was Obama and Michelle on the couch. Not a lot of joy there. They look like a couple on the verge of a divorce...on one of the biggest days of their lives.
Obama has been placed in the White House by mutual agreement between him and the folks in the media and government who put him there. But I strongly suspect that the cooperation that has landed him in the Oval Office won't extend much further. And it will break in both directions.
Obama enters his Presidency with near Utopian expectations from his strongest supporters who have never felt like they've had the ear of the very bureaucracies that fill their feed troughs with handouts and services. Their expectations of Obama must extend beyond our galaxy. Many of them exist in communities that rely on the government for EVERYTHING. If free money can be gained from a government that "is trying to keep you down", imagine what can be gained when "someone like you" is put in charge. I believe the statements from some that "Obama will pay for my gas" are completely genuine and sincerely believed.
We've had strong personalities in the White House before, but generally they were also leaders of their party. Obama barely won the nomination of his party. Is he now considered its leader? Can the cult of Obama exist alongside a democrat Congress? The expectations of Obama's Presidency are so unrealistically high that he is already doomed to fall well short. Nobody could live up to them. What will happen when that becomes obvious? Will Pelosi stand by his side? Or Reid? Or the DNC? Or the black community? ...Anyone?? And does he even think he needs anyone by his side? He's made a habit of stiff arming his own wife and her demeanor reflects the impact. How long before the rest of his allies of convenience wear the same expression.
Can anything about a person's inner personality really be gleaned from a picture? I think Pollyannaish makes a good case for the affirmative. And certainly, her perspective is every bit as valid as the delinquent curiosity now being articulated by "expert" pundits about Obama's real character. In fact, I believe Pollyannaish is on the leading edge of a wave of doubt about who Obama the person really is. Mark her words here and see how they pan out over the next few years. As she says, we'll have plenty of time to observe him, like it or not. She's got us off to a great start. The question is, how sorry will this country be that the (self) anointed "experts" didn't start this process years ago, instead of playing catch up to real people like Pollyannaish now.