Waiting for Superman

Now that Muammar Gaddafi is toast I wonder if we could focus on the next candidate for the I’m Done, Butter Me Hall of Fame.   It took Muammar forty-two years to finally realize that he should have retired to the French Riviera twenty  years ago.  Like wasn’t ten billion dollars enough for room service?  Did he have to stick around just because he wanted to bequeath Libya to his kids?  So now he’s got nothing to show for it other than looking suspiciously like Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.

Which brings me to the Prez.  Yes, I know that the country was in the shitter when he took office.  Yes, I know he’s a lot smarter, quicker on the uptake and more compassionate than his predecessor.  He can even say nuclear without making it sound like he’s from Bolivia.   Yes, I know that he had little to do with our sixteen gazillion dollar deficit.  Yes, I know that Obama has accomplished more than we realize.  But I want him to enter the phone booth, shed his glasses, remove his tie and leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Two, even three, bounds would be acceptable.

Why do I feel blah when he appears on my TV screen?  Why do I feel that he needs lessons in Excel so he can put his plan on paper?  Why did the Republicans get everything they wanted when they control only one part of government…the House of Loons.  Why am I still waiting for Superman?

The presidential campaign has begun (or maybe it never ended).  The Republicans have fielded a sorry mess of candidates.  They are even killing their young.  The latest entry into the fray is a governor who thinks his home state should secede from the Union.  A guy who has so many lies to live down that his nose length precludes him from using the supersized revolving door at LAX.  While bemoaning the size of government, this guy shleps big bucks  from supporters in return for appointments to a bushel of commissions that he, the sworn enemy of big government, established.

People still flock like adoring groupies to see the Snow Queen, and she laughs all the way to the bank.  There is so much duct tape on Ms. Bachmann’s mouth that she has to be fed intravenously.  Yet she wins the Iowa straw poll and proclaims herself the messiah who will lead us back to $2 a gallon gas.  Then there’s the party’s token black, a Clarence Thomas act-alike ready to pack the Supreme Court with little Clarences.

And a guy who might be on the cusp of agreeability has been tied in knots by Tea Party take-no-prisoners and other folks who think Mormons are from Mars.  And how about Ron Paul who famously said Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism.  If he wasn’t running for President, he’d do a great job of making the trains run on time .

So, with all this mediocrity vying for the Republican pole position, why am I pouting about someone who is head and shoulders above them?  Maybe Superman is just a dream.  Maybe I should thank my stars that we’ve at least got Mighty Mouse to save the day.

6 Responses to “Waiting for Superman”

  1. 1 Andrew August 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Does this mean you are a independent???


  2. 2 Aryna August 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I love Andrew’s question. What is one to do in this situation? We had dinner last night with a couple who are Independents but say they both voted for Obama. They are social “liberals” and a fiscal “conservatives”. They made sense and it worried me. They were free to criticize the Health Plan as passed while believing in health reform. They didn’t have to defend Obama and wish he were Superman. We are pulling our hair out because we are disappointed that our leader has been unable to do more. The point our friends were making was that we liberals see things only one way. Of course there are many on the other side just as bad ( worse,of in our view!). But maybe that is the only logical answer- to be willing to look at facts and decide for ourselves what is right. I’m not sure where I am going with this. My father would turn over in his grave if I gave up being a Democrat!


  3. 3 Gillybean August 26, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Good ol’ Obummer. The man who ran on hope and leaves us bewildered and frankly….. hopeless. He has capitulated on so many issues – healthcare, Afghanistan, Iraq, tax breaks. The list is endless. But would I rather have him in the White House than any one of the Republicans who are running?

    “You betcha’! “as a nameless someone might say.


  4. 4 Kay August 26, 2011 at 8:39 am

    All I can say is…Amen to the above. I have a “former” Democrat who called me a couple weeks ago and let loose with her feelings for Obama. I thought she was going to have a stroke. Being the gentle person I am I told her if she was looking for an argument she had the wrong person. I told her I’m not educated enough to get into it & furthermore I want a peaceful life & not live mad at ONE MAN when I can’t do much about what’s going on. Cop out…Oh Well!


  5. 5 leila kleiman August 26, 2011 at 10:50 am

    thank you all for saying the obvious so eloquently. Personally I plan to take a long nap with the covers pulled way up over my head, which is all the strength I feel I have left.


    • 6 Sally and Gene August 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      Leila, I couldn’t agree more. Well said Fred. Maybe the country is sleep deprived and everyone just needs a nap. Wake up refreshed and with a little perspective.


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