Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Overexposure

Barack Obama can't keep himself away from the TV cameras. This week he's having not one, but two, televised addresses, and now later this month he's going to preside over a session of the United Nations Security Council. Oh, and
President Obama will address the opening session of a climate change summit to be convened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 22.
Of course he will. Why doesn't the FCC just go ahead and license a 24/7 Obama Channel, so we can bask in his presence whenever we want? As Ace of Spades says, he really DOES believe his own propaganda about how irresistible and indispensable he is.

Shakespeare's Henry IV had some appropriate words for this sort of camera hog:

The skipping king, he ambled up and down
With shallow jesters and rash bavin wits,
Soon kindled and soon burnt; carded his state,
Mingled his royalty with capering fools,
Had his great name profaned with their scorns
And gave his countenance, against his name,
To laugh at gibing boys and stand the push
Of every beardless vain comparative,
Grew a companion to the common streets,
Enfeoff'd himself to popularity;
That, being daily swallow'd by men's eyes,
They surfeited with honey and began
To loathe the taste of sweetness, whereof a little
More than a little is by much too much.
So when he had occasion to be seen,
He was but as the cuckoo is in June,
Heard, not regarded; seen, but with such eyes
As, sick and blunted with community,
Afford no extraordinary gaze,
Such as is bent on sun-like majesty
When it shines seldom in admiring eyes;
But rather drowzed and hung their eyelids down,
Slept in his face and render'd such aspect
As cloudy men use to their adversaries,
Being with his presence glutted, gorged and full.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've started reading a book by Anna Politkovskaya the Russian journalist who was murdered. She commented how much Putin was on tv and at every event where he could have some exposure. It was as if his ego required him to be in front of the masses all the time. As I read it I thought HMMM sounds like BO.
Art+

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