Thursday, 13 January 2011
Barry O rises to the occasion
yes I know I have been disparaging about President Obama in the past. I know I did not support him as candidate (and oddly got a lot of nasty pornographic comments from his alleged supporters). I know I thought, and think, that he has character issues and is flaky on policy. I know I think that he has not followed through on the promises made, and hence on the hopes of many. But I also know that no elected representative can keep all the promises they make. And I know that President Obama, in his speech after the Arizona murders, did the very best thing. He told us what was best about America. I hadn't known, until I read the speech, that Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl who was murdered, was born on September 11th 2001. But I remember the solidarity there was in Europe after those terrorist murders with the people of the USA. My American niece visited me in Reading exactly a year later and we went to a special church service (at Greyfriars church as it happens, the views of whose congregation are not mine) where they draped the American flag behind the altar. (My niece was a little shocked to see the flag draped incorrectly and with one corner trailing on the floor, but how were they to know). Much was made of my niece, simply because she was American. Well, that didn't last. Only Israel is more demonised than the the USA by the chattering classes these days. But read President Obama's speech here and think about the best of America.