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Just because…

In every picture of her that I’ve found on the Internet, Rebecca Falwell, wife of Jerry Falwell Jr, wears bodycon dresses that accentuate her rack doesn’t mean she spitroasts at home barbecues.

Anyway, what married people do behind closed doors in the privacy of their own home as consenting adults is not really any of our business.

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The World as it Is

I started listening to Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara this morning and his guest Ben Rhoades. But after about 10 minutes into the interview, I switched to a BBC podcast on some Mytileneum Debate, which I had never heard of and means nothing to me.

The reason why I switched was because I couldn’t bear to hear another rambling hagiography about Obama by one of what seems to be his neverending supply of young, Ivy League, white male speechwriters and aides. They are all over the place.

I challenge you to make a list of Obama’s female speech writers and aides that have made it into the general punditry. Take your time.

I thought I was over Obama but interviews like this make me remember how angry I was with the Obama campaign of 2008 and the subsequent do-almost-nothing years that followed. Obama benefitted greatly from the fact that his successor is a loathsome individual in almost every way.

When I look back on the Obama years, I’ll remember that his all male staff shoved Lily Ledbetter down our throats but made almost no mention of Paycheck Fairness. I’ll remember that he stood between us and the bankers- and he protected the bankers. I’ll remember that he underfunded the recovery by about half a trillion dollars and made it harder for people like me to get full time work and health insurance again.

I’ll remember that his Obamacare had ZERO cost control measures and had a ditch that the working class fell into. I’ll remember that he didn’t want Plan B sold over the counter because de didn’t want his daughters to be able to buy it without his permission and knowledge.

I’ll remember that he was so wishy washy about proposing new gun control measures that Stephen Colbert called him “Lifeguard in Chief”. “Come on, guys, cut it out. Can’t you see the sign says no horseplay?”

I’ll remember that he was so afraid that Mitch McConnell would call him “political” that he said almost nothing about the Russians infiltrating and meddling with our elections in 2016. He should have pulled the emergency alarm. He didn’t.

Oh, sure, he’s better looking and better dressed than Trump. He’s smarter, not that he applied that intelligence to the best of his abilities. He’s got that je ne sais qua. He’s classy and no-drama. My old lab rat colleagues would have called him “swave” and “deboner”.

He’s got a Nobel Peace Prize. I’m still not sure why he’s got a Nobel but gosh darnit, the Norwegians LOVED him in 2008.

When it comes right down to it, Barack Obama may go down in history as the luckiest least effective president that was ever bracketed by the two most incompetent, belligerent, rule breaking, autocrats in their own mind presidents in history. George W. Bush might pass Michelle hard candy at funerals but let’s not forget that his pointless war in Iraq caused the death or dismemberment of thousands of US servicemen and millions of Iraqi civilians. We should all find that revolting.

And we do.

But between W. and Trump, sits Obama who embraced the “new coalition” and put the “old coalition” on an ice floe.

He wasted eight years in office. I take that back. He COMPLETELY wasted the first two years in office. He coasted on the rest.

He had a chance to make the world as it should be. But he had no vision beyond his own aspirations and the aspirations of his young white male speechwriters on their predetermined path to success.

Preet’s podcast is one of my favorites. His female guests are great and he always treats them as colleagues and equals. His interview with Bill Browder was astonishing. Ann Milgram is a breath of fresh air.

But I’m not sure we need to give Obama’s boys any more help than what they already got. Time to see the world as it is. That is, almost completely devoid of female voices that the country will respect. And Obama deserves some of the blame for not championing enough female voices while he nurtured and promoted young white men.

Hey, remember when Obama joined in the pile on:

Yeah. Great guy.

It turns out that the Mytileneum Debate is more relevant than I thought. Catch it on In Our Time.