I really do. B.O. is a cool guy and would be great to have over for a cookout. He looks you in the eye and tilts his head slightly to indicate that he is not only listening but also really cares about your opinion. He is intelligent, articulate, and laughs easily. I could hang with him. It is easy to envision Barack and me exchanging playful banter, showing off and testing which of us has the quicker wit. He seems like an easy choice for president. His state of the union speeches would sound sincere and be sprinkled with humor to prevent fatal dryness. There is just something I can't quite get past though. It was illustrated at a fundraiser where Bernie Mac "warmed" the crowd with his foul language and crude jokes. A few minutes after Bernie's comedy routine, Barack attempted to smooth the overall impression on the donors ($2300 apiece). Here is a quote;
"We can't afford to be divided by race. We can't afford to be divided by region or by class and we can't afford to be divided by gender, which by the way, that means, Bernie, you've got to clean up your act next time," Obama said. "This is a family affair. By the way, I'm just messing with you, man."
Is he smooth or what? Do you see it? He states the principle we all have to agree on; we can not afford to be divided. Then he appeases those in the audience with enough intelligence to realize the conflicting messages by castigating Bernie Mac in public. Good so far. But what comes next? "I'm just messing with you, man."
What? You are going to appease my sense of morality by upbraiding the crude comic and think I don't hear or understand the following disclaimer for the boys in the hood? Is this what you mean when you say you will "talk" to renegade regimes in countries that desire to destroy the United States? "Hey, you guys have to stop building nuclear weapons and long range missles or we will come over here and stop it for you. Awww, I'm just messing with you, man."
And they all lived happily ever after.