Sunday, March 22, 2009
I don't know whether Obama has the right prescription or not for what ails us; and I don't know if the Obama government is doing a good job so far in these brief months, or if they'll cure the massive problems they were left to tackle.
I did watch Obama on 60 Minutes this evening and was really comforted, and here's why. Because he didn't evade a single question he was asked. Because he gave thoughtful and good-humored answers to tough questions. Because he didn't sound like a ideologue, rather a man looking for the right way forward. Because he treated us like adults.
We haven't seen this in quite a long time.
My favorite line, which may be somewhat reworded: "We will not govern out of anger."
So many young Americans must be amazed to see the figure in the White House appear to be more adult than they are. Having endured most of a decade with a bumbling "Mr. Malaprop" educating them by example on the lowest forms of public governance, they must be adapting to a new image of a graceful, thoughtful, well-spoken, sincere, leader.
If Mr. Obama totally fails in the job of ending the economic crisis or extracting us from Iraq, he will at least have done us the honor of respecting our democracy.