Brooks Reveals Obama Man Crush – Jealousy & Spite

David Brooks reveals his man-crush on Obama in today’s NY Times:

We’ve been watching Barack Obama for two years now, and in all that time there hasn’t been a moment in which he has publicly lost his self-control. This has been a period of tumult, combat, exhaustion and crisis. And yet there hasn’t been a moment when he has displayed rage, resentment, fear, anxiety, bitterness, tears, ecstasy, self-pity or impulsiveness.
(snip)
When Bob Schieffer asked him tough questions during the debate Wednesday night, he would step back and describe the broader situation. When John McCain would hit him with some critique — even about fetuses being left to die on a table — he would smile in amusement at the political game they were playing. At every challenging moment, his instinct was to self-remove and establish an observer’s perspective.
Through the debate, he was reassuring and self-composed. McCain, an experienced old hand, would blink furiously over the tension of the moment, but Obama didn’t reveal even unconscious signs of nervousness. There was no hint of an unwanted feeling.

Sadly, Brooks being Brooks, he simply cannot resist showing his penchant for schadenfreude:

It could be that Obama will be an observer, not a leader. Rather than throwing himself passionately into his causes, he will stand back. Congressional leaders, put off by his supposed intellectual superiority, will just go their own way. Lost in his own nuance, he will be passive and ineffectual. Lack of passion will produce lack of courage. The Obama greatness will give way to the Obama anti-climax.

One wonders what lurks so darkly within Brooks that lets him love so deeply yet long for the destruction of that which he adores.  How Freudian.  How tragic.  How Brooksy.
I can’t help quoting Pink Floyd in a certainly vain effort to soothe Brooks’ tortured soul:

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar…

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4 Responses

  1. Cous what I think Brooks is saying is “how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?”

    Obama is blessed with self control to be sure. I am certain I saw emotion cross his face on several occasions during the last debate. The fact that he doesn’t react to McCain’s lame attacks is testimony to the fact that he is not only brillant., but also finds clowns extremely amusing. You can’t blame him for enjoying the circus.

  2. I’m not worried about Obama’s self control.
    Brooks, on the other hand…

  3. He has certainly been incorrect on a number of very important issues and he values his own opinion so much it seems to drip from the corner of his mouth.. He’s way too shiny for my taste.

  4. In light of the first month of the Obama administration, sent the following email to Brooks at the NYT:

    In response to a piece you penned about Barack Obama, I posted the following:
    https://cousinavi.wordpress.com/2008/10/18/brooks-obama-man-crush/

    Just wondering, unrequited man-crush aside, if you still hold to the myopic notion that Barack Obama may yet turn out to be “an observer.”

    Hmmm. That question borders on rhetoric. How about this one: Does it ever sting to find what passes for your more thoughtful efforts eviscerated and strewn about the killing floor as so much waste that, at best, might now only be rendered for soap?

    Keep up the borderline work.

    I wonder if he’ll respond.

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