You know Obama’s trailing smoke when even George Will piles on and says Obama’s on his high horse:
Stevenson, like Obama, energized young, educated professionals for whom, Barone wrote, “what was attractive was not his platform but his attitude.” They sought from Stevenson “not so much changes in public policy as validation of their own cultural stance.” They especially rejected “American exceptionalism, the notion that the United States was specially good and decent,” rather than — in Michelle Obama’s words — “just downright mean.”
It’s a good little review of late-twentieth-century liberal intellectuals, but dude: George Will is now calling him a snob. George Will:
Elsewhere, John Fund has a long memory for Obama’s patrician demeanor:
Mr. Obama has a tendency to make such cultural miscues. Speaking to small-town voters in Iowa last year, he asked, “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?”
Glad to see Typical Liberal Arugulance getting some play, but Fund has an even better quibble with this bitter-prattle matter: how much is Obama’s own rhetoric responsible for the Great Embittering?
During the San Francisco episode, Mr. Obama had a throwaway line about how working-class voters fixate on “anti-trade sentiment” in order to vent their frustrations. But isn’t it Barack Obama who has been spending months stirring up “anti-trade sentiment?” He has threatened to yank the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement unless Canada and Mexico renegotiate it. Last week, he denounced the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
And then there’s Lileks, who drives home Obama’s odd, off-putting discomfort with America:
I’ve been trying to find the right words for a certain theory, and I can’t quite do it yet. It has to do with how a candidate feels about America – they have to be fundamentally, dispositionally comfortable with it. Not in a way that glosses over or excuses its flaws, but comfortable in the way a long-term married couple is comfortable. That includes not delighting in its flaws, or crowing them at every opportunity as proof of your love. I mean a simple quiet sense of awe and pride, its challenges and flaws and uniqueness and tragedies considered. You don’t win the office by being angry we’re not something else; you win by being enthused we can be something better. You can fake the latter. But people sense the former.
Michelle had him pegged over a week ago, well before he made his fateful remarks to the San Francisco literati, when he was nibbling fancy ham in an upscale Philly deli instead of chowing on a cheesesteak. Several commenters at the time scoffed that this was nothing deeply significant, and if it went no deeper than a preference for fancy food and a bit of a tin ear about how it was received, they would have been right. But Obama’s words showed that that fundamental discomfort-and even disdain–for regular people that his menu had suggested was not just some little flub, but rather a product of a deeply-held belief. The elitism charge has legs. And as Michelle said at the time:
The odor of elitism is like onion breath: Quick to acquire, hard to get rid of.
On a related note, if you are interested in showing your support for Barack Obama, the clever lads at Six Meat Buffet have unearthed an Obama Logo generator, called “Logobama“. You can actually upload a photo and personalize your own version of the catchy “O” logo that adorns the Obama campaign. It’s like a Jesus fish for your correspondence with Liberals to let them know you’re an enlightened, progressive hipster and not a bitter, gun-fondling church-attender. Here’s my attempt:
Have fun with that.
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