What a president should look like

Went down to Stateside (a Santa Barbara restaurant/club) to watch Obama’s acceptance speech in the company of his supporters and other cool people. (Although most cool people were at the Radiohead concert at the Bowl!!) At one point the cable feed went out from Cox cable, which made everybody suspicious. We ended up the night with an HD feed from CNN, but with an audio feed the sound guy jacked from BBC Radio international, meaning audio and video did not sync up! Still the speech was the rousing park-knocker-outer we’ve been hoping for. My favorite part:

It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care. It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it.
For over two decades, he’s subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy – give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps – even if you don’t have boots. You’re on your own.
Well it’s time for them to own their failure. It’s time for us to change America.

I’ve been saying this all along. They don’t care. I even corrected my friend Bob Potter (hi Bob! Thanks for the beer!) who is off next month to volunteer for the Obama campaign in Nevada when he called the GOP’s handling of New Orleans incompetent.
“Bob, incompetent means somebody who’s trying to do their job but fails because of lack of skill or ability. In fact the GOP did their job well, because their job after Katrina was to not give a shit.”
These rich oligarchal bastards could give a tinker’s cuss not only whether you have a job or health care, but whether you live or die. Who cares, right? What’s it to them?
So to hear Obama articulate that and then hang the big FAIL sign on the Repubs, oh what a beautiful thing.
In the meantime, here’s what I missed…

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