This jet-lag is killing me, butt I just thought you would want to know: Lady M arrived to honor the late Nelson Mandela in one of her signature mini-me’s.
And as you can see, it’s raining. And Lady M had to carry her own umbrella. Apparently this country still has a way to go before accomplishing complete racial equality, if you know what I mean and I think you do:
As might be expected, Big Guy’s remarks were awesome:
“For nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith.”
Fine traits indeed - struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith. And I will say, BO seems to have nailed the persistence part, to the point of being a pest. And I guess 1 out of 4 ain’t bad. Anyway, here’s my takeaway from the speech: “nothing he achieved was inevitable.” So, unless Big Guy gets to work on the schtruggle, the shrewdness and the faith parts, his legacy may not be inevitable either. Hold that thought. It my sustain you.
Butt today’s memorial was historic for more reasons than just Big Guy’s speech eulogizing Mandela as a “great liberator.” He also unveiled his new foreign relations policy by extended his unclenched fist to Cuba’s Communist President, Raul Castro: the first such gesture between a US President and a Cuban head of state since, well, you know, the Communists fought “inequality and poverty” and won.(?)
And since he also reprised his “Bowing to Foreign Monarchs and Dictators” policy while shaking hands, I guess we have a pretty good indication of what BO wishes his legacy to be. (UPDATE: More “Bowing to Foreign Monarchs and Dictators” at Fausta’s Blog here.)
Oh, and what a relief! Lady M had time to have her hair done and change clothes (for the third time since leaving Washington). She wore an occasion appropriate outfit for the actual memorial service: short, black and lacy. I thought you would want to know.
Oh, and Val-Jar was with us!
Former President and Laura Bush were there,
No, wait, that’s them right behind the Clintons:
Anyway, back to “the Speech:” BO urged the world to carry on Madiba’s legacy, like he is, by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination:
"We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba's legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality,"
He’s talking to all you old white guys still trying to keep the black man down. And you know who you are: the cranks who invented the term “Obamacare” - the racist way for old white guys to refer to the Affordable Care Act. Tune in later when we cover in more detail precisely how increased premiums, higher deductibles, limited access to doctors and top shelf hospitals, and restrictions on prescription medicines “challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality” (hint: it’s called “re-distribution”).
Until then, let’s all just think happy thoughts as we reflect on legacies of the black man’s schtruggle, fighting “inequality and poverty.” Obama’s schtruggle, that is, not the other guy’s.
“I think we’ll just have to raise these taxes a bit higher.”
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