Men Of Wisdom
I don’t know about you but that little piece of information just makes me believe in the man who wrote The Audacity of Hope all the more, regardless of his many problems at the moment; and despite being leader of the free world and all that, it makes him very human in my eyes. It also makes him worldly (how many other American six year old kids even know of the existence of green tea ice cream or Kamakura. Or Japan for that matter?) and though there is the possibility of course that whole event was staged to sweeten the bitter pill of some future news related to Okinawa and military base inertia, it does feel real: it feels like a man seizing an opportunity to revisit happy childhood memories that can be enjoyed all the more because of his current adult stresses and that just make him more understandable and ordinary. Perhaps some people seeing it will think about how they would deal with the things he has to contend with each day and see that they could no better handle the anger and ignorance of the Tea Party movement or the agendas of lobbyists or the interests of companies and their ransomed scientists; or voters that hate the help he promised to provide them and which they desperately need and cut him some slack. After all don’t we all sometimes wish we could sit in a park eating our favourite flavour ice-cream and enjoy the moment without any other care, just as we used to when we too were six.
PS Funny how my spell checker recognizes Obama but not Okinawa. Which says a lot more than it should about the problems all Americans face.