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El Jefe

When I sit quietly, on my lunch break (it's nice working here in town) and listen to the breeze of a still-unseasonably and delightfully autumnal day in the Willamette Valey, I can hear the gentle blooping sounds of Republican aneurysms popping. Yes Mittens is terrible at this, for many reasons intelligently highlighted by OGH and pretty much every steady commenter round here. But more than that, for all his not-yet-tenured-professorial bearing and rebelling in a family of rebels by being the straight-laced kid (the only thing he actually shares deeply with Jimmy Carter), you can see how Obama enjoys it. He has a thoroughgoing inner humanity that should be let out for a walk more often (of course there's a steady but quiet effort to manage images in the media that denies that opportunity -- reminds me of when Dubya's people set up a movie-camera 101 foreshortening shot of Brian Williams interviewing ol' I Can Has Preznit just after Katrina. That way you don't notice Williams towering over the, well, shrubby younger Bush. But Williams, thoroughly Republican in general but incensed by the handling of Katrina, must've tipped the camera guy to shoot their feet as well so that, instead, it just made Dubya look that much tinier.)

And then there's another element of course. Van Duzer looks -- is, simply -- the guy a few stools down the lower-end bar from Joe the Plumber, and The Sherriff's A ...!!! (h/t Molly, NYC), yet here he is bear-hugging him in all honestly and then treating him to properly-made pizza two thousand miles away from its natural home :) Yet again, with another hat tip this time to Ta-Nehisi Coates' typically unmissable little entry last week, there are combinations of image and deed and circumstance that happen around our current president for which many, especially older, modern Republicans simply lack a mental and emotional vocabulary, black swans that cloud the skies with unparseable impossibility. And those two shots are great examples.

Also on the Human Thing: Lance, did you see or read Uncle Joe's delivery at Shanksville today? Whew. I like him in his old age. More than I'd ever have thought.

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