The more they change
Here are two facts about the world which won’t return any time soon. Good facts.
The first is that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a paraplegic. Now of course you knew that, but the fact associated with it is that noone knew. The mores of the time were the only way to treat his paraplegia as irrelevant to his presidency. That is people didn’t know.
In today’s age of equal opportunity world FDR wouldn’t have stood a chance. His best chance would have been being the ‘nice guy’ in the cabinet – and I’m not too sure he was that.
My other fact comes at the end of this passage from this op ed.
A campaign ad had Bill Clinton praising Obama for the courage of ordering the raid because, had it failed and Americans been killed, “the downside would have been horrible for him. “ Outraged vets released a response ad, pointing out that it would have been considerably more horrible for the dead SEALs.
That ad also highlighted the many self-references Obama made in announcing the bin Laden raid: “I can report .?.?. I directed .?.?. I met repeatedly .?.?. I determined .?.?. at my direction .?.?. I, as commander in chief,” etc. ad nauseam. (Eisenhower’s announcement of the D-Day invasion made not a single mention of his role, whereas the alternate statement he’d prepared had the landing been repulsed was entirely about it being his failure.)
We won’t be seeing any of that for a long time either. Our leaders have to be Just Like Us and it’s all down to story telling as you would do it to children – the president’s plan for this, the president’s plan for that. The president’s plan for tooth flossing . . .