Thursday, September 25, 2008

French philosopher advises Barack

In the Sept. 22 issue of New York magazine, they asked French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy what he thinks Obama should do (Obama is popular in France, especially after his recent trip there). What follows is his reply, which is spot-on:

"I would begin by reminding him of the first thing he said to me at our meeting four years ago in Boston, 'America is a country of meteors; next month somebody else will be the story.' For now the story is Sarah Palin, so I would have him target this singlular idea this woman has about truth, about family, to ask the voters if they are ready to give the keys to the White House to a woman who said when she was running for governor of Alaska, to discuss in the schools -- as if they were remotely the same thing -- both the science of Darwinism and the fraud that is creationism.

"I would beg him to speak directly, solemnly, to the women of this country, asking them if they are prepared to see themselves in this caricature of a free woman who plans to deny her peers one of their most cherished and hard-won rights, the right to an abortion. I would underline the cynicism, the absence of feeling one must have to exhibit in front of the world's television cameras that which a mother should hold most dear, most private, and painfully precious: a child with Down syndrome. I would advise him to assign this task to Hillary.

"He is the only man -- the representative of a visible minority but who also represents the great citizen's ideal inherited from the Philadephia convention -- who can pull America away from the ghettoization of communities. And Palin's slogan is less 'Country first' than 'Alaska for the Alaskans.'"

Have I mentioned lately how much I love the French?


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