Topic: "Take It Off Baby" (5)
After appearing on "American Idol," the eldest daughter of the newly-elected Junior Senator from "the bluest State in the Union," appeared on-stage, with her Dad. In both instances she appeared to be completely clothed. Perhaps the adage to "do as I say, not as I do" reflects the management style of the Brown household; offering hope to those among us who might linger outside a window in order to observe "up close and personal."
Frodo has paid little attention to the thoughts of others for the past several days, focusing more on his own problems and recollections. Again, the iconic personage of Abraham Lincoln is in mind, especially in the first year of the Great War against those who dared oppose the "bluest State in the Union" and subordinates of lesser dominion. Lincoln's popularity was not daily measured by Pew, Harris, CBS/Wall Street Journal, or any other now-familiar poll, although it can be reasonably assumed that his numbers were pretty well down the charts after First Manassas. Frodo thought of that especially when he heard one call for the firing of Larry Summers, as if he were the George Meade redux.
Lincoln was plagued by military leaders who lacked his judgment. The result being that his every waking hour was devoted to someone offering him advice on who to replace, or what Proclamation to sign. Lincoln was besieged by a public who demanded reparations for the cost of War, and who treated those who had opposed them as if they were terrorists, rather than the sons of Scots-Irish immigrants. Lincoln knew that winning the War was top priority, but beyond the pale was what would happen to the nation in the days that followed.
Frodo recalls an unusual instance during the most recent Presidential Campaign. While campaigning in his "home" State of Hawaii, Obama took off on his own for a long walk, and he was, much to his chagrin, tailed by the ever-present Press Corps. Clearly irritated, he begged the journalistic paparazzi to leave him alone, and give him time to "think." Frodo knew exactly how he felt, and surmised that his fondest photograpic portrayal of Lincoln was a portrait of the man, seated, alone, open palm to chin, in painful consideration of the challenges that never seemed to end.
Obama is surrounded by very wise and talented associates. This is enough to distinguish him from Lincoln, whose assemblage was challenging, if not rebellious. Perhaps it is the very competence of his advisors, and the faith that he has in them, that keeps President Obama from the solitude which characterized Lincoln's decision-making, and which guided Obama in the days before he became President. Frodo has difficulty zeroing in on a single characature of Obama alone, as President, in his thoughts.
Frodo's ramblings aside, it is appropriate to reflect upon the fact that Harry Truman once threatened a journalist who criticized his daughter's piano-playing. A long way we have come it is to a senatorial father who introduced his daughter's availability on television, even in jest. Some men, it seems, never understand the value of walking alone.