Saturday, October 1, 2011


JP said...

"“Throughout the interview the president seems preoccupied with ‘shaping a story for the American people.’ He says: ‘The irony is, the reason I was in this office is because I told a story to the American people.’ But, he confesses, ‘that narrative thread we just lost’ in his first years.

“Then he asks, ‘What's the particular requirement of the president that no one else can do?’ He answers: ‘What the president can do, that nobody else can do, is tell a story to the American people’ about where we are as a nation and should be.”"

This explains a lot.

Fortunately, we are back in a second recession, so he's telling a good tragedy.

His problem is that it's not very pleasant to tell a tragedy.

Anonymous said...

Jesus used stories called parables (earthly story with heavenly meaning) to teach. He didn't write an autobiography, let alone 2, and his life story was not recorded until many years after his death. He was busy in his short career on earth battling the Sadducees and Pharisees, but not from the position of ruler on earth.

Perhaps a person with a messiah complex believes traveling the country telling stories is his calling. He's got the traveling, but not the stories. His allegory of driving a car in the ditch has passed it's expiration date, just an earthly story with an earthly meaning.

We've had presidents that are witty, can tell a good joke or short story, but generally had a vision of what they wanted to achieve, not a narrative, or an entire presidency of "My Pet Goat."

Malcolm said...

Obama does not even know his wife's name.

flynful said...

I have not read Confidence Men but I did read a summary where Obama was quoted by Suskind as saying something like Reagan was really good at playing the role of president. Is that why Obama admires Reagan? If so, we have a president who is not concerned with governing as president but just in acting the part. If there is any truth to this one has to ask who is writing the script?

Katielee4211 said...

Shaping a story? He's in office because he told a story to the American People...I'd agree with that. Tell a story where we are and where we should be..?
'Story'---a palatable way of saying propaganda?

Kelly said...

Perhaps we should start referring to 'the story-based community'.