After the VMA awards incident, President Obama called Kanye West a jackass. I call Kanye sad and boorish. His behavior was bizarre enough that it made me wonder if has crossed the line into alcoholism or depression. I won’t play the comparison game with the behavior of other celebs but interesting that his behavior provoked such a strong response in our President. However, I have to contrast that remark with the President’s very tepid response to a trivial pop culture event to Rep. Wilson and challenging Bush era abuses.
I think President Obama cannot allow himself to express real anger toward his political enemies. I think that anger got displaced to Kanye West. I think his focus, however momentary, on the Skip Gates affair stands in stark contrast with his and everyone else’s inability to find a response to the Birthers, Glenn Beck’s 9/12 movement, et al.
This goes way beyond President Obama. Who and what are we really mad at?