the Change I Wish to See

...and whatever else it takes to find my pants

Cliche.  Granted.  But this was on the front of the NYT Online at some point yesterday.

The press loves to talk about this loneliness.  I thought this picture captured it.  A lot of people want to be the president.  But how many really want to be arguably the most powerful person in the world?  How many people want to know that some of their foreign policy decisions will, at best, cost thousands of young lives?  Who wants to be assured that the job description includes domestic policy decisions that result in even just one more family being homeless or another child gone missing?

Bush is not Obama.  And I voted believing Obama wouldn't recreate the Bush era.  That stroll they're taking doesn't mean their differences are a charade (interestingly, Obama steps forward with his left foot as Bush leads with his right).  It also doesn't mean I forgive Bush for anything.  But they're members of a club of 44 - that's 44 presidents over 219 years.  That's pretty much the definition of "exclusive."  And it shows: in accelerated graying and shadow-laden walks.

I don't sleep well worrying about bar results, career goals, and a one-person budget.  I talk about wanting to make a difference, a significant change.  But as of yet, I want no part of being remembered for failing, and the odds are pretty solid that that cowardice will go overlooked and unnoticed.  The memory of everything these two have done and will do, however - from falling off a couch while eating a pretzel to the invasion of Iraq, and from saying Nancy Reagan holds seances to universal healthcare ambitions - will be eternal, success or not.

So, at least for today, I'm looking at all presidents differently.  Because we all have opinions about what they're supposed to be when the politics kick in.  But what about when that whole "being human" thing does?

6 comments:

lacochran said...

I believe Obama is left-handed. Perhaps left-footed, too?

f.B said...

i've also heard his left ear is larger than its counterpart, and therefore more perceptive. so if you are lucky enough to get into THE inaugural ball, make his acquaintance from the left (and then, of course, share the story with the rest of us)

f.B said...

i forgot to say "please"... so, uh, yeah.. unless you [heart] unwarranted demands

Katie said...

I've been trying to imagine how that conversation must have gone (I'm guessing awkward). Obama: We need to work together to pass a stimulus package before the end of the year. Bush: Did you know that Monday is strawberry milkshake day? Sometimes they have curly straws!

f.B said...

@katie: i was actually hoping it was more about Area 51

Attractive Nuisance said...

I'm sure you did well on the bar exam...and I speak from experience, life goes on if you are not successful on your first attempt...You appear to be in the exact same state of existence I was in last week(pre-bar results of course) waiting for life to begin...shying away from ideals of failure, yet already a success in your own right. We picked the perfect time to embark on life....