Obama: What Do You Want to Do?

While we’re in the throes of “first 100 days” talk with our current President, there also seems to be a spate of articles and posts about how to best distract ourselves or outright escape from the disturbing news he’s generating. How caught up should we get in his expressed desire for a Purple Heart or his brag about giving Face the Nation its best ratings since 9/11 or his penchant for poking a stick at the man-child running North Korea? We could let the daily anxiety overwhelm us or we could seek out better ways to live and contribute. This, I hasten to add, is not easy. We are literally being led by a man who takes pride in not being intellectually curious. While so many of us aspire to be global citizens, he is happiest catering to the faction that goes the other way – wall us off, baby. Keep those suckers out. Many of us are losing our minds. Meanwhile, every day there are those who scold the rest of us for letting politics interfere in our interactions when they have chosen to live with their heads immersed so far in the sand they seem to have lost hold on reality. And then there’s Barack Obama. Class oozing out of his pores, he spoke for a bit but mostly facilitated a discussion at the University of Chicago...

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