Barack Hussein Obama II

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My apologies to William Shakespeare. Whenever a critic of President Obama refers to him as Barack Hussein Obama, I know that the article will be a hit piece, filled with untruths and probably hate too.

How do we hate thee? Let us count the ways.
We hate thee to the depth and breadth and height
Our souls can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
We hate thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
We hate thee freely, as men strive for Right;
We hate thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
We hate thee with the passion put to use
In our old griefs, and with our childhood’s faith.
We hate thee with a hate we seemed to lose
With our lost saints – we hate thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all our lives! – and, if God choose,
We shall but hate thee better after death.

Signed the GOP

Mark Twain

A portrait of the American writer Mark Twain t...

A portrait of the American writer Mark Twain taken by A. F. Bradley in New York, 1907. http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/publications/siycfall_05.pdf http://www.twainquotes.com/Bradley/bradley.html See also other photographs of Mark Twain by A. F. Bradley taken in March 1907 in New York on Mark Twain Project Online. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

England has William Shakespeare, the most quoted writer in english, and we have Mark Twain, the second most quoted writer in english. Twain’s english is closer to our modern english and is therefore easier to understand IMHO. As a student, I much preferred to read Twain’s works; Shakespeare was a chore in school.

These are two of the quotable sayings of Twain’s. “The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” I still remember my first visit to San Francisco in June, 1963. I drove into town in a rented convertible from Sacramento. As I approached the city on Interstate 80, the temperature dropped steadily. Finally, I stopped and raised the convertible’s top. I was never to put it down again for the four days I spent there.

A second Twain saying, “A lie can travel halfway round the world while the  truth is putting its shoes on.” And that was before the internet and FOX News. I enjoy Twain’s sayings so much because they are usually short and make their points memorable using humor.

Mark Twain was also the author of The Gilded Age, which I am reading now for the first time. Since many are labeling the present day the Second Gilded Age, I decided to read it and I will write about it when I finish.

Senate GOP on filibusters

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the 'Chandos portrait' after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My apologies to William Shakespeare.
How shall we obstruct thee? Let us count the ways.
We shall obstruct thee to the depth and breath and height, especially depth.
Our souls can reach, when feeling out of sight and mind.
For the ends of being and the approval of the 1%.
We shall obstruct thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light and darkest night.
We shall obstruct thee freely, as men strive to serve the Right.
We shall obstruct thee surely, as we turn from reason.
We shall obstruct thee with passion put to use
In our old griefs, and with childhood’s spite
We shall obstruct thee with a passion born of blindness
With our lost probity. We shall obstruct thee with endless words,
Smiles, crocodile tears, of all life; and if God choose
We shall obstruct thee until the death of the Republic.

P.S. From a Rolling Stone interview with President Obama:

Is there any way to break through that obstructionism by Republicans?

My hope is that if the American people send a message to them that’s consistent with the fact that Congress is polling at 13 percent right now, and they suffer some losses in this next election, that there’s going to be some self-reflection going on – that it might break the fever. They might say to themselves, “You know what, we’ve lost our way here. We need to refocus on trying to get things done for the American people.”

Frankly, I know that there are good, decent Republicans on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me. But right now, in an atmosphere in which folks like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist are defining what it means to be a true conservative, they are lying low. My hope is that after this next election, they’ll feel a little more liberated to go out and say, “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.””