Helen Keller, With Obama

December 12, 2010 by USA Post 

Helen Keller, Obama for a while had his children’s book publishers, more precisely, one to bring out around the holidays. Barry has managed to write just such a thing before he took office, or what we’re told. Your reviewer suspects the President because he wrote on the job, pressing between phone calls (“ah ooh it, just keep the drone strike”) and within sessions Crocodile Mile with David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel. The book, Of Thee I Sing, is a poem-letter to Barry’s daughters Sasha and Malia. What, exactly, does Obama sing?

Of Thee I Sing is a catalog of great Americans, all of which Obama regards as examples of his daughters (pictured on the cover alongside the charm of the Obama family mutt water Brazilian language, Bo), and by extension all young U.S. should emulate. Or perhaps more accurate to say that Obama finds metaphors in the life stories of 13 Americans Ideal for 1) the qualities of his daughters, whom he would like to see grow, and 2) America itself.

Barry Selection of Great Americans is difficult to argue with. In fact, it’s depressing harmless. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are here. So Martin Luther King. Jackie Robinson, Neil Armstrong, Helen Keller. It’s a shame, however, that so many Americans are great sanitized for manuals and brochures welfare as Of Thee I Sing. The most radical dimensions of MLK or Einstein inevitably get lost in the beautification and airbrush, as truly threatening beliefs of someone like Helen Keller. A Wobbly and a socialist, now it would probably be a recurring topic of scowling Bill O’Reilly segments.

Some of the less secure, more intriguing choice of Cesar Chavez (Messicana, something resembling a socialist agrarian), Sitting Bull (Injun, partially led Sioux bully the satisfaction of the U.S. Cavalry at Little Big Horn), and Maya Lin (Chinesish , designed the Vietnam Memorial, which is despised by many to be austere and sombre rather than rah-rah and emphatic).

However, your criticism want a few bold choices and / or perverse. Imagine if Barry had included these quintessential Americans like Malcolm X or Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey and Emma Goldman or Orson Welles (hell, why not William Randolph Hearst too?). Or, say, Eric B. and Rakim. Or Johnny Cash. We assume he can not do such things, for safety (the inclusion of Sitting Bull led to a minor conniption among the usual suspects). But we can dream.

You want quotes? Here are some quotes…

About her daughters:

Have I told you lately, it’s wonderful you are?

How you laugh

And spills in the sun room?

And America itself:

Did I tell you that America is composed of people of all kinds?

People of all races, religions and beliefs.

The people of the coast and the mountains.

People who shine bright lights

By sharing their unique gifts…

Let’s not mince words. Barry is a better writer and mind more subtle than most politicians, but we can not imagine the kids will eat Of Thee I Sing this Yuletide. Some parents may be forced to seriously their kids unhappy, but we suspect the youth of America will enjoy reading silly things and more imagination around Christmas / Saturnalia fire. There are many wonderful and delightful Christmas-themed books for children, after all.

Your reviewer believes the most inspired choice Obama of Thee I Sing is, hands down, Billie Holiday. Barry reminds us that “she wore a gardenia in her hair,” which is at least bright…

Speaking of flowers, the only other artist in the book is Georgia O’Keeffe, which means that Barack Obama wants young Americans to spend their days painting vgnas.

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