More on Obama's sexist management problem, Jon Favreau
I poked around, and ran into a little hagiography* from Esquire, which gives the epicenter, assuming that the story is accurate, of "Yes, we can." And Jon Favreau, Obama's drunken groper and management problem is indeed responsible for it:
Speeches claiming victory are never as interesting as those conceding defeat, because people are never more interesting than when they lose. In any case, neither Favreau nor his cowriters Adam Frankel and Ben Rhodes had been expecting to have to concede anything that evening. But things change quickly. After consulting with Obama for about half an hour -- Obama talked, Favreau typed notes -- they decided to reprise the hopeful refrain of "Yes, we can...." which had been the slogan of Obama's 2004 senate race in Illinois. And at that moment, a mere presidential campaign was transformed into a movement, coalesced around three simple words...
So, who are Favreau's influences? Who does he think the greatest speechwriters are?
As for speechcraft, while he says the speeches of Bobby Kennedy are his favorites, he also says Peggy Noonan is his all-time favorite speechwriter. He cites Ronald Reagan's Pointe du Hoc speech marking the fortieth anniversary of D-day as his favorite of hers, and in Noonan's sugary epic, you can hear the faint echo of Barack Obama talking about his grandfather.
Favreau also says he has greatly admired the writing of Michael Gerson, who was President Bush's main speechwriter for five years, especially his address to the joint session of Congress after the September 11 attacks. Gerson returns the admiration. One night in New Hampshire, he sought out Favreau at a campaign rally and introduced himself to talk shop.
Lovely. All Villagers together, aren't they?
I guess now I know where all those "ideas" came from: Nooners and Gerson! Because if there's anything we've learned over the last eight (heck, thirty) years, it's that Conservative talking points are designed to destroy progressive policies. You can't adopt them, and "win," if anything more than winning power is your goal.
Andrew Breitbart in the Moonie paper is, of course, utterly tendentious and instrumental, but he has it right:
If you haven't seen [the image of Favreau groping Obama's Secretary of State], imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of "The Accused" with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong's graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl.
Fraternities have been closed for less.
If the photo had exposed a
Republican offender[not-Obama supporter]*, there'd already be a full-bore media scandal and cascading resignations.
The aggressive iconography of two young drunk men taking advantage of a life-size cutout of a woman - especially a powerful one - would bring an elite college campus to a standstill, force a housecleaning of a Fortune 500 company, ground the Air Force Academy and would, in most cases, ruin the career of a Republican staffer or elected official.
Yep. Give credit. He's right.
NOTE * Like Charlie Rangel.
NOTE I say hagiography because of this little bit of teabaggery:
Obama had won big in Iowa just five days before, sending the Clinton campaign into a death spiral...
No mention that Hillary won NH shortly thereafter -- or that Obama, having lost the popular vote among Democrats, went on to be selected as the Party's nominee by the super-delegates (not that, under the rules, there's anything wrong with that). "Death spiral"? Give me a break. That's not writing, it's typing.