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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Spike in charge


This past Thursday, film director Spike Lee, reflecting the views of many who have found President Obama disengaged, advised the President to get angry about the oil spill: "He's very calm, cool, collected. But one time, go off! If there's any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster."

The very next day, President Obama dutifully said, "I am furious at this entire situation because this is an example where somebody didn't think through the consequences of their actions."

One may question the real reason for Obama's professed anger: is he angry because somebody acted without thinking (something he himself has been known to do), or because the spill is making him look bad?

One may not, however, question Obama's ability to take direction well.

As long as it's from the auteur of Do The Right Thing and She's Gotta Have It.

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