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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Behind the scenes at the White House

President Obama released a statement yesterday in which he said that his thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people. Obama said that the U.S. is ready to support the Japanese people "in this time of great trial....The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis."

Perfectly worded, if standard boilerplate. But I can't help but wonder what Obama's real reaction to the earthquake and catastrophe was behind the scenes, as he watched it on TV upstairs at the White House. My guess is it went more like this:

"Oh man, wow, did you see that wave?! Awesome!! It knocked that tanker right into the seawall! Whoa! Look at those cars -- they're tumbling end over end! Jesus, did you see that explosion at the oil refinery? Cool!! Oh man -- an 8.9 is totally amazing! And did you see what it did to those houses? They look like a pile of matchsticks now! Unbelievable! Oh look --here comes another wave -- Whoosh! Ha ha!! Incredible. Wait -- play that one over again, I want to see it one more time. Okay -- whoosh --Bam!! (cackles with glee) Back when I was at Punahou we used to skip school and go to the North Shore whenever there were some big waves. I'm telling you, I've seen taller waves, but they didn't come ashore like this one! Can you imagine a 23 foot tsunami?! Oh wait, here it comes again -- kaboom!! Wooowww! I swear, this is as good as ESPN."

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