North Korea doesn’t go to the movies. So, let me get this straight. We are having an international incident over a movie. And a Seth Rogen movie at that. Let’s get this in perspective, people. While I, of course, have not seen the movie, my guess it is not a candidate for an Oscar. That doesn’t mean that people who go to bad movies should be denied the right to see (what I’m sure is) a bad movie. But, really? Some little dictator in North Korea is dictating what movies Americans will see? That’s easy to say but he’s also a little dictator who seems to be a bit nuts (I mean, really, pals with Dennis Rodman?) but he’s also a little nut who has control over major weapons and not a lot of good logic to really know how to use them in a sensible way. A silly situation that mushroomed into a serious situation. When the president says “proportional response” let’s remember the proportion of the violation – they have embarrassed a movie studio and in the process demonstrated why these protectors of all that’s right in the world (Hollywood moguls) are as two-faced as many politicians.
Upbeat, confident Obama. After years of being disappointed over President Obama’s inability to be a strong leader, he showed leadership and likeability in his press conference the other day. Maybe he should have lost the Senate a long time ago because it seems to have freed him to be who he is. I always thought the most important responsibility of a president is to lead. He can’t affect a lot of the economy, as evidenced by the strength of the economy lately in spite of the fact that Washington has done literally nothing to affect it. The president, though, can use the bully pulpit to jaw bone the economy in a positive way, which he did effectively the other day. He also showed leadership on Cuba, took a strong position on the North Korea/Sony controversy, and even spoke Hawaiian.
The 2016 president field. The Democrats seem to be plodding toward a Hillary candidacy, even though there is a boomlet from the left for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. I liken that to the right wing’s push for a Rubio-like standard bearer, even though the mainstream media doesn’t portray it that way. And, Jeb Bush finally publicly basically said he’s in it to win it. Bush pulled a little surprise by his announcement which now forces the other GOP wannabes to reconsider their timetables and candidacies.
Happy Holidays: I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy new year! Here’s a little gift for you (click on the link): https://www.portablenorthpole.com/app/video/watch/5496fa00f0bff-5496fa00f0ca0?utm_medium=vidch14003_conf&utm_campaign=oper&user_id=7877646&pixel_source=en_vidch14003_conf&utm_source=watch