I’ve commented (at length) about what a fundamentally unkind man Obama is. Today, Mr. Hopenchange revealed that mean streak yet again in a nasty remark he made about Jessica Simpson’s weight. This man is not hopeful, he is not clever, he is not kind, and it’s becoming clear that he is not smart. He is mean, condescending, and grim.
Even the fiercest Bush haters in my community, when pushed, agreed that he’d probably be a fun guy to hang out with at a barbeque. I suspect that, as more of these nasty personal remarks from Obama ooze out, even his most devoted supporters will be hard-pressed to say they want to be in conversation with (or the target of a conversation with) Obama.
UPDATE: Thanks to Helen for updating the record and pointing out that Obama’s remark was observational, not mean. I still don’t get a “hail, fellow, well met!” vibe from the man, and think his past behavior bespeaks someone who is big on verbal (and finger) one-upmanship, but he gets a pass on this one.
I’m sensitive to this, by the way, because in my teens, I had a quick tongue and low self esteem, and could be very witty at other people’s expense. I finally figured out that this was not how to win friends and influence people (I actually figured it out after reading the original 1930-something edition of Dale Carnegie’s truly wonderful How to Win Friends & Influence People). Since then, while I always value wit, I have a low tolerance for mean-spirited verbal attacks on people who are not able to defend themselves, either because they’re in a one-down position, or because they lack the attackers verbal dexterity.