Most people, when they’re kids, grow up admiring and wanting to emulate some actor – or, to be precise, some actor’s character - that they’ve seen in the movies. In this regard, Obama is like practically everybody else. But who would ever have guessed that he grew up wanting to be ZaSu Pitts?
For the uninitiated, ZaSu Pitts was best known for her comic movie roles in the 1930’s; she specialized in portraying a constantly flustered worrier, who typically responded to each new crisis with a plaintive cry of “Oh, dear!” Our President has put me in mind of Ms. Pitts with his nervous handwringing and tepid observations in connection with the violence in Iran. “Oh, dear!” he seems to whine. “This situation could seriously undermine my ability to charm the mullahs out of their nukes.”
Well, I think it highly unlikely that he was going to succeed in that, anyway, especially given the intransigence of the Iranian theocracy. So he might want to consider taking a different tack: condemning the government’s crackdown on dissent and unequivocally expressing his support for those people in Iran who are desperate for genuine democracy. He could do that much without in any way threatening to physically intervene. Sometimes, as President Reagan demonstrated during the Polish crisis, a bold statement of principle is all that is needed to give hope to the oppressed, and to start a crack running through the weakened façade of a tyrannical government.
Update: Yo, Preshizzle, even France - freakin' France, dude! - has condemned the election as fraudulent.