Some people are put off by this drippy effort at putting Obama’s words to music, but far more worrisome is Obama’s ad that apparently ran in some markets during the Super Bowl (we were fast forwarding through many of the ads with Tivo, so I cannot say whether it appeared in the Chicago market). The song is just silly (its silliness is underscored by the fierce intensity of so many of the assembled B-list actors as they are singing it), but the condensed message in that ad should make people think twice about this candidate. “We can change the world” is a completely commonplace claim, but frankly we have had quite enough of Presidents on a mission to “change the world.” We don’t need planet-savers and world-changers. We need some minimally competent executive who can occasionally veto an oversized budget and not start wars. As the candidate with the largest spending pledges and a hyper-ambitious foreign policy, Obama is not going to be that executive. We have had quite enough of the candidates of Big, Sweeping Ideas–they have a bad habit of getting us embroiled in Big, Destructive Conflicts. It’s enough to make you long for the days when utterly small-bore trivia dominated election campaigns.
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