Who is this guy?

I like Barack. I’ve liked him all year and have been crossing my fingers for him. Naturally, I’m beyond delighted. But I’ve been sort of going: who is this guy? Beyond the obvious, oh, he’s a Democrat and liberal and an African-American and an Harvard law professor and a dude who smoked dope in Hawaii (because…you live in Hawaii, for God’s sake…why wouldn’t you)….

No. I mean: who he is. And I think I have it. I mean, W. was a rock–not in sense of strength and stability but like the guy who stakes his position and just holds it no matter what, convinced he’ll ride it out and be vindicated, which is why he has no plan when shit blows up around him. Clinton was a surfer; he’d catch one wave after another–the whole idea was stay on the board. The elder Bush was a little like his son, except smarter and more flexible–he was more tree than rock but still of the ride-it-out old money school (and with that Bush mean streak…never forget he was CIA director once). Reagan was all stagecraft–they built the set around wherever he went. And so on…I’m not going to work all the way to George Washington.

Obama? He’s the chess player six moves ahead of you.

About Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he also was an OBA finalist in 1992 and 2002). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian. View all posts by Steve Patterson

One response to “Who is this guy?

  • MattyZ

    I agree with that, Steve. Nicely put. We may be looking at a brilliant mix of quiet ego and well timed strategy. And I believe that is what makes a good president. I do hope that in his planning 6 moves ahead, he never keeps us in the dark. My prayer is that, although he should remain measured – that he is very transparent in his governing style…time will tell.

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