I snatched this from our own P4P’s Place. Stop over to see hm and give him his deserved Kudos.
P4 has so beautifully identified what our new President is: He’s a product that was cleverly advertised early for release just before Christmas. He’s what bored kids wanted for Christmas without worrying about Truth In Advertising, its reliability, resale value, useful function or uniqueness. He may even be bored with it by January. The manufacturer may even be debugging it in the flield. But the kid doesn’t care about any of these things.
“I jus’ want it. It’s what I want”.
A co-worker related this story about how he asked an employee at an electronics store what the big gift is this year. And this year there really is none. What people are buying is a collection of existing items. They’re getting newer iPods, bigger LCDs, more games for existing game systems, etc. As far as I can tell, the only trend in children’s toys is (hopefully) the unleaded ones.
We probably can’t return Obama before Christmas. Maybe we can just throw him out in 4 years to make room for a real gift.
But I know what people really wanted this year. Obama.
Obamania shows all the earmarks of an obsessed kid at Christmas. It doesn’t matter what the merits of the thing are, they just want it. See also change. In fact, change is like a doll, Obama is a brand, like Tickle Me Elmo. Accept no substitutes.
And like the “it” toy of the season, anything else is a cheap imitation. Is McCain an unwanted product? No. But he’s like a Wii. Obama is a Playstation. The comparison is pretty apt, since now that the hype is over, the Wii is the more fun game system for everyone, not just the geeks (see MSM pundits) who are mesmerized by the same product with a cooler exterior.
Now that Election day is over and some Cabinet assembly is required, a lot of the purchasers are disappointed at the way things are coming together. The plans are vague and hard to read. The 1-800 number is hard to call, and the operator won’t answer the questions you’re actually asking.
Uppity note: RBO stole this from me after I stole it from P4P. There is NO honor among thieves! That’s why I have no problem stealing what RBO added without even the slightest twinge of guilt.
Ladies and gentlemen: The Obama Administration, In Sync!
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