What all these people ignored, however, were the answers. I'm convinced that anyone who followed the session, as I did, would have been as impressed as I was by the way in which Obama answered every question thrown at him. He handled them with grace, understanding, empathy, and a wealth of facts and knowledge--a truly impressive performance. He did not skirt issues, but answered difficult questions frankly, with acknowledgement of his own frustration with the intractability of the problems and his failure to address them with greater speed. He came across as the reasonable, practical, fair-minded man I voted for, whose intelligence and thoughtfulness are needed more, in today's political circumstance, than all the nonsense that passes for political discourse.
It's in this way that the "news" is distorted on its way between the source and the listening public. No wonder people are responding as they do to the comedian Jon Stewart's plea for a return to sanity and reason. It takes a satirist to talk common sense. Who'll join me on the Mall, October 30th?