Friday, January 21, 2005

Over the Top?


Why can't President Bush dance?

Why can't President Bush dance? White man's disease? Hip replacement surgery? Is he restricted by his defibrillator?! Doesn't do physical nuance? With Laura looking beautiful, somebody needs to take her for a spin on the dance floor.

But did Bush go over the top in his inaugural speech? Peggy Noonan thinks so. I like the soaring rhetoric about our nation's calling to promote freedom around the globe, but the more I absorb the scale of events like the Hajj, and try to reconcile our concepts of individual liberty and secular government with the realities of vast swaths of Asia and the MidEast, the less optimistic I am of a universal triumph of democratic structures and individual freedom as we know it. Bush did caveat his speech with the "institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own" comment (that's a disclaimer that doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about toppling existing tyrants), but, the noble goals of his address may in the end be more difficult to achieve than teaching him how to dance.