…PEOPLE TRY TO PULL ME DOWN
THEY TALK ABOUT ME LIKE A DOG
TALKIN’ ABOUT THE CLOTHES I WEAR
BUT THEY DON’T REALIZE THEY’RE THE ONES WHO’S SQUARE
— from “Stone Free” by Jimi Hendrix
Did Obama’s off-the-cuff remark on Monday seem spontaneous to you? The facial expression seemed real enough.
The president’s silence at racial and religious attacks is taken for granted by friend and foe. Real or not, “They talk about me like a dog,” whether a reference to general abuse; the Hendrix lyric; or a biblical allusion to the contemptuous, lowly dog and punctuated by an extra large cross on the supporter behind Obama to his upper left, the comment may have earned the president entry to the Ronald Reagan Hall of Potent Asides.
Or maybe we’re asking one remark to do too much.