But the key point is this: those who admire the deceased public figure (and their politics) aren’t silent at all. They are aggressively exploiting the emotions generated by the person’s death to create hagiography. Typifying these highly dubious claims about Thatcher was this (appropriately diplomatic) statement from President Obama: “The world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.” Those gushing depictions can be quite consequential, as it was for the week-long tidal wave of unbroken reverence that was heaped on Ronald Reagan upon his death, an episode that to this day shapes how Americans view him and the political ideas he symbolized. Demanding that no criticisms be voiced to counter that hagiography is to enable false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts, distortions that become quickly ossified and then endure by virtue of no opposition and the powerful emotions created by death. When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms.
People are mad that President Obama said a nice sentence about Margaret Thatcher? Like he was gonna get up and say, “On the topic of recent events… fuck that bitch,” and sit down? Okay, then.
no, but yknow it would have been nice if he was even remotely honest? like even a little bit? I mean, his revisionist bullshit over Thatcher was, truly, horrific and on the level of anything we would have (and did) rail against George W. Bush for. So yknow, Fuck that guy (Obama. That guy. Fuck him.)
Compare Obama’s statements about Thatcher to… say…. his comments on the death of Chavez, for example (which politically speaking amounted to “On the topic of recent events… fuck that guy”).
But really I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. I suppose I shouldn’t say Obama was dishonest because I really think his History is really that bankrupt in understanding. He really does believe those absolutely horrendous and ludicrous things about Thatcher since he is, indeed, the second coming of Reagan.
Let’s just take two portions of the dumbass shit he said:
So yeah, be mad about Obama The Hollow.
Barack Obama (on TV): …to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one…
Driver: You hear that line? Line’s for you.
Jackie Cogan: Don’t make me laugh. One people. It’s a myth created by Thomas Jefferson.
Driver: Oh, so now you’re going to have a go at Jefferson, huh?
Jackie Cogan: My friend, Thomas Jefferson is an American saint because he wrote the words ‘All men are created equal’, words he clearly didn’t believe since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He’s a rich white snob who’s sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So, yeah, he writes some lovely words and aroused the rabble and they went and died for those words while he sat back and drank his wine and fucked his slave girl. This guy wants to tell me we’re living in a community? Don’t make me laugh. I’m living in America, and in America you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business. Now fuckin’ pay me.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
Also, the Jackie Cogan character is pretty much Death Incarnate (“Very few guys know me”) and in America even Death Incarnate musts get paid for his work.