Skip to main content

Is it Noonan or is it Not?

I love the snow in Washington. Almost as much as the cherry blossoms. One after another, like a rhythm of some kind. Snow—blossom—snow—blossom—midterms—snow—blossom.
Surely work by God—not Gore.

I digress.

It being Valentine’s Day Season,  a season of expectation and expectancy and blood flow to otherwise dormant parts of the body for both the young and spinster in all of us, I grieve at this country’s fascination—lo, its preoccupation— with celebrity, with superficiality, with, alas, a lithe African American man who achieves greatness while never quite embracing it. Reagan, whom I adored, embraced, as a matter of fact (See what I did there?), just as I yearned for him to take me in his arms and show me America--that was greatness ... our AMERICAN IDOL, our VOICE, our X FACTOR.

Come back, breath.

In fact, Reagan sometimes did hold me, as he did a nation, his arms, massive yet merry, his shoulder, steady but sympathetic, caressing me as no man has ever done—before or since.

Breath, oh, heck, fly, if you must.

He was to America what Donald Trump, what Nucky Thompson, was to the Atlantic City boardwalk—larger than life, a person for whom all the young Jersey girls (and didn’t Springsteen sing of them?) would giggle and squeak as they sat in jitneys playing with their hair and sporting tats and primping for their boyfriends with thick hair and tats of their own. Only with Reagan, it wasn’t girls in Jitneys, it was the Washington press corp. They were candy—dare I say, Jelly Beans—in his hands. A delicious ride it was, too—ask who were there, ask who were disarmed by his charm and obscure movie knowledge (that man knew Akim Tamiroff!) if we cared about AIDS or Al-Qaeda. We did not. We were in the presence of elegance. Whereas Reagan smiled, Obama grins; where Reagan waltzed, Obama boogies.

And the snow in Washington has stopped.

Again, Gore?


I digress again. It's so tough not to. So, so tough.

This America cares when it shouldn’t; this America shrugs its collective, massive flabby pectorals at greatness gone by, greatness that lies in a grave, improving the terra firma just for him being there—that is Ronald Reagan. That is celebrity. That is worth celebrating. It should spark rejoice. That is worth throwing yourself, heaving breasts and all, on a sandy grave overlooking the Pacific and saying, as Travolta did in GREASE, “You’re the one that I want.”

Obama, this president (and, oh, that toothy grin, those know-it-all, broad, white mass of teeth) will not increase the surrounding value, either intrinsically or monetarily, when he is buried. There’s sadness in a grave that holds a grinning black man who was respected but not loved. Who will throw him or herself on that grave?

I shant.

I have found my landing place, the place I will frolic and romp (which is not always the same thing), dream and make snow angels

America knows where it, and I, shall be.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site