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Glenn Greenwald’s “Little Brain” Made Me Think of This! UPDATE!

The following is a clip from one of my all time favorite movies, “Defending Your Life”. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Besides Albert Brooks, who also wrote and directed it, it stars Meryl Streep and Rip Torn. Take a few minutes and watch this clip. I frequently think about this scene when reading the likes of Glenn Greenwald or many of the writers at The Nation. My favorite exchange is…

Bob Diamond: Being from Earth, as you are, and using as little of your brain as you do, your life has pretty much been devoted to dealing with fear.

Daniel Miller: It has?

Bob Diamond: Well everybody on Earth deals with fear — that’s what little brains do.

Bob Diamond: …Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything…

Updated!!! I clicked on a link in a Tweet from Albert Brooks and came across the following post at Huffington Post, from Albert himself, which I will not link to.

WHAT DID I JUST READ?

By Barack Obama (Albert Brooks)

Imagine my surprise when I opened the New York Times and read Vladimir Putin’s Op-ed. I didn’t know what I was reading for a few minutes. Sometime’s my Chief of Staff will put The Onion in front of me just to shake things up so it took me a moment to realize this was not a joke.

First off, let me say I had a very nice time at the G20. The food was good, although a bit heavy for my taste, and the weather was pleasant. Certainly you can see the sky sometimes, which you can never do in China.

As I continued to read the Op-ed, I really couldn’t understand whether we were being insulted or praised. Mr. Putin seemed to respect the United States for one paragraph, and then blast us in another. Now understand, I admire Mr. Putin. For his age he seems to be in great physical shape and even though I could kick his ass in basketball I do believe that if a bear were to attack the both of us, he would be the one to shoo it away.

But let’s make one thing perfectly clear: this is written by a man who is the head of Russia. Russia, where the air conditioning in the room conked out even though I was in the Presidential Suite. Russia, where no one smiles and where people actually look disappointed that they are white.

Mr. Putin, we put a man on the moon and you barely got a monkey home safely. We invented the computer and you invented the way to steal it. Your country is filled with our fast food businesses and yet there is not one Russian take out place in the whole United States.

You are known for Siberia, we are known for Big Sur. We make Cadillacs and Lincolns and God knows what you call those little square deathtraps. It’s one thing to put down exceptionalism, but before you do that, you at least have to produce one Broadway show, or make one commercial airliner, or invent one type of salad.

Having said that, your people are wonderful and I know that you care about them deeply, except, of course, for the gay ones. As a matter of fact, you care about them so much that you hate to see them argue, especially with you, so you graciously offer them the solace of prison.

In any case, I enjoyed your editorial and I am very impressed that it was printed in The New York Times. If only there was a newspaper in your country that would print this.

My very best wishes,
Barack Obama.

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September 12, 2013 - Posted by | Politics | ,

3 Comments »

  1. I just love your writing style! Like you, I just wrote on this topic today. Putin’s op-ed, is a plea for peace from a man who provided at least 50 percent of the offensive weapons to Syria and who refused peaceful interventions by the UN…which means it sounds a bit …hollow.If you want to read my take on this same op-ed, here’s the link: http://findingmycenter.com/2013/09/12/the-rock-and-the-hard-places-obama-putin-and-syria-why-we-are-exceptional-people/

    Comment by LC | September 12, 2013 | Reply

  2. Thanks, EL, IMO, Brooks is 100% correct about Putin. He’s an empty suit who uses arrogance and belligerence to appear to be a “strong” leader, but when the sh*t hits the fan, he folds like a cheap suit. He had been talking loud and making threats to President Obama about Syria, but when it penetrated his brain that the president meant to remove Syria’s chemical weapons, even if he had to do it by force, Putin caved. So much for him being the “strong” leader that many republicans, and some democrats, are wasting their time praising. If they think Putin is a “strong” leader, there must be a short-circuit in their brains that interferes with their ability to recognize just who/what he is–a formal KGB official who has abused, and is still abusing, his own citizens.

    Comment by majiir | September 12, 2013 | Reply

  3. Vladimir Putin was portrayed by internet personality Nice Peter in his YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History , in Season 2’s finale episode, “Rasputin vs. Stalin” (aired on 22 April 2013).

    Comment by Kristina U. Rojas | October 30, 2013 | Reply


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