Let me tell you who an elitist was…
Look it’s bizarre that the two candidates whose net worth far and away screams "elite" are calling the guy worth about 2% of the value of their estates the "elitist". Not to mention, since when has a Yale alum been able to call a Harvard grad an elitist and get away with it? Of course, I’m just a graduate of a state university so what the hell do I know?
But if "elitism" is bad, along with all the other things that Chris Matthews and his ilk think frame as being bad, such as calling Democrats being effete or in the alternative a masculine (depending on gender), then let us get down to the reality of the situation and proclaim it clearly.
The greatest President this nation has had since Lincoln was all of these things.
Of little note, if any, on Saturday, while Barack Obama was being called "elitist" was the the 63rd anniversary of the death of the biggest "elitist" ever to be President while simultaneously being the greatest political friend the blue collar voters of this country ever had, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
He presided over the nation’s greatest economic crisis and the world’s most horrific war. Both successfully…spectacularly successfully. He was hardly perfect, he was the ultimate "momma’s boy"; he was mocked as a "dandy" and "effeminate" until he was struck with polio at 39; he wasn’t exactly faithful to his marital vows; he had a tendency to grossly exaggerate; he valued loyalty in aides so highly he often inadvertently either worked them to death, or kept them in place when they should have been outright fired, if not tried; and allowed the internment of ethnic Japanese when he knew better. He spoke like the Harvard swell he was. His wife was strong-willed and called too masculine. Oh, and not only couldn’t he bowl…he couldn’t walk.
Yet somehow he joined the exclusive ranks of Washington and Lincoln.
All of this, despite the fact his Presidential Museum is a modest place that didn’t shake down hundreds of millions from contributors.
Admittedly, I have no idea how he came down on the coffee versus orange juice.