To the Editor:
Re: “Killing Satire in Cold Blood,” Opinion, Jan. 30
I just wanted to reassure Mr. Gault that political satire is not dead. In an interview with The Washington Post entitled “Obama Interested in D.C. Schools,” the president said that he was going to use his [position] “as leverage to get kids and parents and teachers excited about the possibilities of an education.”
The punchline? The Obamas are sending their daughters to Sidwell, a school of choice for the Washington elite.
Or how about the man confirmed as Treasury Secretary and the new boss of the IRS who did not pay his own taxes? Or take Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rob Kennedy, Time’s “Hero of the Planet,” who fought tooth and nail to prevent the building wind turbines in federal waters which would prevent 734,000 tons of carbon emissions per year known as the Cape Wind Project, who coincidentally live in the elite neighborhoods whose view would be somewhat disturbed by the towers miles from shore.
There are obviously plenty more exciting examples of political ineptitude on both “sides of the aisle.” I focused here on the Democrats because I would like to encourage the author in particular, and the paper in general, to not be afraid to criticize President Obama or the Democratic Party or any politician. They work for us, they are human and they make mistakes. It is our job to make sure that what they do is in our best interest, and maybe have a laugh or two at their expense.
Konstantin Drabkin ’11