Shakespeare or Euripides?

Comedy or tragedy? That is the question.

“He who we have been waiting for” set the bar too close to the Sun. The seas aren’t lowering, they are filling with oil and he is powerless to stop it. Our allies “offended” by George Bush are confused and routinely insulted by Barack Obama. Our enemies “enabled” by Bush’s acrimony are energized by Obama’s pandering. Constantly berating his predecessor’s administration as corrupt, inept and suffering from the inbreeding of cronyism, his own administration exhibits the same corrupt and irrelevant Congress, a ponderously slow route to mediocre decisions, and an intellectually incestuous West Wing staffed with cronies. The Guantánamo Bay he smugly announced would close within a year is still operating with all its detainees in residence two years hence. The surge he derided in Iraq is now his in Afghanistan. The Predator strikes that repulsed him under Bush have increased under Obama. And now Bush’s General “Betray Us” is running his war.

At some point during his insufferably arrogant campaign, why didn’t David Axelrod or Rahm Emanuel take him aside and tell him story of Nemesis[1]?

He is the boy emperor being mugged by the real world. To quote the Bard in perfectly describing the essence of Greek tragedy, Obama is wrestling with “[w]hether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles.”

Ironic that.


[1] The dreaded Greek goddess who brings divine retribution in ironic fashion to overweening arrogance.

4 thoughts on “Shakespeare or Euripides?

  1. This is an excellent example of using your word-smithing skills ,EW. A clever combination of prose and poetry. Outstanding.

    However, I would like to make a suggestion as to how you could have enhanced it’s effectiveness. You should have entitled it or ended the blog with the sentence:

    “I have come to bury Caesar not to praise him.”

    …But I guess that would be redundant and too obvious?

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