Enduring Values

Obama Recognizes Bradbury But Not D-Day

By June 7, 2012 4 Comments

Incidentally, Bradbury thought America was a uniquely exceptional nation, unlike the president

Ray Bradbury was an incredible writer with a brilliant mind whose books are well loved by many. So the day after he died, it wasn’t surprising that President Obama issued a one-paragraph statement honoring him Wednesday. But Wednesday also happened to be the 68th anniversary of D-Day—when American, British, and Canadian forces united to storm the beaches at Normandy–and the president couldn’t even manage a sentence about it.

Why? Does this have something to do with why one of Barack Obama’s first actions as president was to return the bust of Winston Churchill that had occupied the Oval Office as a post-9/11 gift from the United Kingdom?

I don’t want to read too much into it, but, like something out of a Bradbury story, it is a little weird. It’s just another glimpse into the character of a man who is so aloof that we don’t know much about him.

By the way, here are some quotations from Ray Bradbury that I’m not sure Obama would appreciate:

“Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We’ve been so busy damning ourselves for years. We’ve done it all, and yet we don’t take credit for it.” – Ray Bradbury

The president has questioned the idea of American exceptionalism, saying that other countries, such as Greece, are probably equally exceptional, and he’s apologized abroad for America’s “mistakes.”

“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.” -Ray Bradbury

This sounds like the opposite of Obama’s campaign theme, “Forward!”

And, just to honor Bradbury—forgetting about politics—here are some wise words from him:

“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

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