Derangement meets cynicism. From Politico, President Obama and the politics of kitsch:
Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. At the White House. By himself.
No press or other intruders allowed. Except the White House photographer.
Nothing more than the president’s sentiment is necessary, because nothing can exceed it. Perfection cannot be perfected. The tragedy is less significant than the great one’s recognition of it. We’re way beyond kissing babies in this country. This is getting weird.
So I guess it’s inconceivable anyone will sit the One down to explain to him the whole point of a moment of silence is, well, silence. I wonder: what would an Oval Office intervention look like, anyway?