“For the past hour I have my eyes fixed on the doors here,” he said. “You talk about fascism and police repression. In Germany when I was a student, they come through those doors long ago. Here they must be very slow.”
Grass was enjoying himself for the first time all evening. He was not simply saying, “You really don’t have so much to worry about.” He was indulging his sense of the absurd. He was saying: “You American intellectuals—you want so desperately to feel besieged and persecuted!”
But talk about sophistry — on the one hand, Rosie believes that the American government is bloodthirsty enough to kill 3000 people — and yet, like Oliver Stone and Michael Moore, doesn’t even wonder why she feels perfectly safe enough to openly espouse her theories on national TV and on Twitter.
In any case, immediately after 9/11, Rosie was singing a far different tune:
Talkshow host and ardent Democratic activist Rosie O’Donnell stunned Los Angeles radio listeners Thursday morning by declaring she’s changed her opinion of President Bush.
“I love him now!” O’Donnell told KRLA-AM’s Dennis Prager.
O’Donnell said she even got to Yankee Stadium an hour early for a World Series game so that she could videotape Bush!
‘I brought a videocamera and my six year old son and no security so that my son could see the president,” said O’Donnell.
“We left at 6 o’clock in order to do that. And since September 11, I have had nothing but accolades for the job he has done for this nation… I am in full support of the President.”
O’Donnell added: “Honey, I love him now! He is our President. We are at war.”
Many presidents enjoy an initial wartime rally-round-the-flag bounce in their poll numbers, and from LBJ to Obama, it’s normal for the far left to initially rally round a president and then quickly discard him for not living up to their platonic ideal. But talk about bipolar (and for a time, there was certainly talk that Rosie was just that): how does one go from “Honey, I love him now! He is our president. We are at war,” to: Hey, Bush killed 3,000 people, ya know. Oh, and give me a decaf vente latte with extra soy milk, to go.