Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Today on Tablet

Lee Smith investigates Orientalism and Obama

Print Email

In his Agents of Influence column, Lee Smith takes a look at President Obama’s response to the Libya crisis last week and sees a direct connection to Edward Said’s seminal concept of Orientalism.

Check it out here.

Print Email
alaverbach says:

An interesting, even useful discussion, but founded on a
good deal of speculation —weak connectors and inferences that become
exaggerated as they go on:

“it seems Obama has
taken a page out of Edward Said’s Orientalism.”

“Obama . . . must
have been aware of the internationally famous Palestinian-American
professor”

“Accordingly, for the Obama Administration, it is almost inconceivable [i.e., given
that Said’s Orientalism must have influenced administration interpretation of
events] that last week’s demonstrations could have been about anything
other than something that we Americans did.”

“The Obama Administration failed them as well as Americans
when they missed an opportunity to make a robust defense of America’s
universal values. Instead, it was trying to placate a bloodthirsty mob by observing the intellectual strictures of
an English professor.” [Here, not “must have” but “did.”]

Also, one word very tip-toed:

“Two months from the presidential election, the White House
seems to be telling the electorate that one person’s unpleasant [scurrilous? hateful? the equivalent term for “anti-Semitic”
if it had been a representation of Moses?] representation of Islam and its
prophet is more significant than mobs rioting and burning American flags in
more than 20 countries.”

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Be a Mensch. Support Tablet.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Today on Tablet

Lee Smith investigates Orientalism and Obama

More on Tablet:

Polish Film ‘Ida’ Shortlisted for Oscar

By Stephanie Butnick — Pawel Pawlikowski’s bracing film up for Foreign Language Academy Award