Seven days ago, author David Eggers announced the creation of a website dedicated to reelecting President Obama. The website is called “90 Days, 90 Reasons,” and its goal is to provide 90 “daily reasons—concrete, factual, plain—to re-elect Barack Obama…[and] likely outcomes of a Romney presidency.” I wanted to wait a while before declaring this project the most pretentious piece of Team Blue propaganda of the campaign season, but after today’s entry by Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg, I’m calling the fight.
Eisenberg’s entry is titled “PRESIDENT OBAMA UNDERSTANDS THE WORLD WRIT LARGE,” and it goes like this:
“I’m traveling through Mongolia and currently staying in a yurt. This was not by choice; I’m with persuasive friends. If it were up to me I’d never leave my apartment and, more specifically, the bedroom area. But my comforts have given me a nagging sense of discomfort. I think traveling and seeing how other people live, even if I’m not totally immersing myself, assuages some of my unease because it re-sensitizes me to the difficulties and existential inconveniences that most other people face. In this way, I think Barack Obama is a good leader for our diverse country because he’s seen how the world lives. It doesn’t take a lot to realize that seeing the world forces you to interact with it in a different way and I know that I feel more comfortable being represented by someone who’s seen it.”
That’s it. That’s Eisenberg’s case that Obama understands foreign policy. He’s in a yurt with wifi and Obama has visited a lot of foreign countries.