I have a fundamental objection to US News and World Report’s Lara Brown’s take on Barack Obama:
Not Fitzgerald Grant’s fictional presidency of television series “Scandal” fame, for it abounds with adept fixers, perceptive optics, heroic motives and clever dialogue. I mean Ulysses S. Grant’s scandal-plagued presidency, which was replete with clumsy denials, regretful dismissals, base enticements and desperate political ploys.
Well, actually I have two. The first objection is that, strictly speaking, the ‘S’ in Grant’s name didn’t actually stand for anything, and thus probably doesn’t require a period after it*. I know, I know: pedantry. But my second objection is not pedantry: I frankly think that it does a great disservice to Grant to compare him to Barack Obama. Ulysses S Grant, after all, showed mastery of a skill set that turned out to be absolutely vital for the very survival of the United States of America. Barack Obama can read a speech off of a teleprompter. Continue reading Ulysses S Obama?