Wednesday, January 16, 2013

PEGGY NOONAN: SIZE MATTERS

Peggy Noonan has some thoughts about the size of Barack Obama's ... um, signature:
... I have on the wall of my office something that means a lot to me, a framed presidential commission from 1984 that named me a special assistant to President Reagan....

Underneath my Reagan commission is another, same size, almost identical, signed in 2011 by President Obama....

The two commissioning documents ... are different in one big way. On the Reagan document, the president's signature is small, clear, modest -- rising about half an inch at its highest point....

The Obama commission is startling in that the president's signature is so big, more than an inch and a half high at the B, which is an inch and a half wide. Reagan's first and last names could fit in the B alone. Obama's signature is dramatic, even theatrical: The O is cut almost exactly in two by the elongated b of Obama. Even in his signature he starkly divides....

To me it's a metaphor for the growth in the power and size of the federal government the past quarter century and, frankly, the more flamboyant egos -- or, a nicer way to say it would be the bigger personalities -- that populate it today.
Yes, that's right: a big signature equals big government! And both of these things are awful! Having a small, modest signature is way more American!

So take that, John Hancock, you commie! Elbridge Gerry was a much better American than you!





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Noonan continues:
This always makes me think of what's happened with American flag lapel pins. I have one from Reagan days on my desk. It's a little bitty thing, half an inch wide. Now American flag lapel pins are more than twice that size, as big as a man’s thumb.

I wonder why. The men aren't bigger, or the suits.
You wonder why, Peggy? I'll tell you why: it's because your ideological soul mates incessantly play games of "Who's more patriotic?" with their enemies. The flag pins wouldn't be quite so flamboyant if your wingnut pals would back the hell off once in a while.

8 comments:

Ten Bears said...

The cliches just write themselves.

TheFritoPundito said...

How long is it before she starts comparing the size of the stools in the Obama White House to the ones she remembers from the Reagan days (I'm sure she has pictures of a few!)

Victor said...

Shorter Nooner:
"Is it twue what they say about you peopwe?
Ooh!
It's twue, IT'S TWUE, what they say about you peopwe! - youw signtuwers awe much warger!"

Rugosa said...

...it's a metaphor for the growth in the power and size of the federal government the past quarter century. I remember the "handwriting analysis" booth at the county fair years ago. Is that where Noonan learned this exciting fun fact?

Lex Alexander said...

No damn wonder her blog doesn't take comments. A simple glance at federal civilian executive branch employment for every year going back to 1960 would illustrate that her metaphor has no basis in fact.

Arithmetic is to Republicans as garlic is to vampires.

Aunt Snow said...

God she's an idiot.

Bulworth said...

"To me it's a metaphor for the growth in the power and size of the federal government the past quarter century and, frankly, the more flamboyant egos -- or, a nicer way to say it would be the bigger personalities -- that populate it today."

I feared the election might take something out of Peggy, cause her to lose the very special kind of derpiness she is still allowed to put in print and electronic form for all the world to see. It appears my fears were misplaced.

marindenver said...

It reads even better when you imagine it in Nooner's sing-song Miss Nancy voice.