Sunday, 9 November 2008

Rahmbama II

Should you need further proof of the fact that Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel will make a perfect team, watch this. Note the deep affection in Obama's roasting of Emanuel.

Even more importantly, *watch Rahm Emanuel really laugh at himself*. This pitbull with brass balls who sends Republicans into fits of rage is sitting at this no-punches-pulled roast *really laughing at himself*.

George W. Bush never could.

And if that doesn't say it all, let me explain.

Having extricated myself from a relationship with a wounded, manipulative man who ripped my heart out, threw it on the floor and did a rain dance on it, I am painfully aware of the early warning sign I missed: he could laugh at everyone/everything else but himself. Even gentle teasing was met with a jab, or a tightening of the atmosphere that was only relieved by my walking on eggshells and stroking his ego.

I should have known - my father was exactly the same. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

But I won't make the same mistake again: that ability is one of the first things I note about my friends (especially men) now, and it *must* be present before I trust. Most recently, I told a friend, "Oh. my. god. You were *such* a prick!" when he told me what he had been like about a decade ago. Head in hand, he laughed sheepishly and said, "You're right."

Now that's what I call passing with flying colours.

Being able to laugh at yourself is a sign of a healthy ego, self-awareness, the potential for growth. It is closely tied to the ability to accept criticism. It is an essential component of a healthy personality. If you find it hard, work at it.

Trust me, it will transform your life - in the best way possible.

And now, back to Rahmbama. Enjoy the sight of Rahm Emanuel laughing his head off as Barack Obama thoroughly roasts him, then sticks the fork in.

I can hear the laughter from the Oval Office now. Heaven knows, we could use it almost more than anything else...after all, it is the best medicine.

Let the healing begin.

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