Michael Moore's river of self-delusion truly does run deep and wide:
And as for Summers and Treasury secretary Tim Geithner (also not kindly treated [in the film]), Moore told the audience in a brief question and answer period that he hoped Obama had brought them on in the same way that some banks hire robbers to help them guard against future theft: "Maybe that's what Obama's doing -- he hired the people who robbed all the money to help him get it back. That's the optimistic version."
Noticing that the audience seemed lukewarm about the president, Moore rushed to add that the election was the best day of the last decade of his life and said, "Instead of us piling on him, he needs our support."
Look, I could talk about battered wives and cities in Sweden and so on, but it would just be cruel. This is a cry for help, people. Would someone please get this man the psychotherapy he so desperately needs?
VOLTAIRE WEIGHS IN: Coincidentally (maybe a little too coincidentally), I read this just last night:
"Oh, Pangloss!" cried Candide, "though hadst not guessed at this abomination; it is the end. I must at last renounce thy optimism."
"What is this optimism?" said Cacambo.
"Alas!" said Candide, "it is the madness of maintaining that everything is right when it is wrong."