The Political Scene. Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency -
Inside a stunned White House, the President considers his legacy and America’s future. David Remnick The NewYorker 28,11,2016
extraits d'un très long article (60 000 signes) du New Yorker
« Obama was “cautiously optimistic.”
There were reasons to be so. His Presidency, after all, had seemed poised for a satisfying close. As recently as early 2015, the Obama Administration had been in a funk. He had underestimated ISIS; Putin had annexed Crimea; Syria was a catastrophe. His relations with the Republicans in Congress, especially since the crushing 2014 midterms, were at an impasse. Then, in a single week in June, 2015: the Supreme Court ended years of legal assaults on Obamacare; the Court ruled in favor of marriage equality; and, at a funeral following the murder of nine congregants at a black church in Charleston, Obama gave a speech that captivated much of the country. Rather than focus on the race war that the killer had hoped to incite, he spoke of the “reservoir of goodness” in the living and the dead and ended by singing “Amazing Grace.”»
« A sense of energy and accomplishment filtered back into the Administration. Long before Election Day, books were being published about its legacy: an economy steered clear of a beckoning Depression, the rescue of the automobile industry, Wall Street reform, the banning of torture, the passage of Obamacare, marriage equality, and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the end of the war in Iraq, heavy investment in renewable-energy technologies, the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Iran nuclear deal, the opening of Cuba, the Paris agreement on climate change, two terms long on dignity and short on scandal. Obama’s approval ratings reached a new high. Clinton’s election as the first female President would complete the narrative, and Obama, his aides suggested, would be free to sit in the healing sun of Oahu and contemplate nothing more rigorous than the unrushed composition of a high-priced memoir. »
During the campaign, « Obama and his staff spoke to the networks and the major cable outlets, the major papers and the mainstream Web sites, and, in an attempt to find people “where they are,” forums such as Bill Maher’s and Samantha Bee’s late-night cable shows, and Marc Maron’s podcast. But they would never reach the collective readerships of Breitbart News, the Drudge Report, WND, Newsmax, InfoWars, and lesser-knowns like Western Journalism—not to mention the closed loop of peer-to-peer right-wing rumor-mongering.
« Until recently, religious institutions, academia, and media set out the parameters of acceptable discourse, and it ranged from the unthinkable to the radical to the acceptable to policy,” Simas said. “The continuum has changed. Had Donald Trump said the things he said during the campaign eight years ago—about banning Muslims, about Mexicans, about the disabled, about women - his Republican opponents, faith leaders, academia would have denounced him and there would be no way around those voices. Now, through Facebook and Twitter, you can get around them. There is social permission for this kind of discourse »
« What I’m suggesting is that the lens through which people understand politics and politicians is extraordinarily powerful. And Trump understands the new ecosystem, in which facts and truth don’t matter. You attract attention, rouse emotions, and then move on. You can surf those emotions. I’ve said it before, but if I watched Fox I wouldn’t vote for me!” »
« Perhaps the more acute personal sadness for White House staffers was the vision of Obama and Trump sitting side by side in the Oval Office. A President who fought with dignity to rescue the country from economic catastrophe and to press for progressive change—from marriage equality to the alleviation of climate change—was putting on a mask of generous equanimity for a visitor whom he had every good reason to despise, an ethically challenged real-estate brander who had launched his political career by promoting “birtherism,” and then ran a sexist and bigoted campaign to galvanize his base »
« ... The federal government is an aircraft carrier, it’s not a speedboat. And, if you need any evidence of that, think about how hard we worked over the last eight years with a very clear progressive agenda, with a majority in the House and in the Senate, and we accomplished as much domestically as any President since Lyndon Johnson in those first two years. But it was really hard. »
« Trump had triumphed in rural America by appealing to a ferment of anti-urban, anti-coastal feeling. And yet Obama dismissed the notion that the Republicans had captured the issue of inequality. “The Republicans don’t care about that issue,” he said. “There’s no pretense that anything that they’re putting forward, any congressional proposals that are going to come forward, will reduce inequality. . . . What I do concern myself with, and the Democratic Party is going to have to concern itself with, is the fact that the confluence of globalization and technology is making the gap between rich and poor, the mismatch in power between capital and labor, greater all the time. And that’s true globally ».
« Here was the hopeful vision of diversity and dignity that Obama had made his own, and hearing these words I couldn’t help remembering how he began his victory speech eight years ago. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible,” he said, “tonight is your answer.” A very different answer arrived this Election Day. America is indeed a place where all things are possible: that is its greatest promise and, perhaps, its gravest peril ».
L'Atelier de Bazille (1870), huile sur toile, 98 × 128 cm, Paris, musée d'Orsay
Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870)
- L’exposition Frédéric Bazille, la jeunesse de l’impressionnisme
Montpellier juin-oct 2016
Montpellier, Max Leenhardt, La peinture en Provence, Bazille, Paris et les impressionnistes, Le groupe Bazille, l'héritage dans la peinture contemporaine, paysages d'eau douce, paysages de mer
- Frédéric Bazille, la jeunesse de l’impressionnisme
expo Orsay 15.11.2016 - 05.03.2017
De Montpellier à Paris, sur le motif, amitiés d'atelier, trophées de chasse, Bazille et la musique, jeune fille au piano, Aigues-Mortes, Peindre des figures au soleil, le nu moderne, fleurs, peintre d'histoire, dessinateur, La gloire commence à peine
L'expo sera ensuite présentée à la National Gallery of Art, à Washington du 9 avril au 9 juillet 2017
Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870)
L'Europe et l'Inde XVI-XVIIIe
cours de Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Collège de France
(1/6) diffusion par France-Culture du cours de 2015-2016
Que savent les Européens de l’Inde en 1500 ?
2/6 Comment la représentation de l’Inde évolue-t-elle en Europe ?
Qu'est ce qui change avec l'arrivée des jésuites ?
3/6 Que pouvons-nous apprendre des collections consacrées à l’Inde au XVIIe siècle ?
4/6 L'Inde et l'Europe, le collectionneur, James Fraser par Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Que peut nous apprendre un collectionneur écossais qui « a su vraiment entrer dans la vie indienne » dans la 1re moitié du XVIIIe siècle ?
5/6 Entre conquête et représentation, 1750-1800
Comment un projet de conquête peut-il être aussi une façon de représenter l’Inde pour les Européens dans la 2e moitié du XVIIIe siècle ?
6/6 Quelle est la perception des Européens par les Indiens à l’époque moderne ?