Recovering from the Men We Loved to Hate: Barack Obama as a Representative of Post-Post September 11 White House Masculinity

Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture, Christian Klöckner, Simone Knewitz, and Sabine Sielke, eds., 2013

28 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2013

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Greta Olson

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

Date Written: July 26, 2013

Abstract

If you, like the author of this essay, were an American long-term resident of Germany, you would have experienced the November 2008 presidential election with a sense of thanksgiving and relief. Your relief would have rested in your sense that the dismal years of the pro-war and pro-torture Bush presidency had come to an end. Your sense of thanksgiving would have been grounded in your belief that your sister and fellow U.S. Americans had woken up from a long paranoia-induced dream. You might have once more felt a sense of faith in Americans’ surprising capacity to renew themselves. Yet you would have also been glad that the hostility that had inevitably been directed at you as a representative of your country of origin was coming to an end. Perhaps even worse had been the all too frequently articulated sentiment that you represented the rare liberally minded exception to right-wing Americans and that you had been one of the few lucky ones to have escaped. I consciously place my historical person in relation to the subject of this essay because I believe that my having been frequently identified as an unusual and ‘good’ American is not incidental to German perceptions of Barack Obama as representing a positive and more European type of man.

Keywords: Obama, Masculinity, White House, 9/11, U.S. American Culture, Bush, President

Suggested Citation

Olson, Greta, Recovering from the Men We Loved to Hate: Barack Obama as a Representative of Post-Post September 11 White House Masculinity (July 26, 2013). Beyond 9/11: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Twenty-First Century U.S. American Culture, Christian Klöckner, Simone Knewitz, and Sabine Sielke, eds., 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2298714

Greta Olson (Contact Author)

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen ( email )

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