It's not often an event catches all of us -- left, right, and center -- dumbfounded, off-guard. And ill-prepared to massage the implications into a philosophical, moral, and sociological context.
The only thing that doesn't surprise me is how this has ultimately turned into a battle of left versus right.
Yes, of course, I'm talking about Michelle Obama's bangs.
As a left-leaning pragmatist with libertarian tendencies, I believe this development, though startling, perhaps even shocking, is still a matter of personal choice, best decided by one's own conscience and forehead.
The knee-jerk and outraged response from those on the right results from a mixture of insecurity and fear; i.e., most of them are bald.
On the upside, since for two days straight the Obama bangs have trended #1 -10 on the newsgroups, and been covered, extensively, by Fox, NYT, WSJ, and USA Today, it proves, hearteningly, we as Americans share a common bond: priorities.