This comment, on an article about foreign central banks going for gold, just encapsulates… it all (via Insty):
The election of Obama was really the penultimate expression of our social and political neurosis. Think about it. He was black so he allowed people to feel good about themselves voting for a black man. Racial neurosis check. He was young, so it allowed people to think they were going to relive JFK. Boomer nostalgia neurosis, check. And he was from the upper middle class uber educated doucheoisie. Status and class neurosis check.
It was really all there. A perfect storm of shallow stupidity.