A Potential Risk In Looking For Optimism: Objectivity Loss

It’s been a big news morning.

Steve Jobs announcement that Apple is withdrawing the iPad from market two days before its launch has stunned those of us that believed this device would change everything.

The rumor of an inherent problem in the iPad experience has led some to wonder whether the same is true of the iPhone and iPod, and there is speculation we may see a return to more traditional forms of communication for a while, with less reliance on state of the art technology. Regardless of the facts, the withdrawal of the iPad for “the foreseeable future” has changed some people's view of the future. It was perhaps inevitable. Nevertheless, this gain in objectivity comes at the cost of optimism.

The other breaking news of the day, of course, in the wake of yesterday’s Vanity Fair story about Tiger Woods, is Michelle Obama’s announcement that Tiger, his wife Erin and their children will be moving into the White House for at least the rest of the year.

The hope is that she and the President can provide them with the kind of domestic stability that they need to help them overcome the problems Tiger has created in his marriage.

Responding to questions about whether the public scrutiny of the White House was in fact the best environment for the family to try to rebuild, the First Lady stressed that in her view, public awareness of Tiger’s schedule would do much to restore the trust that was missing because Erin would now know where Tiger was at all times.

On a lighter note, there is news that this year’s European spaghetti crop is the heaviest since 1957, which will reduce the price of one of the world’s food staples.

In an economy still trying to find its feet, cheaper spaghetti is a cause for celebration.

Particularly today.