American Gerontocracy

Generational Warfare In Our Time

The Trouble with Obama

Despite a rather profound dislike of Hillary Clinton’s character and public persona, American Gerontocracy endorses her for the Democratic Presidential nomination — with the firm expectation that Obama will, in fact, be the eventual nominee.

Obama is an emotionally compelling candidate because of his rhetorical gifts and his charismatic presense. But what does he really bring to the table? I think most votes would agree that it isn’t his experience, since he has very little. He has never worked in the priate sector. He has never served in the military. He has basically been involved in local politics for almost his entire life, with the exception of a few years of national service in the Senate. He has zero executive experience. By any objective standard, he isn’t ready to be Commander-in-Chief.

(It’s interesting because when you break it down, Obama has almostnothing in common with the average American — blue collar or white collar. His ethnic backgrund, his international upbringing, his Ivy League education, his lack of true real work experience or military service…. All reflect a life history profoundly different from that of 99.9999% of Americans.)

But, his proponents argue, Obama has better judgement than the alternatives. On that basis, he should earn our votes. But does Obama really have good judgement? And how are we to know if he does, since Obama lacks any track record?

This is why Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright is relevant. As the Wright issue reemerged front and center over the last week, we’ve been given new insight into Obama’s character and his response to pressure:

But we did gain a new perspective on Wright’s former parishioner, Senator Barack Obama. And it’s not flattering. It took the Democratic frontrunner 20 years–and 50 days since videos surfaced of Wright’s incendiary sermons–to discover that the man who helped him become a Christian, officiated at his marriage, and baptized his two daughters is a conspiracy theory-loving self-publicizer. What does that say about Obama’s “judgment,” on which he largely bases his claim to the presidency?

Worse, one of the main reasons for Obama’s unequivocal split from Wright had nothing to do with the reverend’s hateful ideology. You see, Wright had the temerity to suggest that Barack Obama is just another pol. “What I think particularly angered me was his suggestion somehow that my previous denunciations of his remarks were somehow political posturing,” Obama said. This only confirms Obama’s reputation for being thin-skinned and self-absorbed. 

Months ago, when Wright first became an issue in the campaign, many chose to believe the explanations of the Obama campaign that Wright’s words were taken out of context. That they did not adequately represent the compass of Wright, the man. Even Obama excused him as the product of his times, when he said: “”I could no more disown him than I can disown my white grandmother.” And yet, in the last week, Wright’s words — and actions — have shown him to be an irresponsible radical and a racist. Yes, a racist — per Wright:

On Sunday in Detroit, he explained to 10,000 people at the Fight for Freedom Fund dinner of the NAACP — an organization adept at taking offense at far less racist comments from nonblacks — that whites have an inherent “left-brain cognitive, object-oriented learning style. Logical and analytical,” while blacks “learn not from an object but from a subject. They are right-brain, subject-oriented in their learning style. That means creative and intuitive. The two worlds have different ways of learning.”

Blacks even have better rhythm, Wright explained.

And, in fact, for political expediency, if nothing more, Obama has now contradicted his own words and finally disowned Wright.

Amazing. So where is the spectacular judgement that Obama’s backers tout? I don’t see it. And yet the media continues to go easy on Obama, even as he begins to show more and more of his true character as the pressures of the campaign ratchet up.

It’s tempting for younger voters to fall for the Obama mystique…. But politicians have been fooled before — George W. Bush being the perfect example.

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May 4, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. ODE TO OBAMA
    by Publius II

    There once was a man named Obama
    His life began with drama
    An African Muslim father
    And a wild white mama

    Obama’s white grandparents
    They gave him a charmed life
    Raised on the beaches of Hawaii
    Far from ghetto strife

    He went to private schools
    Fourteen thousand dollars a year
    Working-class white folks
    They were nowhere near

    He attended Columbia
    Then Harvard Law
    A very soft and liberal upbringing
    Something Americans eventually saw

    He then went to Chicago
    Nation of Islam, Farrakhan, Black Panthers and Jackson
    The only friends he made
    All from the extreme left-wing faction

    He joined a radical church
    His Pastor downright insane
    Blacks and whites, he said
    Think with different parts of their brain

    His church praised a man named Cone
    With hateful opinions he was filled
    He said white people were “the devil”
    And Gods who love whites must be killed

    Obama first ran for State Senate
    With permission from Chicago’s Marxist King
    A domestic terrorist named Ayers
    Obama kissed his ring

    He wrote a book called “Dreams From My Father”
    From start to finish a racist rant
    After people finally read it
    They later said: “Obama, no we can’t”

    He wrote how he rejected his mother’s race
    And that Malcolm X was a hero
    People had a clear warning
    Obama was a dangerous zero

    He was then elected to the U.S. Senate
    Obama’s ego grew very bold
    He barely served a year
    I will run for President was the story he told

    He spent millions to stage rallies
    The crowds would yell and cheer
    But then it all fizzled after he said
    Typical white folks cling to religion, guns and beer

    His wife said America was mean
    She was never really proud
    Her Black Separatist thesis at Princeton
    Became a campaign cloud

    People said he was a Muslim
    His supporters scoffed and jeered
    Then his Black Liberation Church was exposed
    And Obama’s ugly head was reared

    He tried to recover in a speech on race
    The radical left-wing media offered raves
    But he said white folks had an “untrained ear”
    And abolitionists in Pennsylvania turned over in their graves

    He claimed to be a uniter
    He would bring people together all at once
    But after his speech in Philadelphia
    He proved to be a demographic dunce

    He wouldn’t cover his heart
    As the National Anthem played
    It’s a meaningless gesture he said
    But Americans felt betrayed

    He wouldn’t wear a flag pin
    It was against his One World view
    It doesn’t matter he said
    And the American people stewed

    He first called terrorist Ayers his friend
    Then said this man he didn’t really know
    More deceit and cover-ups
    Obama’s lies began to grow

    Farrakhan, Jackson and Sharpton
    Three of Obama’s greatest fans
    He tried hiding them in the closet
    So not to further offend the white man

    Then came his anti-American Pastor
    Obama’s mentor for 20 years
    He preened, shucked and jived
    White people rose up and sneered

    NBC and the New York Times
    They tried each day to save Obama’s campaign
    But real Americans said “FU”
    And Obama spiraled down the drain

    The radical left-wing Democrats
    A Presidential race lost once again
    Is it really a surprise
    They’ve lost 7 of the last 10?

    Comment by Publius II | May 4, 2008 | Reply


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