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We hate Obama because he's inspirational!

Over at the Huffington Post, some whining is taking place. Nothing too out of the ordinary, of course, but this particular whining stuck out to me. Blogger Robert Creamer is crying that Obama is being vilified for being -- sob! -- inspirational!

It's one thing for supporters of Hillary Clinton to make the case that her experience in Washington politics would make her a better president than Barack Obama. But it's quite another to actually vilify Obama's ability to inspire as a "cult of the personality" or "nothing but words."

It is particularly disturbing when serious progressive writers who should know better repeat this attack on Obama's inspirational abilities. It demonstrates a failure to grasp the principal lesson of the last thirty years of American politics.

In fact, it is precisely the absence of inspiration in progressive politics that has kept Progressives on the political defensive for decades.

That's because to inspire people, Progressives have to appeal to something much more important than endless lists of policies and programs. To inspire people, Progressives have to appeal to our values and to our vision for the future.


This guy obviously hit the nail right on the head. The entire political establishment is vilifying Obama because he's just so gosh darn inspirational!

Let's stop playing in Fairy Tale Land and enter reality now.

Sadly enough for Mr. Creamer, no one is vilifying Obama's ability to "inspire". He's vilified because he's a junior politician with next to no experience and nothing substantial to say except pretty words to make people feel all warm and mushy inside. It's nice to feel inspired and important, but the ability to do that does not a good President make. At least with Shrillary, we have an idea of what she stands for, what she would do as President (even though we hate what she stands for with a passion). Barack Obama is proving himself to be nothing but an empty suit. Sure, he's eloquent. He seems like an intelligent guy. He can speak well and make people feel nice. But what is he really saying?

What Mr. Creamer, and many liberals, seem to be saying is that they desire style over substance -- it's change, and hope, and inspiration, over having real values, of having goals and a plan. It's easy to say that you want to vote for a "future", and for "hope", but what does it mean??

Nothing. It means absolutely nothing. Saying you believe in "hope" is a ridiculously empty statement. This is why Obama is vilified so often; this is why he's constantly being attacked. Everyone likes feeling inspired and hopeful, but those are not the qualifications needed for President for most Americans. Maybe he could head up the Departments of Hope and Change, which can be in a new federal building shaped like a heart, where he can sit around and think of ways to inspire people with empty, meaningless rhetoric. His entire role in the government can be finding new ways of feeding our emotions.

After all, emotion is 80% of liberalism, isn't it?

To be the President of the United States, you need to be able to do something more than just inspire people and talk about abstract ideas using pretty words. When Obama grows up, and can be a big-boy politician, we'll stop vilifying him for being an empty suit, and vilify him for his policies instead.


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It's really odd how the sam... (Below threshold)
cirby:

It's really odd how the same folks who used to sit around and mutter about the popular and pretty kids in high school are the first ones to fall madly in love with the popular and pretty ones in national politics.


What a horribly written art... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

What a horribly written article. Obama has the ability to go into great detail on any single issue that ANYONE can bring up. That, and he has the ability to greatly inspire and motivate people for change. Just wait for the upcoming debates; you will see how much "substance" he has, and of course you already know he has style, which people seem to hate. I guess having style and being motivational is a bad thing these days.

I know one thing, throughout his entire campaign, he has focused on what he is going to do and why the things he is going to do are right, rather than why his competition is wrong. It seems like the Billary campaign can't say a single sentence without mentioning Obama. Why don't they stop trying to create a civil war and just focus on their own campaign? I know, they can't keep their eyes off Obama, but really, enough is enough.

People that say Obama is all talk simply haven't done their research. They are following the gloomy trend and the ignorance just makes Obama supporters like myself even more supportive. So, thank you for throwing hot coal on to the fire that is powering the unstoppable Obama train that is going to crush you all.

When he actually manages to... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

When he actually manages to inspire me, maybe I'll hate him, too. /sarc

Seriously, Obama seems like a pretty nice guy, but I have never heard him say anything solid. Sure, he has his issues lined up front and center at his website, but his speeches are designed to help people decide without thought. It's like a subliminal message, only instead it's in your face.

"Just embrace the words "hope" and "change" and we'll do all the real thinking for you," is what Obama's campaign is all about. The underlying truth here, is he can't make any real promises to his supporters, only that they will be comforted with above words like a bedtime story.

To top it off, Mrs. Obama is assuming office with her own acceptance speech (about her husband?). It doesn't get any more surreal than that.

Wow. I find it amazing tha... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

Wow. I find it amazing that Ryan in number 2 comment can't see that he is verifying the theme of Ms Fiano's post.
"just wait" "you will see"
I don't hate Obama. Seems like a nice guy. I can say the same thing about my Mom or brother but I wouldn't vote for them to be president.

Cirby, excellent point!... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Cirby, excellent point!

The Emperor Has No Clothes and it's starting to come to light, and the gullible, fawning masses don't like it one bit

Cirby, it's funny that you ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Cirby, it's funny that you mention popularity. A year ago, or maybe 2 years ago, if you would have asked an average person on the street who Barack Obama is, the average wouldn't have known. On the other hand, everyone knows Hillary Clinton and has known her for the past several years.

Who started their campaign as a well-known, popular political figure? and who started their campaign as an average state senator?

Yes, Obama is obviously popular now, but it did not start out that way. Hillary was always the popular one.

Now, I can't say whether or not Barack Obama is pretty, but I guess I will take your word for it buddy.

I think Obama is inspiring ... (Below threshold)
groucho:

I think Obama is inspiring in many of the same ways Reagan was in 1980. He is no doubt a gifted orator whose style many find refreshing, reassuring and, yes, hopeful after an administration, much like Carter's, in which the wheels have come off. I think 1980's Reagan Democrats will become 2008's Obama Republicans and, as Ryan says, sweep him into the White House, assuming that he can withstand Hillary's last ditch machinations, that is.

LaMedusa, I understand what... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

LaMedusa, I understand what you're saying but I look at it as a positive thing. I understand what he's doing with his words.

The thing is, I've always believed that the ability to be a great speaker is one of the most important skills to have. Often, speaking *is* the action that can accomplish things and ultimately being people together.

I see how Obama has captivated people using "just words" and this is why I believe he will make a great global diplomat, something America seriously needs right now.

There's no reason ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

There's no reason that the Obama Administration years can't be great for America.

As for the lack of specifi... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

As for the lack of specificity of Obama's policies? Obama has a list detailed policy position papers on his issues- Senate site.

Mark Kleiman who teaches Public Policy, at UCLA, says "Obama is ferociously smart", and believes he would be the "smartest president in the Oval Office since Jefferson."

There's no reason that t... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

There's no reason that the Obama Administration years can't be great for America.

While I'm not uncomfortable with the prospect of an Obama Presidency, statements like these are merely wishful thinking.

There are plenty of mistakes the best people can make which could be bad for America.

My main question concerning Obama is where will he get his advisors/Cabinet from? There are very few Democrats with the kinds of experience needed, and most of them were members of the Clinton administration.

Smart? Detailed? Specific? ... (Below threshold)
groucho:

Smart? Detailed? Specific? Maybe that explains Obama's success. I think the electorate may be on to something.

Ricardo, the reason I said ... (Below threshold)
Ricardo:

Ricardo, the reason I said "just wait" and "you will see" is because I believe he will go into more specifics on his issues in these upcoming debates.

Obama started his campaign being specific on issues, and people said he didn't inspire enough. This was quite a while ago. Well, since then, he has adapted to more inspirational speeches. Now many are saying he inspires a lot but isn't specific enough.

Judging by the past, I think he will start once again giving the people what they want and revert back to a more detailed and specific approach, as long as the questions in the debate make it appropriate to do so.

This is just my prediction. My two cents. :)

Hitler inspired and million... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Hitler inspired and millions died.
Castro rambles and the country is in shambles.
Osama inspired and thousands of Americans died.

Osama Obama inspires and rambles and billions will die and the country will fold to Islam and be in shambles.

Whoops, accidently posted w... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Whoops, accidently posted with the name Ricardo on post #13, meant to reply to Ricardo, not impersonate him. lol.

There should be a reply function on these comments.

- Ryan

People that say Ob... (Below threshold)
maggie:
People that say Obama is all talk simply haven't done their research. They are following the gloomy trend and the ignorance just makes Obama supporters like myself even more supportive.

So, thank you for throwing hot
coal on to the fire that is powering
the unstoppable Obama train that is
going to crush you all.

How appropriate Ryan, the threat of you
and your Obama train crushing those who disagree.
Are you wringing your hands in hysterical
anticipation of crushing someone? What camp
are you from, Pol Pot, Mao, etc.?
Your politics are not grounded in stability,
true morals, truth, transparency and the
high standards of our Founding Fathers.
Yours is the doomed path of the USSR, China,
or Cuba. I just don't appreciate the fact you
are adamant in flushing those of us who know
better down the toilet with yourselves.

Obama supporters are younge... (Below threshold)
jeff Bryant:

Obama supporters are younger and usually more connected to various information sources that older Clinton voters are not connected to.

WHy does hillary claim to have so much experience? She was first lady... yes... a ceremonial position.

in that time she was given a couple tasks like universal healthcare. she failed.

she has been in the federal senate for two terms years. 18 of the 20 bills she passed were about renaming federal buildings. One of the bills she passed was ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court. the other stuck. 1 bill in 8 years.


Obama on the other hand was in the state senate for 8 years before he even tried for the federal senate. so he actually has 4 more years of legislative experience then Clinton. unless being in the national legislature counts for double.

while obama was in the state leg, he passed close to 400 bills. He had around 90 percent pass rate.

The reason people think obama doesn't have experience is because they don't know him.
It's undersantable. My spell checker wants to change his name to Broccoli Osama.

They assume she has more because she claims more. she is older. but they were both lawyers.

he has a masters degree in international relations from Harvard where he later taught law.

do some research. have any Hillary supporters done that? or are they just taking her word for it. Hillary's base are people who by in large do not have research skills.

Young people (computer savvy) and educated people are obama's base. don't tell us we don't understand the issues. Don't tell us hillary speaks substance and obama does not when you have not done the fact checking.


Hey, this is off topic, but... (Below threshold)
Bill Vroom:

Hey, this is off topic, but I just came upon a wonderful Obama website at http://obamawill.com Very nice.

My wife - who has favored Clinton - took a look and said it was the first Obama thing that made her like him. Go figure.

"as long as the questions i... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

"as long as the questions in the debate make it appropriate to do so"

So he'll answer questions as long as they are appropriate, aka, decided upon by the liberals in the old media.

... undersantable.. good o... (Below threshold)
jeffbryant:

... undersantable.. good ol spell checker. I still should have proofread it.

Maggie,met·a·phor<... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Maggie,

met·a·phor
-noun 1. a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance.

I see you like facts, as you mentioned that it is a fact that I am flushing you down the toilet. Well, here's a fact for you - America is over 9 trillion dollars in debt. The train I am on is aiming to crush the very ideology that has gotten America into this situation in the first place. If you are lying on the track, well that's not my fault now is it.

jeff bryant, if you're goin... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

jeff bryant, if you're going to tell people to do some research, make sure you've done your's. Obama did not teach law at Harvard. He was at the University of Chicago, and he was a lecturer of constitutional law.

"Everyone likes feeling ins... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"Everyone likes feeling inspired and hopeful, but those are not the qualifications needed for President for most Americans."

I guess you guys have forgotten about Theodore Roosevelt and the bully pulpit? How about Reagan as the great communicator? A president needs a plan and has to rally the American spirt and will behind his vision. Yes, that is what most Americans feel as important qualifications, and if you want to know what his platform is then go to his website.

D-Hoggs,What I mea... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

D-Hoggs,

What I mean is whether the questions in the debate will be relevant or not, or if they will pertain to pointless drama that has come up the past few days such as Clinton accusing Obama of stealing 5 to 10 words from his friend, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who actually told Obama to use the words, or the recent situation when Bill Clinton elbowed a man in the face because the man told Bill that he is harming the democratic party with his childish behavior.

Ryan, your post did not inf... (Below threshold)
maggie:

Ryan, your post did not infer the use of
a metaphor, did it.
Just how do you and your train plan on
balancing the budget. Raising the income
tax, increasing government spending in more
social services? Your ambiguous accusation
of the nation's debt does infer it's all
someone else's fault. You believe punishing
those who pay taxes by raising them more is
going to cure this country.
It would be better if our federal government
was to return to its original purpose, which
was not universal health care, attempting to
abolish poverty world wide, throw taxpayers
money after other countries moral issues as
in battling AIDs. I believe the activation of
the Monroe Doctrine would be a good thing.
As to your train, historically it's already
a train wreck. The sad thing, you are one of those who never learn from your mistakes.

ryan, the man is trying to ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

ryan, the man is trying to become leader of my country, any and EVERY question is relevant!

Is anybody else sick to dea... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

Is anybody else sick to death of all the "trains" and "expresses" and other such nonsense that politicians are "on", and that people like ryan actually get excited about?

"A president needs a plan..... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

"A president needs a plan...and if you want to know what his platform is then go to his website."

Isn't this exactly what Kerry supporters blabbered non stop when asked what in the hell it was their candidate stood for exactly?! "Go to his website". Why is it that Kerry and Obama can't talk about what they believe?

The best thing that ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


The best thing that you could do for America is wholeheartedly support and embrace an Obama Presidency.

D-Hoggs,So you're ... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

D-Hoggs,

So you're saying you would rather hear about why or how party X is attacking party Y, instead of real issues at the debate?

Go research and see how man... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Go research and see how many times Obama voted "present" on many of the tough issues. Obama is an empty suit, and the country will soon know it. What I love is it shows the democrats have an empty field in which to choose from if this guy (who borrows those "great" speeches) is all you have.

Can't wait till the debates and they ask Obama is he shares his wife's view that he hasn't really been proud to be american until now.

No, I'm not saying that, di... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

No, I'm not saying that, didn't say, and am not saying it. I am saying that anyone trying to be the leader of my country should have complete transparency, and answer any question asked of him/her at a debate, with no qualifications from you on what's "makes it appropriate" for him to answer straight.

"Can't wait till the debate... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

"Can't wait till the debates and they ask Obama is he shares his wife's view that he hasn't really been proud to be american until now."

What your missing though Jo, is that that statement makes liberals proud.

Ladies and Jellyspoons,<... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Ladies and Jellyspoons,
I come before you to stand behind you
To tell you of something I know nothing about..

Obama is a good public speaker but for some reason hearing him talk reminds me of the above poem from elementary school.

D-Hoggs, c'mon now. I'm not... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

D-Hoggs, c'mon now. I'm not trying to define the term "appropriate." I was assuming that most would agree by what I meant as appropriate or not appropriate, such as a question like "So, Mr. Obama, what is your reaction on the Clinton's charge of plagiarism toward you?"

I agree that any question on any political issue is appropriate. Transparency is a big issue to me as well. Have you watched the 1 hour video of Google interviewing Obama? He describes in great detail how he plans to create transparency within the government with great ideas that no one else has thought of such as a search engine dedicated to openly and publicly allow anyone to track where and how America's funds are being spent. This is just one small point in the interview that I liked but of course there is more details in the video.

"Why is it that Kerry and O... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"Why is it that Kerry and Obama can't talk about what they believe?" dhogg

He has repeatedly. There have been 18 debates where he has discussed his platform, the platform differences with the other candidates and why he thinks his ideas are better. If you think he hasn't talked about what he believes in then you just haven't been paying attention.

Obama's distracters can't beat him on the issues, so they have to make-up phony controversies. This is just one of several and it will back fire.

Scrapiron makes a valid and... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Scrapiron makes a valid and important point.
I'm not sure why people haven't learned from the past about following simply because someone happens to be charismatic. Obama hasn't inspired me with what his stance on terror actually is. Cut and run? (I think that's his choice at the moment) Capitulation? Isolationism? Global test?

The only "hope" Obama inspires in me is the hope that there will be anything left of this country should he win the Presidency.
An Obama administration could be benign, but I suspect even that will weaken America.
Get ready for Jimmah Carter II.

"After all, emotion is 80% ... (Below threshold)
Rance:

"After all, emotion is 80% of liberalism, isn't it?"

Isn't emotion 80% of all political rhetoric? It's just which set of buttons the speaker chooses to push.

Look where voting for a guy... (Below threshold)
groucho:

Look where voting for a guy you'd like to "sit down and have a beer" with got this country.

"Empty suit" is just the first line of defense for the rabid right. One can only imagine what further surprises await from the swift boaters as their desperation grows.

What's a "distracters" barn... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

What's a "distracters" barney? And didn't you swear in a hissy fit that you'd never be back on this blog? Will it backfire just like it backfired with Kerry?

"Castro rambles and the ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Castro rambles and the country is in shambles."

Which will remain so, even if Castro has stepped down. With his brother as the successor, it might as well be Fidel wearing a mask.

Ryan, only freedom really captivates people in a way that makes it count. If you like Obama, fine, we just disagree on the way he should present himself. As another commenter pointed out, it's not about race because he is mostly white and arab. We have so much about America to be proud of right now.

The freedoms we have of expressing our opinion in this country are second to none, and these dem candidates are presenting themselves as the first ones that promise to bring a positive change in America. Sorry, but along with that lilting lullaby, I just ain't buying it.

"it's not about race becaus... (Below threshold)
groucho:

"it's not about race because he is mostly white and arab."

As anyone who has taken the time to find out knows, Sen. Obama is the child of a Kenyan father and an white American (Hawaiian) mother, which makes him exactly half-white and not at all an "arab".

LOL. Mostly white and Arab.... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

LOL. Mostly white and Arab. I laughed audibly on that one.

Okay, so I stand corrected ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Okay, so I stand corrected on the arab part. "Exactly half-white" should still tell you it's not about race.

Ryan, it wouldn't surprise ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Ryan, it wouldn't surprise me at all that you would side-step the actual point of my comment.

Exactly, it's not about rac... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Exactly, it's not about race. I would believe that you meant that if you hadn't have said he was Arab.

Everyone who things obama i... (Below threshold)
Ross:

Everyone who things obama is going to be the best choice for president. Anyone who disagrees can seriously suck my white A**. It appears that no one has accuratly explained reasons why he will fail or why he is not the best canidate. So because he is young he will not make a good president??? Seriously that is just ignorence talking. Stop posting if your ignorant.

*thinks... (Below threshold)
ross:

*thinks

In search of information ab... (Below threshold)
annevilla:

In search of information about Obama's 'substance'? There's plenty to examine at barackobama.com - Check it out, or will the next claim be that the site doesn't exist, either...?

In search of even MORE of that dreaded 'inspiration'? Check out "OBAMA PORTRAIT MUSIC VIDEO by Bjarne O., it's been shown all across the country at house parties and fundraisers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCPwbozpIzM

And, STILL MORE inspiration, o dear, here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQYTu8u7Sg

WE ARE THE CHANGE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

AND YES, WE CAN


Oh yea almost forgot, Obama... (Below threshold)
ross:

Oh yea almost forgot, Obama is A bears fan so he gets my vote.

"Everyone who things obama ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

"Everyone who things obama is going to be the best choice for president. Anyone who disagrees can seriously suck my white A**. It appears that no one has accuratly explained reasons why he will fail or why he is not the best canidate. So because he is young he will not make a good president??? Seriously that is just ignorence talking. Stop posting if your ignorant."

WTF?!?! Dude, take your own advice. You are barely comprehensible. It has nothing to do with him being young, it's that his policies suck, he has zero experience, he has accomplished nothing and he says nothing except "change " and "hope". Yours is the typical ridiculous claim of "I don't need to prove I am right, you need to prove I am wrong!" Why should we have to "explain reasons why he will fail", when he isn't expected to explain reasons why he will succeed?!

"WE ARE THE CHANGE WE'VE BE... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

"WE ARE THE CHANGE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR"

Talk about one of the stupidest claims I have ever heard.

WFT?? HAHA what a stroke. ... (Below threshold)
ross:

WFT?? HAHA what a stroke. I could care less that you disagree with me but the mere fact that your wrong and your points are irrelevent. He doesnt need to prove to you that he will be successful. He cant be any worse than whats in office now and the fact that he is young gives him more of a outside look at policy's. There isnt just black and white, he see's the grey areas that we as americans ignore. I feel that he will use his youthfulness and insighfulness and create plicies that will work not only on paper but in reality.

Sorry my grammer isnt perfect, its hard to type on a train.

"Everyone who things ("*... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Everyone who things ("*thinks") obama is going to be the best choice for president."

Stop posting if you're incoherent. And we don't know where your ass has been, so no thanks.

"I would believe that you meant that if you hadn't have said he was Arab."

Why, because I made a mistake on his background? Would you feel better if I still stand corrected and said Kenyan or Hawaiian? There was no mention of his possible Muslim influence while he lived in Jakarta, either. "At least half-white" should again tell you there's no influence there.

Obama has done NOTHING - ? ... (Below threshold)
annevilla:

Obama has done NOTHING - ? Obama has ZERO experience - ?

Again, there really DOES exist a site full of information called barackobama.com.

Apparently, 'educating yourself' is the change that YOU have been waiting for. And that's all I'm going to say to you, bye.

"Sorry my grammer isnt p... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Sorry my grammer isnt perfect, its hard to type on a train."

Grammar (and spelling) has nothing to do with typing on a train. Coherency is an issue here.

annevilla why don't you enl... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

annevilla why don't you enlighten us in some of obama's successes instead of just saying, "go o his website", a real objective place by the way!

ross, trains don't make you stupid. "I could care less that you disagree with me " So you DO care! The correct turn of phrase is I COULDN'T care less genius. "He doesnt need to prove to you that he will be successful." So according to ross, the man trying to be leader of our great country doesn't have to explain a damn thing about how he plans on being successful, he simply needs to be young, and not GWB. Good lord. How frigging idiotic can you get, he doesn't need to prov e anything to us?! Are you effing kidding me?! Do you care to explain any of these "gray" areas? Would you like to try to explain a single success of obama's?

By the way, "insighfulness" is not a word, and grammar has nothing to do with typing. Idiot. Stop posting if you're a complete moron.

He doesnt need to ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
He doesnt need to prove to you that he will be successful. -Ross

He does.
He hasn't.

Why, because I made a mi... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Why, because I made a mistake on his background?

One I'm sure you'll make again. But then you'll just be "forgetting" that he's not a dirty Arab.

There was no mention of his possible Muslim influence while he lived in Jakarta, either.

Not until you just made it, no. Cute.

"At least half-white" should again tell you there's no influence there.

Right, because mixed-race persons have never had any problems in this country. No, never. They weren't called mulattos and they didn't inherit slave status before the civil war. We never had laws against mixed-race marriages in this country. There was never a movie called Birth of a Nation in which a so-called mulatto named Silas Lynch (good one!) represented the uppity-negro threat to white purity and dominance. There's never been any "one drop" statutes classifying any persons with "one drop of African blood" as black and restricting their rights. No, none of those things ever happened. And such attitudes about mixed-race people, if they ever existed (they didn't!), certainly didn't persist in any way whatsoever. No way.

"One I'm sure you'll mak... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"One I'm sure you'll make again. But then you'll just be "forgetting" that he's not a dirty Arab."

You've never made a mistake, mantis. That's what I'll keep forgetting until you remind me and somehow convince me of the fact. I never said Arabs were dirty, either, nor did I suggest it. How smug and dishonest you are.

"Not until you just made it, no. Cute."

Sarcasm, too? These rumors have traveled in jet preportions all over the internet and that's why I avoided it until now. Certain commenters hear were focused on accuracy, so that's why I included such a possibility.

I was going to pile on Ross... (Below threshold)

I was going to pile on Ross, but you guys got it all wrapped up.

But hey, Ross taught me something. Being on a train is a valid excuse next time I say something stupid, or use poor grammar, or misspell every other word. How liberating it must be to know you can always blame your "ignorence" on something so simple and vote for a President based on what team he likes.

You've never made a mist... (Below threshold)
mantis:

You've never made a mistake, mantis.

Sure I have, I just don't believe you made one her.

I never said Arabs were dirty, either, nor did I suggest it.

Oh gee, my mistake. ;)

What an asshole. ... (Below threshold)
D-Hoggs:

What an asshole.

"Oh gee, my mistake. ;)"... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Oh gee, my mistake. ;)"

Now you're just being silly (steering away from the snide dishonesty.) Yes we agree, though, it was your mistake.

Obama = socialism. <... (Below threshold)

Obama = socialism.

I don't see anything particularly inspiring about that fact. Failed socialism has been around for years.

But maybe Obama can pull off what Marx, Lenin, Mao, Castro, Mugabe and the EU haven't been smart enough to pull off successfully.

Lambs to the slaughter and all that.

To be the President of t... (Below threshold)

To be the President of the United States, you need to be able to do something more than just inspire people and talk about abstract ideas using pretty words. When Obama grows up, and can be a big-boy politician, we'll stop vilifying him for being an empty suit, and vilify him for his policies instead.

Read the Audacity of Hope and you will see that there's plenty of policy behind the inspirational rhetoric. Calling Obama an empty-suit is a predictable attack line, but that will difficult to demonstrate given his grasp of policy. By November, there will be plenty of debates and press conferences where he can disprove the idea that he doesn't have any ideas.

For the right, it might be better to attack his actual policies (which are pretty liberal) than attack the messenger himself. Obama's a pretty likeable guy (like our current President) so it's not going to be easy to demonize him in this way.

C'mon.Who hasn't bee... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

C'mon.
Who hasn't been in the presence of John McCain and not be inspired?
Whom here did not watch that jet land on the aircraft carrier and watch our President climb out
with his full flight suit..and the "Mission Accomplished Banner in the background and not be inspired?

Who among us did not choose the eventual winner of American Idol in the early phase?

In the perfect combination of Idol and McCain may I offer for your dancing pleasure,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg

oh yeah..for rougman and ot... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

oh yeah..for rougman and others who do not have children living in the 21st century,,,
How many communist cells are in your neighborhood?
How many communists are in your workplace?
now...if you lived in China, with over 1 billion people and float the debt of the Bush Administration(not to mention the products allowed here) I could understand your concern.
Please..anyone here, point out a Republican running for office this year whose main plank is "vote for me or communism will take over"

Maybe your fears are based on fact.
...or just maybe the majority of Americans refuse to continue to live in your fear....
If your life, and the lives of your family are better and more free now than 2000 than yes...
support the Republican Party...good luck..but understand there just may be a majority that disagree..

The "change" theme cracks ... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

The "change" theme cracks me up. I recently watched a south park episode called "Night of the the living homeless". A bunch of homeless invade the town and keep asking people for change. It's simply hilarious. All those homeless kind of remind me of these mind-numbed idiots that keep buying into this "hope" and "change" mantra. They go bumbling around saying "Change?" "Can you spare some change sir?".

It really is hilarious.

...And you would think refe... (Below threshold)
annevilla:

...And you would think referring anyone to the barackobama.com site for information concerning 'Barack's substance' was being at least generous:
This incredible site provides information on a large array of subjects, and I simply prefer that people exercise their own particular searches into the broad substance display that is provided - expertly, with details.
And as to the Obama site's objectivity: it's of course a given that facts can be checked...?

Anyway THANK YOU WISCONSIN - YES YOU DID!

95% of people will never go... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

95% of people will never go to Obama's website and Obama's campaign knows it. If they really cared about getting their message out, some of that website content would need to be put in the speeches. It isn't.

Add to that, the majority of those people actually going to Obama's website are people either support or oppose Obama already, and won't change much for them to see his views. This is not the case for the general public.

Nogo, a better question wou... (Below threshold)

Nogo, a better question would be how many socialists are in my neighborhood or my place of business. There are some, but from what I understand most of the actual Communist sympathizers still alive today are volunteering at Obama campaign offices. You have seen the pictures, right?

But more on point, Obama is a truly gifted speaker. He could read a high school lunch menu and inspire the masses. But his message is virtually the same as any socialist candidate that has been forwarded by the Democrat Party in the past 50 years. Never has the same old mac 'n cheese tasted so good. Yummy!

Sadly...socialism will fail. It will always fail.

Energy Independence Now!</p... (Below threshold)

Energy Independence Now!


No more Oil Wars!


Stop funding the terrorists!


Drill in Anwar.

Build more nuclear power plants

Use More coal.

Use more natural gas


Turn trash into energy


Double the efficiency of windmills and solar cells.

If France can do nuclear power so can we.


If Brazil can do biomass/ethanol power so can we.


If Australia can do LNG power so can we.

I have the unfortunate dist... (Below threshold)
Netta:

I have the unfortunate distinction of currently living under the Governor that Obama "borrowed" his rhetoric from. His message to the people was also change - except his was "Together we can" ... They are alike in more than their speeches....

Obama believes in giving amnesty to how many million people that snuck over our borders?

People are stupid!! They ar... (Below threshold)
Gregg:

People are stupid!! They are so desparate for change-n-hope they will jump on the first bandwagon with a "pretty" driver. Obama is a lot of hot air but people seem to have their heads so far up his bonghole that they cant see it.lets just hope when he gets into office he holds tight to all those empty promises he has made.

Obama has "inspired" me to ... (Below threshold)
Benny:

Obama has "inspired" me to be cautious. For preeching I go to church. For politics, I go for the best candidate and that's NOT Obama. I had a car salesman that spoke just like Obama and he sold me a lemmon.

I would like to say that th... (Below threshold)
Smartie:

I would like to say that this year is a big deal.... 2008 is the big year for all this presidental war.... It was said years ago that no matter what " A woman nor a black person would ever be president of the united states of Americ " and look it here its 2008 and the two top diplomats are a black man and a female.... i'm 17 years old and i am a black female and i am not from America and no i dont live there but this is what we've all been waiting n.... this is the moment of truth lets see who wins this electons and lets see what happens i fear that it will be another kennedy situation.... stop hating and let the best person win let freedom ring and let joy flow over all... why hate we have so much to be happy for, if its Mrs. Clinton (LET HER RULE JUSTIFIDELY) if its Mr. OBAMA (LET HIM BE WHO HE WANTS TO BE) i say ... freedom of speech, justification of words and proper mannerism calls for success and if thats what they have then let dem win..... If you hate me for my honesty i say it proudly hate me.. i love my Jesus and i know this is God... And to all my african american people out there i would like to say "IF WE DONT PICK UP OUR OWN PEOPLE ..... WE WONT EVER REACH ANYWHERE" so if you believe in him believe loud my friends believe loud!

I hate Obama because he is ... (Below threshold)
John Smart:

I hate Obama because he is fraud.

a massive fraud.




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