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Soledad O'Brien: You know who's like the heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger? Barack Obama!

Soledad O'Brien couldn't discuss Captain Sullenberger and his actions without comparing them to Barack Obama:

CNN's Saturday filled with following Barack Obama's train trip to the Inauguration was also filled with Obama praise. At one juncture, CNN couldn't help but metaphorically merge Barack Obama with the exhilarating news of the US Airways pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson River without losing a single passenger.

A few minutes after 2 pm Eastern time, anchorman Wolf Blitzer recalled "Soledad [O'Brien] and I were talking about this earlier and she was saying metaphorically in some ways, the pilot of that airplane is very much like Barack Obama -- that he got the plane down safely, but everybody else had to join together to get out of the plane and pull together to get through that adversity. I thought that was an interesting metaphor.

I'm still trying to figure out if O'Brien is trying to raise Obama to Sullenberger's heroism or if she's trying to raise Sullenberger's to Obama's. Either way, that Obama previously has been compared to Jesus Christ as a messianic figure, comparing Obama to Sullenberger reduces his stature back down to that of a mere mortal. Maybe Obama's star is fading a bit?


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SMH!... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

SMH!

Doesn't matter. B... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Doesn't matter.

Blitz and O'Brien are both idiots.

Well, "Sully's" the talk of... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Well, "Sully's" the talk of the town right now, so they have to try to tie him in with the Obama inaugural train. Teensy problem with the comparison: The pilot is skilled with improvising in a crisis, and Obama needs a generated crisis with a game plan to test his mettle. These are Biden's words.

Another non-comparison would be that the pilot didn't need an audience to do the right thing, but Obama needed a campaign manager to sell him as qualified in areas he's never even touched. Yes, hold on to your seats, Obama may just be told to "fly and land an airplane" to please the crowd.

Give. Me. A. Break!<p... (Below threshold)
newton:

Give. Me. A. Break!

No wonder I don't watch that channel!

The fact is the man is Pres... (Below threshold)
The truth:

The fact is the man is President.Barack Obama. People swallow it! He deserves the praise he's getting because he is placed in a position that many many americans will never touch. He was also able to score that position while we were inside of a recession that I'm sure most people president Bush caused. So grow up kids its done, call him what you want, but its a position that none of you commentors, bloggers or reporters could ever hold.

Captain Sullenberger charge... (Below threshold)
Hey, "The truth",Are... (Below threshold)
Elroy Jetson:

Hey, "The truth",
Are you the light and the way also?
Obama won, yeah I know. But he is a politican. That is all he is up to this point. How anyone could compare the lifetime of service to his country like a Captain Sullenberger to a politican whose only accomplishments so far is winning elections?

I've been sitting here for ... (Below threshold)
ECM:

I've been sitting here for ten minutes trying to reconstruct this metaphor in a manner that has even a modicum of logical coherence and I've failed, utterly. Why? Because it has no logical coherence!

Of course Sullenberger is j... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Of course Sullenberger is just like Obama. Just count the ways:

Served our nation in the military. . oh, wait, sorry, no.

Decades of experience, crap, sorry

Has run a successful business. . . oops

Competent co-pilot. . . I give up, anyway, there must be some point of comparison.

Hey, Sullenberger breathes, that lets Obama worshippers connect them.

Completely mind-boggling. H... (Below threshold)

Completely mind-boggling. Has anyone checked the air quality in the studios lately?

This is blantant fawning. ... (Below threshold)

This is blantant fawning. Disgusting.
http://www.rightklik.net/

The truth,<blockquote... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The truth,

He was also able to score that position while we were inside of a recession that I'm sure most people president Bush caused.

Just because you're a pea brain doesn't mean most people are.

So grow up kids its done, call him what you want, but its a position that none of you commentors, bloggers or reporters could ever hold.

Of course that was the case with Bush after winning in 2000 and 2004, but that didn't stop criticism. Thus, it's just another irrelevant comment by a commentator who uses multiple monikers to disguise the extent of their stupidity.

ECM:I've ... (Below threshold)

ECM:

I've been sitting here for ten minutes trying to reconstruct this metaphor in a manner that has even a modicum of logical coherence and I've failed, utterly. Why? Because it has no logical coherence!

Bingo! Give that man/woman a cigar!

What you are at the top, th... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

What you are at the top, there is no way but down. The press has built Barry up so much, he can not meet expectation. The patina will fade.

Barry already has a failed presidency. ww

President Barack Hussein Ob... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

President Barack Hussein Obama

2 More days!!!!!!!!!


I love it. Get use to it. He's gonna be President for the next 8 years. BooYah!


What a Joy! What A Joy!

What an insult to Capt. Sul... (Below threshold)
Carol:

What an insult to Capt. Sullenberger.

The MSM has lost any sembla... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

The MSM has lost any semblance of objectivity.
How can we trust these people to give any truthful reporting about the Obama administration?

If you think this upcoming coronation is going to be expensive, take a look at your assets two years from now. I know, a lot of people have taken a beating in the last year or so. And I believe that was truly a bi-partisan effort. But now, the Government and the economy is strictly in the hands of democrats. It ain't going to be pretty.

At least their not trying t... (Below threshold)

At least their not trying to hide their lack of objectivity now. Is it any wonder that the MSM won the 2008 Idiotarian of the Year Award?

Ugh. They're, not their.</... (Below threshold)

Ugh. They're, not their.

She's cute, but what a moro... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

She's cute, but what a moron. When has Barry ever been faced with an emergency or crisis for her comparison? Oh, never mind, I have already given this too much consideration...

"She's cute, but what a mor... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

"She's cute, but what a moron."

I will agree, she is a moron.

The MSM has lost a... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
The MSM has lost any semblance of objectivity. How can we trust these people to give any truthful reporting about the Obama administration?

In their worship of Obama maybe the MSM will tone down their fear mongering about the economy, which will do more to pull us out of the economic downturn than anything the government plans on doing.

This obsession with Obama j... (Below threshold)

This obsession with Obama just kills me. For instance, in a story by the AP about the U.S. Airways flight, this was included..

When a reporter approached him for comment, one of the officials responded: "No chance."

NBC said "Today" show host Matt Lauer would interview Sullenberger from Washington on Monday, a day before President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated.

Just in case you DIDN'T know that Barack Obama was being inaugurated on Tuesday, the day after Monday. Perhaps the most random statement that had nothing to do with the story it was included in, other than days of the week. Unless ofcourse you are completely and utterly OBSESSED WITH OBAMA, as the Associated Press is...

Sorry, the "NBC" to "inaugu... (Below threshold)

Sorry, the "NBC" to "inaugurated" should be in blockquotes as well.

Here is a link to the story.

I love the way liberals alw... (Below threshold)
MPR:

I love the way liberals always want to inject themselves into a story that would make them look better than they are. They always said it was too bad that Bubba didn't have a 9/11 to elevate his presidency. Clinton even liked the idea of the President fighting the aliens in "Independence Day". Ya know in a fighter jet, because that's what he would have done if he were the President when they attacked. AND knew how to fly an F-18. He woulda been like Bill Pullman a fictional president. We may be seeing a fictional president for the next four years.
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, only works in liberal La La Land.

Clinton even liked... (Below threshold)
Clinton even liked the idea of the President fighting the aliens in "Independence Day". Ya know in a fighter jet

The only two presidents who ever learned how to fly a plane have both been named Bush.

"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, o... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, only works in liberal La La Land."

But you have to start with a Delusional, Illusional, Confusional state of mind.

Comparing Obama to the pilo... (Below threshold)
Dee from NJ:

Comparing Obama to the pilot is ridiculous. Obama couldn't steer the Dumbo ride at Disney let alone land a plane on water. Although I hear he can walk on water. The inauguration coverage is total overkill. Exactly what has he done that is so great?

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, only works in liberal La La Land.


Then why are all the Republicans chanting the words...Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.... since the election?

BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

J58, You actually proved my... (Below threshold)
MPR:

J58, You actually proved my point. Thanks

After the ball and the pump... (Below threshold)
Dee from NJ:

After the ball and the pumpkin coach returns Barry Sotero or whatever his name is to the White House, the American people will be left with what they started out with....... an empty suit who can read a teleprompter and give a great speech. Still waiting for anyone to name anything he's done that's so great.

Better then the empty head ... (Below threshold)
AnneLouise:

Better then the empty head we had that couldn't read a teleprompter!!

No, Obama 'minds me of Jesu... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

No, Obama 'minds me of Jesus Christ, Mao Tse Tung, Adolf Hitler, and Pol Pot all rolled up into one $2 Trillion package. My head is about to explode with excitement and I'm losing control of my bladder.

Yeah Bigfoot, With a... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Yeah Bigfoot,
With all the National Guard meetings W missed(or so liberal truthers believe) he was still smart enough to learn to fly a fighter jet. And even though he wasn't good at reading T-prompters his grades in college were better than Kerry's and Obamalala's. Wait, we don't know what Obamalala's grades were because he never released any college info. Oops.

j58 - "I love it. Get u... (Below threshold)
Marc:

j58 - "I love it. Get use to it. He's gonna be President for the next 8 years. BooYah!"

Why is it you only slither into this blog when the subject is a Black American?

The single time, and your first appearance (I believe only other one) here, was during the Duke Uni/nifong lunacy.

You proved then race trumps all other things, so I suppose I have answered my own question.

But still, I'd love to read your explanation.

Justice, we prefer to discu... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Justice, we prefer to discuss americans, you racist. ww

You'd better speak those wo... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

You'd better speak those words to Marc. He's the one who brought up Black Americans, you double racist prick!
depp=true
notiz=Be advised. You are now on the short llist.

And here I was thinking tha... (Below threshold)

And here I was thinking that Soetoro is more like the exact opposite of 'Sully the Hero Pilot'. Soetoro is more like 'Goosey the Second Bird Strike'.

I didn't vote for Obama but... (Below threshold)
Carol:

I didn't vote for Obama but I'm sure glad he won because I don't watch TV anymore. The bias is nauseating. What's more fun is that it is allowing me to sit back and watch Obama do his magic. But the most important thing is that I've accepted that he won and will never ever spew the sickening hatred that so many Bush haters have done for eight years. What I'm really struggling with, and sometimes laughing at, are those who hate Bush and love Obama but still sound really, really angry. He won, dang it, you should be celebrating! I'm glad I'm mature enough to stick to those blogs I enjoy and most of the time agree with.

j58 - "Are you kidding ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

j58 - "Are you kidding me? You really have the nerve. Is it a bad thing to want to discuss Black Americans? Why is it a problem with you?"

This is a wasted effort, but none the less, it must be done:

Show me nitwit, how many posts not related to the Duke/nifong case have you commented on?

Not to include your recent resurrection due to B. Hussien Obama's campaign/election of course.

Go ahead you race bating twit, the search function onsite works like a champ, it should be easy enough. Even for a simpleton such as yourself.

MarcYou search for... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Marc

You search for it your d#mn self!
I'm not doing a d#mn thing. Got that!


You search for it your d#mn... (Below threshold)
MPR:

You search for it your d#mn self!
I'm not doing a d#mn thing. Got that!

Yes, J58 I do believe you. You may have spoken for most of the citizens of Obamalala La La Land.

At least half of American A... (Below threshold)
btenney:

At least half of American Adults are as Qualified to be President as Barack Obama. The fact that fortune has placed him in this position does not imbue him with extraordinary powers.
No one is qualified on day one to be President. There is no single textbook for the job
Let's hope he succeeds but let's not let him off the hook if he doesn't.

j58 - "You search for i... (Below threshold)
Marc:

j58 - "You search for it your d#mn self!
I'm not doing a d#mn thing. Got that!"

Of course you won't, the results of the search - which I did in fact do - would unmask you as a race bating buffoon to the nth degree who has made zero effort commenting here since the nifong charade.

That you have crawled out of the j. jackson/sharpton cesspool of race baters is all very instructive of your mindset.




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