Past as prologue

July 30, 2008

Nobody who has ever run for the White House has been a shrinking violet. All politicians think mighty highly of themselves, and presidential candidates can be expected to have the biggest egos of all. But Obama sure does abuse the privilege:

Obama was waxing lyrical about last week’s trip to Europe, when he concluded, according to the meeting attendee, “this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for.”

The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives. “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions,” he said, according to the source.

Or, aw shucks, was he really being self-effacing?

But one leadership aide said the full quote put it into a different context. According to that aide, Obama said, “It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign — that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol.”

I guess I’d like to know what those wonderful traditions we’ve lost are. These, maybe?

“There’s no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for,” Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY ’08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.

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12 Responses to “Past as prologue”

  1. tim zank Says:

    Ol’ Barry certainly is a blowhard. Just a touch of humility would nice.

  2. Harl Delos Says:

    You don’t like riding in the back of the bus any more than he does, huh, Tim?

  3. gadfly Says:

    Obama doesn’t know anything about riding in the back of the bus. Let the old dogs sleep.

  4. tim zank Says:

    Harl, ego is good, ego is necessary. Thinking, acting and speaking as though you are the next incarnation of Jesus Christ is appalling.

  5. Harl Delos Says:

    Unless, as “Miracle on 34th Street” points out, you are. Come to think of it, *I* am a child of God. Aren’t you, too?

    If’n he was shuffling his feet, and saying “Yassah, Boss”, you’d claim that he wasn’t acting presidential. Instead, he is acting presidential, and you complain that he’s doing exactly that.

    When Reagan was elected, the liberals were complaining that Nancy Reagan was dressing up the palace guards like foppish clowns, and instituting an imperial presidency. I didn’t give to much credence to them then, and I don’t give too much credence to them now.

    Washington DC was designed to intimidate foreign dignitaries, and if we want to act like leaders of the free world, we need to figure out how to get the rest of the free world to follow. Obama has that figured out already. Even wearing his $800 pair of Italian loafers, McCain doesn’t command respect. They’ll be kind to him, treating him as if he’s someone’s grandfather, a little lost and bewildered, and they’ll escort him to the security office, so they can figure out where he lives and they can send him home in a taxi.

    I’ve been saying for 15 years that this country needs a good Republican president, but we haven’t had one, and it looks like it’ll be another four years before we have a chance. Unless, of course, he names a good Veep and then dies before the election, of course. Governor Palin of Alaska is a little weak on the international relations, but you while you elect an individual, you end up with a team, and I have no doubt Governor Palin could do the country proud.

    But if McCain lives to see Election Day, Obama isn’t just the presumptive Democratic nominee, he’s the presumptive next president; he’s leading in states that have 60% of the electors.

  6. tim zank Says:

    Harl, please don’t fall prey to ridiculous notion that those of us that don’t support the Messiah are racists. It cheapens your already obtuse arguments.

  7. Harl Delos Says:

    Tim, you’ve criticized him in the past for being young, and handsome black man.

    He’s not young; he’s middle-aged.

    And I haven’t heard you complain about the Ferragamo loafers that Senator McCain wears, so I assume that it’s not dressing nicely that offends you about Senator Obama.

    Instead, you complain that he’s uppity.

    Maybe you better tell me where to buy a program, Tim, because your words sure sound like those of a racist.

  8. tim zank Says:

    “Tim, you’ve criticized him in the past for being young, and handsome black man.”

    Please cite.

    “He’s not young; he’s middle-aged. ”

    For POTUS 47 is “young” in my book.

    “And I haven’t heard you complain about the Ferragamo loafers that Senator McCain wears, so I assume that it’s not dressing nicely that offends you about Senator Obama.”

    That’s what I mean by “obtuse”.

    “Instead, you complain that he’s uppity.”

    PLEASE CITE!!!

    “Maybe you better tell me where to buy a program, Tim, because your words sure sound like those of a racist.”

    I can’t change your perception of me, but my guess is you are not getting enough oxygen to your brain. I was the guy that grew up in the 60’s & 70’s with the log ponytail, the peace signs and the cannabis. I went all through Junior High & Senior with black friends and even picked up an African-American sister-in-law along the way. If you want to call me a racist, please cite ANY comment made by me that any rational human being would consider racist.

  9. Harl Delos Says:

    >> “Tim, you’ve criticized him in the past for being young, and handsome black man.”

    > Please cite.

    That was the OTHER Tim Zank that said that on July 25, 2008 at 9:14 pm? My pardon.

    >> “Instead, you complain that he’s uppity.”

    > PLEASE CITE!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    > I went all through Junior High & Senior with black friends
    > and even picked up an African-American sister-in-law
    > along the way.

    I guess if you obeyed the mandatory school attendance laws, and you didn’t hold a shotgun on your wife’s brother to keep him from marrying black, that means that some of your best friends really are black, after all.

    I apologize. Feel free to make all the racist comments you want to, since we know YOU aren’t racist.

  10. tim zank Says:

    Harl…Here is my exact quote from that post on July 25th at 9:14.

    “Harl, with all due respect, he’s a freakin novice with NO verifiable credentials, but he’s handsome, young and black. Wow.”

    How on Earth am I criticizing him for being handsome, young and black? I’m CLEARLY criticizing him for being a political novice with NO verifiable credentials.

    How about the “uppity” remark you credit me with????? You won’t find that anywhere because I never said it. You made that one up.

    You Sir, are snide, dishonest, and have absolutely no basis for your comments other than your own twisted interpretations.

    I blog and comment here because I enjoy the banter, but I certainly don’t enjoy unfair or off-base labels placed on me by some egotistical self righteous old blowhard know-it-all.

    You win, I’ll ignore your comments.

  11. Leo Morris Says:

    When you call someone a racist, Harl, you back him into a corner; there’s no good comeback that doesn’t make you sound dishonest or defensive. It’s a way of stopping debate that all who aren’t scoundrels should avoid. Play nice here, OK? Let’s disagree with each other’s positions, not call each other names.

  12. Larry Morris Says:

    Wow, … finally got bad enough for the town Marshall to step in, thanks Leo, well said. I hate to say I told you so, but this was coming for a while.


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