Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Odds and Ends about Obama

Michelle Obama's had a few... odd turns of phrase as of late. A few days ago she said “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” about her husband running for president. Isn't that a bit... shallow? You'd think she'd mention some other stuff, civil rights or something else, right now the Obama campaign is getting disturbingly self referential.

In a later speech she said "Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual." and indicated the use of presidential power to make people not be cynical and apathetic. The link has more info,

Combined with messiah rhetoric... it's creepy. It's going a bit beyond politics and into... worship.

James Lileks a great commentator on minutia of daily life and other pop-culture debris rounds out talking about his car heater problems and treacherous murals to mention something about Obama supporters He was listening to a radio call in show where the hosts were asking people to call in and say what they liked about him...

Follow the link to see some of the reasons. As I mentioned here it fits in with Rand Simberg's feelings on him being an Empty Suit.

The gem from Like's post:

There is tremendous faith in his ability to just wave a love-wand and get things done. I remember the same zeitgeist afoot in the land in 1992; change was the mantra then, too. Odd how things turn out – I’d be happier with Hillary as President than Obama, simply because she seems a bit more seasoned and realistic. And I do find it interesting that people who have decried the shallow, theatrical, emotion-based nature of contemporary politics are now so effusive in their praise for someone’s ability to move crowds. Perhaps they don’t mind a fellow on a white horse if he promises to nationalize the stables.

A simple hint, if you're a senator and going on national TV to stump for Obama... make sure you can handle softball questions about him. Like: "Name his legislative accomplishments." Did the guy expect to have such an easy interview that no one woudl ask him to give reasons for his support? I make fun of the MSN but they're not that bad... right?

I've mentioned it before but maybe this is why Earl Ofari Hutchinson thinks campaigning on issues and fasts is a "low down dirty trick."

Is this what we've come down too? I thought the 2004 campaign was bad, but at least the supporters of Kerry or Bush actually could say more about what their guys did. There was more substance than just "Bla Bla Bla Hope. Bla Bla Bla Change."

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