I'm here today to talk to you about a special report I just received, most likely because I have an email address with ObamaNation in it. I merely found that address amusing: I didn't mean to imply a stance.
"Barack Obama: EXPOSED! Copyright ©2008 by HUMAN EVENTS. All rights reserved. No excerpting or copying permitted without written consent."
Well, right there they've lost me, because I don't need their permission to excerpt from their spam. I live in America, which is still a free country until further notice.
But to keep this on the up-and-up, here is their contact information:
Eagle Publishing, Inc.
One Massachusetts Avenue,
N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001
It's an interesting enough read, and I'd encourage you to ask them for a copy. I'd give you my copy, but that is a right they can reserve
The report consists of a series of articles, the first by Ann Coulter. I suppose she really wrote it. "His speeches are a run-on string of embarrassing, sophomoric Hallmark bromides." That seems to set the tone for this report. That's Ann's opinion and she's certainly entitled to have one. "There were about 400 more reporters at Obama's announcement than Mitt Romney's, who, by the way, is more likely to be sworn in as our next president than B. Hussein Obama." The reporters were right Ann, you were wrong. Nice manipulation of his name though, very creative.
Next we have Bill O'Reilly with a meandering bit about how African Americans have a victim mentality, thinking they are discriminated against even when they are not. The conclusion may be that since blacks think they're being victimized, only whites are qualified to run for president? "So I chalk this one up to mild paranoia and/or a victimization play. Many of us know people of all races who are professional victims. They see slights everywhere. The world is against them, and if you live in the world, so are you. These people are tough to deal with. Anything you say to them can and will be used against you." Nothing in here about Obama specifically, so let's move on.
Mac Johnson is unimpressed with Obama because he's all potential, no accomplishment. "For emphasis, let's examine a list of Obama's major accomplishments (so far):
- Simultaneously black and yet likeable to white folks
- Made the initials "B.O." cool again
- Good oral hygiene That's it. He's the Wayne Brady of politics..."
Ah yes, another articulate black man, they're all the same, right? He goes on to make a very good point about racism as a general topic when he says, "But to see 'black' as a synonym for 'oppressed' is just a stereotype" Mac Johnson goes on to list the lack of oppression that Obama faced in his ever-so easy life: "he was admitted to Columbia University and..." "...Harvard Law School..." "...President of the Law Review by an overwhelming majority." I like the contrast between that and Obama's accomplishments, iterated above.
Next there's Monica Crowley, who gives us Obama's three recent mistakes. "Mistake Number One was his statement that he'd move more aggressively into Pakistan if, as president, he had 'actionable intelligence' about al Qaeda operating there." This was apparently a mistake because it "ticked off his liberal base." And then "Mistake Number Two came when he tried to fix Mistake Number One: he said he'd take nuclear weapons 'off the table.'" I'm guessing you can't have peace if you're not willing to nuke Pakistanis. "Then came the Third Big Mistake. He was asked about U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, and he said this: 'We've got to get the job done there. And that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there.'" I guess we wouldn't want to increase troop deployments in Afghanistan, because that would end the war there prematurely, without using nukes.
On to Patrick J. Buchanan insisting that Obama is only in the running because he is African American, and sites Geraldine Ferraro as a democrat who agrees to this. Because she is a woman, she is not racist. "Barack Obama has a chance of being the first black president. And holding out that special hope has been crucial to his candidacy. To deny this is self delusion-- or deceit."
Now, Cal Thomas has a different take on Obama, calling him "Obama the Inexperienced" and stating "I am all for a post-racial, nonpolarized society, but Obama has yet to detail how that would work and on which issues he is willing to move toward the center from positions any reasonable observer would have to describe as far-left, even radical." He also claims that Obama voted against banning partial-birth abortion, which sounds unlikely from my understand of the man's policies -- far more likely that Obama voted against a bill that included banning partial-birth abortion amongst more controversial rules, but I cannot check since he cited no source. "His uncertainty and inconsistency on issues ranging from war to taxes reveal his inexperience and youthful stumbling, two qualities that make him unprepared to be president. And now we return to our regularly scheduled program of the rantings of Rev. Wright." Ah, that was a lovely dig at the end there Mr. Thomas.
"Barack Obama has charisma and charm but in terms of character, values and understanding, he is no Jackie Robinson." Walter E Williams thinks that the first black president, like the first black pro-baseball player, must be exceptional, where Obama is only an ordinary man. Sounds reasonable, I mean what ordinary man hasn't led the Harvard Law Review? But let's not talk about the man, let's talk about his pastor! "By now, many Americans have heard the racist and anti-American tirades of Obama's minister and spiritual counselor. There's no way that Obama could have been a 20-year member of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church and not been aware of his statements. Wright's racist and anti-American ideas are by no means unique." Listen to a whole sermon by Wright and he talks about improving America, not destroying it. But even so, he does not represent Obama, so I think we can move on.
Michael Reagan has another angle: attacking Michelle Obama. "Nowadays she's playing the role of dutiful wife and doting mother, but every once in a while her anger surfaces..." Apparently Michelle hates whitey (a word she has been accused of using, although video footage showed otherwise) and loves Rev. Wright. So now it's not Barack who follows a traitorous pastor, but Michelle. At least this was a short article.
Robert Novak is another semi-famous name on our list, and he comes out swinging. "Obama in advance dismissed Republican criticism of his ideology or his past as the same old partisan bickering that the people hate." Perhaps Robert is right, but does that mean Obama would be wrong? And I cannot concede that Robert is right, since that's a pretty unspecific statement on his part. "John McCain as the Republican candidate does not like that kind of campaigning, either. But a gentlemanly contest between the old war hero from out of the past and the new advocate of reform from the future probably would guarantee Democratic takeover of the White House." So, Robert is advocating mud-slinging because he believes that McCain would lose a fair fight.
Ann Coulter swings in saying that Obama should have been emotionally immune to the words of his grandmother,even as a child. "If Obama is sent reeling by the mere words of an elderly white woman, how is he going to negotiate with a guy like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? What if Ahmadinejad calls him "booger-face"? Will he run crying from the table?"
Obama tells us that his grandmother was afraid of a man simply because he was black, but Ann Coulter is convinced that he must have really been evil, and that Obama's grandfather must have deliberately wanted to send Obama's grandmother into danger. "Your grandmother wasn't a racist, Barack. Your grandpa was just a loser."
Gary Bauer weighs in, accusing Obama of hating Jews, because Obama does not think that it is healthy for Israel to bomb Palestine. "But nothing should concern Israel supporters as much as Obama's foreign policy team, which consists of the likes of Zbigniew Brzezinski, a remnant of the administration of President Jimmy Carter, who, like Rev. Wright, calls Israel an apartheid state." Well Gary, let's breakdown that word. It means separated state – for example the large wall splitting up Israel into many parts. So I guess they're right. Obama has pledged to work with the Israeli government toward peace in the region, that's good enough for them and it's good enough for me.
Ann Coulter again, on Obama's book, "Dreams from My Father:" "Obama is about to be our next president: You might want to take a peek. If only people had read 'Mein Kampf'" So Obama is a black Hilter, just waiting for his chance to fire up Haliburton's internment camps. "For those of you in the "When is Obama gonna play the 'N-word' card?" pool, the winner is ... Page 85! Congratulations!" So a modern black man claims to have on some occasion been called nigger. I too doubt the possibility that he could be telling the truth Ann.
David Limbaugh weighs in next, "What has placed America in a falsely negative light to the world is the Democratic chorus of lies that President Bush misled us into war in Iraq; that he is responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians; that the United States is torturing and otherwise violating the "rights" of our enemy prisoners at Guantanamo Bay; that this very detention center is comparable to a Soviet Gulag or Nazi prison camp; that the Bush government is spying on its own citizens; that America, because of its corporate greed, refuses to lead the world against apocalyptic global warming; and that the heartland of America is inhabited by jingoistic, imperialistic, intolerant, homophobic, xenophobic, racist and reality-challenged Bible-thumpers." Well, thanks for telling us what all Democrats believe David, but what about Obama?
Brent Bozell believes that Obama is incapable of being president, as he once referred to there being 58 contiguous states rather than 48, and "In Sunrise, Fla., Obama said, 'How's it going, Sunshine?' He did the same thing in Sioux Falls, S.D., calling it 'Sioux City.'" Certainly Obama has misspoken on several occasions.
Robert Spencer believes that Obama's suggestion that we attempt to find a diplomatic solution to the problems with Iran would project an air of weakness, so apparently only by refusing to talk to them can we ever hope to be at peace with them. "Would Iran's Thug-In-Chief regard Obama's invitation to sit down and chat as a sign that he was willing to 'bow and surrender'? There is no reason to think he would regard it in any other way."
And on that note we close, leaving me still hungry for the hidden view of the man that the title seemed to promise. Talking heads are all well and good, but in the end it is Obama's actions that define his character, and not someone else's words.