"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Deal

In the last post, Obama's page-lifting from Clinton's 1992 campaign playbook was pointed out and his increased resorting to the cynical strategems therein as political pressure compelled him to abandon his transcending "Hope & Change" abstraction--itself plagiarised--and get down and dirty with the wordly Machiavelli.

And no better mentor is there for that than former President Bill Clinton himself, who, in eight years time, went from leaving--after burglarizing-- the White House Impeached, heavily-indebted, and facing criminal charges to a celebrated docent on all things great and small who's banked over $100 million dollars on speaking fees and book deals, and has become a virtual Prince of the World with his Clinton Global Initiative.

And it was in the self-proclaimed Comeback Kid's Harlem office of that very organization, today on 9/11, that Senator Obama--reeling from the McCain-Palin surge-- met the Master of the Democratic Party to plan a two-pronged attack and win back momentum for his own comeback.

No one but they know what scheme was hatched, but hatched it was:

"We're putting him to work," Obama announced after the meeting.

"I've agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do," Clinton confirmed.

That was typically fork-tongued. In one sentence, Clinton admits to having already agreed to execute a series of specified tactics on behalf of an activated strategy, but then implies that nothing was specified and he's nonchalantly standing by on-call.

Anyway, it seems Obama did:

"I predict that Senator Obama will win and win pretty handily," the Master forgave.

Obama added: "You can take it from the president of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."

Not enough, though, perhaps, if his efforts here for Hillary--along with the not-so-veiled veiled suggestion of who can't win--is any indication:

McCain's judgment has been criticized by the opposition for putting the quickly polarizing Palin on the ticket, but Obama's decision to hire the far more polarizing Bill Clinton to help him campaign says much about his own, because one thing's for certain:

The Clinton Curse--a weird phenomenon that unleashes all sorts of strife, misfortune, and divisiveness in its sphere of influence, whether in the circle of Clinton associates, upon the body politic at large, or against other Democratic presidential aspirants he tries to "help" get elected (like Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry)-- is alive and well, and Obama's a fool for gassing up his wagon with it.

The Descent

The Palin pick knocked Obama off his pedestal and the messianic glow has disappeared.

He was like Fonzie jumping the shark with that over-the-top World Tour and the Hail, Caesar stadium speech with styrofoam Greek columns and a thousand waving American flags (that were then headed for the dumpster after the show ended, as effectively tattle-taled).

Mac graciously let him have his last meal and one more good night's sleep...

... before knocking him off the front page and his game first thing in the morning without further ado.

It's been downhill ever since.

Obama's a plagiarist--just like his veep, Biden--and has been tearing pages out of Clinton's 1992 playbook since Day One.

Bill knew it, and it angered him (though it serves him right since he himself tried to replicate the Kennedy-Nixon dynamic in '92).

But that pig isn't flying (no pun intended).

First Obama plagiarised Clinton's (Man from) Hope & (It's Time To) Change mantras, but you won't hear him saying that anymore.

Then he lifted Clinton's "Out-Of-Touch elitist" shtick, but that backfired.

And now, increasingly desperate, he's stealing his "It's The Economy, Stupid" spiel.

Good luck with that one, porky (again, no pun intended).

The Citizens Against Government Waste rated the gluttony of the three senators thusly:

Sen. Obama’s 2007 rating was 10 percent, making his lifetime score 18 percent. The 2008 Congressional Pig Book contained 53 earmarks worth $97.4 million for Sen. Obama, including $1,648,850 for the Shedd Aquarium.

Sen. Biden received the worst possible rating in 2007 with 0 percent, while his lifetime rating is 22 percent. According to the Pig Book, Sen. Biden had 70 earmarks for a total of $119.7 million in fiscal year 2008, including $246,100 for the Grand Opera House in Wilmington.

Sen. McCain has a 2007 rating of 100 percent, and a lifetime rating of 88, has never requested nor received a single earmark, and has pledged to veto any spending bill that contains any earmarks

What's next, Senator Obama?

"I Feel Your Pain?"

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The World Wants Obama!

World wants Obama as president: poll
Posted Tue Sep 9, 2008 10:50pm AEST

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.

All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer to see Senator Obama elected US president ahead of Republican John McCain.

In 17 of the 22 nations, people expect relations between the US and the rest of the world to improve if Senator Obama wins

But look who's getting polled:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, there is no consensus outside the United States that Islamist militants from al Qaeda were responsible, according to an international poll published Wednesday.

The survey of 16,063 people in 17 nations found majorities in only nine countries believe al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York and Washington that killed about 3,000 people in 2001.

On average, 46 percent of those surveyed said al Qaeda was responsible, 15 percent said the U.S. government, 7 percent said Israel and 7 percent said some other perpetrator. One in four people said they did not know who was behind the attacks.