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Opening Arguments

Past as prologue

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?


tim zank
Wed, 07/30/2008 - 11:54am

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

Harl Delos
Wed, 07/30/2008 - 2:44pm

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

Wed, 07/30/2008 - 3:45pm

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

tim zank
Wed, 07/30/2008 - 7:01pm

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

Harl Delos
Wed, 07/30/2008 - 9:06pm

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.

tim zank
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 9:36am

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.

Harl Delos
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 11:29am

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.

tim zank
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 2:23pm

"Tim, you

Harl Delos
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 4:54pm


tim zank
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 5:28pm

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

"Harl, with all due respect, he

Leo Morris
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 6:13pm

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.

Larry Morris
Fri, 08/01/2008 - 9:53am

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.