Saturday, July 26, 2008

Contrasting Campaigns

The two photos on page A4 of today’s Washington Post summarized so well the current state of the Presidential campaign. As Obama has become the darling of the world, McCain retreats to Aspen to be calmed down by the Dalai Lama.

I am simply amazed at the perception of the rest of the world that Obama IS our President, as they welcome him with open arms and start to heal the rift created by our current President, who seems to be slipping into obscurity as Dennis Kucinich and friends go about kinda sorta impeaching him.

If anyone had any doubts about Obama’s ability to deal with foreign leaders, they should be gone by now after his recent trip to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France, and Britain (still to come). In every case, he has attracted huge crowds of supporters and received glowing endorsements from the leaders of those countries.

As McCain back home continues to behave like a spoiled angry child who keeps trying to find something of merit to pick a fight over. It was as though he had to take a break from his vitriol to walk peacefully in the present moment in Colorado. I almost feel sorry for him (but not enough to cast my vote in that direction.)

It’s obvious that not only the US, but the world, is ready for the CHANGE Obama has promised. January 20, 2009, is just around the corner. Thank God!


Blogger media concepts said...

I know you're accurately interpreting reality, but I don't think the Post was trying to contrast Obama and McCain. On the contrary, it looks like they were trying to give McCain parity, showing him with a world leader at a time Obama was meeting with national leaders in Europe. The much bigger visual contrast they could have drawn was done, hilariously as usual, by John Stewart, who showed footage of Obama speaking to 200,000 in Berlin, while at almost the same moment, McCain was talking to 2 people in a grocery store while jars of applesauce collapsed around him. I almost feel sorry for the guy.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

MC -- It's hard to give parity to something that's become so lopsided. John Stewart made my point so much better.

I'm waiting for the day when we see McCain wearing an Obama button and saying, "I just can't compete with this guy, so I've joined him." It would probably be a relief for McCain.

I'm enjoying seeing this country come solidly behind a candidate who has clearly fired up young and old, black and white!

Unfortunately the election still seems a long way away.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Not everyone's behind Obama -- I got an e-mail from a conservative high school friend of mine yesterday in which she said, "Why is he even over there? Europeans can't vote!"

She also forwarded an e-mail purportedly from a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan bad-mouthing Obama's appearance there. But Snopes says the e-mail is impossible to verify, and I suspect it's really by some right-wing hack stateside.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- Such a typical conservative comment. They seem to think the US exists in isolation and that we don't need friends beyond our borders. Maybe in that past that was the case, but currently we need all the friends we can get worldwide!

As for the e-mail, I'm sure it's just another instance of sour grapes. What US soldier anywhere would bad-mouth interest shown by any prominent American?

The crowd of 200,000 Berliners said it all for me.

Besides, McCain is a problem for many conservatives. They want him to be their man, when in reality he isn't on board with much of their agenda. C'est la vie!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

I didn't see the pic of McCain with the Dalai Lama. I'm so happy for him that he decided to do that. Both candidates are so much better than anything we've seen for at least eight years.

Go Obama! But it's good that someone as wounded as McCain would seek some spiritual support from someone so kind and compassionate.

The U.S. President always holds the soul of America. Something in our country is trying to heal itself. It's such a good year to live in Washington DC.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Don't count on America being smart enough to vote for Obama:

7:55 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Reya -- I agree that our 2 choices are definitely a step up from status quo.

More good reading on this topic from Frank Rich in today's New York Times.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Reya -- Let's hope poor Mr. Walendowski doesn't typify the American voter, or we are seriously in trouble!

8:48 AM  
Blogger media concepts said...

I sent that Frank Rich op-ed to a friend on Bethesda on Sunday morning. It's a remarkable piece. Note how so many of Rich's factual assertions are linked, so the reader can check the facts too. Compare that to the typical right wing hit piece that makes its way around the Internet and into the MSM lately, full of groundless lies, fear-mongering, and name calling. That pretty much sums up the difference between the two sides this year.

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, 4 years later, what do you think about obama now?

10:06 PM  

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