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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jumping off the Obama Express

It's only been six weeks, but I think I'm going to leave this train at the next station.

Inviting Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration isn't Change I Can Believe In (C).

I assume that Obama is trying to appear magnanimous and statesmanlike by inviting this extremely visible, famous conservative preacher to bless him and his presidency. All of that might be reasonable if Warren wasn't a self-serving jerk.

Does our new president really think he can make change in this country, real change, with this kind of act? How is cozying up to the right going to fix all the harm that the right has done to this coutnry in the last eight years?

Does Obama really believe that the toxic far right will hate those of us the reality-based community, any less?

If he does, he's wrong.

Obama has made a calculation that I find reprehensible--that it's okay to stick a middle finger out at the people who believed in him, financed him, and elected him in order to suck up to one of the spokesmen for the fanatical part of the right wing that hates gay people and doesn't believe in evolution.

Does Obama really think that inviting Rick Warren to pray over him at the inaugural is going to erase the hateful things that Warren has said and done in the past? Why does he feel that it's important to reach out the olive branch to people who do not and will not ever play fair?

I've heard all sorts of people saying that this is "politically smart" for Obama to do. If it's politically smart for Obama to sell out gay people and believers in science--two constituencies who were among his strongest supporters--to cozy up to the religious right, then maybe Obama is as shallow and devious as some people have said.

The hell with it.

Thoughts?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Margie Lawrence said...

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11:00 AM, December 19, 2008

 
Blogger Todd Lucas said...

Amusing, it didn't take long for Obama to tick off the left.

8:41 PM, December 19, 2008

 
Anonymous uncle bob said...

stu hang in there buddy sometimes you have to sleep with the other side just to get things going i think it will all come out in the long run. and that is the change that we all will demand as of 1-20-2009 so stand up be counted and don't give in cause now isn't the time, now is the time to take back our country and sometimes freedom isn't free and that's ok too. long live freedom and what she stands for. thanks uncle bob

12:20 PM, December 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Jonathan said...

My favorite professional wrestler is/was the late Curt Hennig (aka "Mr. Perfect"). The day after a big victory he would be "interviewed" by the anouncers, and he'd have this carefree attitude with a breezy smile on his face, saying "well, I'm not the kind of guy who said I told you so..." Then he'd suddenly loose the smile and scream into the camera "BUT I TOLD YOU SO!"

I'm not giving up on Obama and think he'll do some good things, but the fact remains that to date he has always put politics first -- there's no example of him taking a controversial stand or EVER using his political capital on anything but himself. Now Gay is the new Sister Souljah. What's particularily bad about the Warren pick is Obama's comments about it. "Everyone knows I'm a fierce supporter of gay rights" -- fierce? He made the most lukewarm statement against Prop 8 one could concoct and refused to cut a tv or radio promo to air in the last two weeks, something that might have made the difference given the large African-American turnout and support for Prop 8. (Irony: several African-American pundits have criticized the choice, not because of gay rights but because Obama should have picked an African-American minister, while several right wing commentators are suggesting that Obama's Warren pick is a shout-out to religiuous Prop 8 voters under attack in California).

7:08 AM, December 21, 2008

 
Blogger Bob Purse said...

Obama will get precisely nowhere if he dives full and hard into the left wing ideas that many of us would like him to tilt towards, from day one, particularly if he does nothing in any other direction. Even when Clinton tried that with one item - health care - he was derailed.

I'm not happy about this decision, either, but Rick Warren is about the least odious of these goons that he could have invited, and his the political reasons for his choice are clear as day.

A left leaning site I like which has had two posts about this really helped me understand this issue better. Those posts are here:

http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2008/Pres/Maps/Dec18.html

and here:

http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2008/Pres/Maps/Dec19.html

Obama's been my choice since day one of this campaign, and he'd have to a do a hell of a lot more that I was turned off by - than offer two minutes to someone (he and) I disagree with on many issues - before I'd even begin to question his dedication to the things he talked about during the election.

Without choices like this here and there, some of them in areas which matter a lot more than this, I suspect that, like with Jimmy Carter, in 20 years we'll again be talking about all the great things he could have done, if he hadn't gotten mired in conflicts over left-wing wet dreams.

12:46 PM, December 21, 2008

 
Blogger YourFriendFrank said...

Dude, give him a week or two in office...

I dunno, I've got friends rich and poor, left and right, bible thumpers to atheists. Seems Obama is trying to build a huge tent, and maybe it will work. Personally I think what he's attempting is daring.

He's trying to get everyone possible onto the train in the beginning and ram through whatever he can in the first few months. People will jump off the train, left and right. It's inevitable. A year from now the knives will be out. He's got a really small window to get anything done, and he knows it.

Clinton could have gotten a hell of a lot more done. Bush could have led the country in any damn direction he wanted to right after 9/11 (unfortunately, he did).

Times are too crazy for Obama to ever be a very popular president, but he has the chance to be a great one.

We need more time...

7:39 AM, December 24, 2008

 
Anonymous Amy said...

Hey Stu.. I'm with your other friends on this issue. I'm going to just stand here and quietly watch and see what happens AFTER he gets into the office.
One thing I trust about Obama is that he knows exactly what side of the bread the butter goes on. He's shrewd, smart, and less slick than "Slick Willy".

Is this decision on par with the "Defense of Marriage Act" that Clinton signed into law? Not Hardly.

Does it show Obama playing footsie with the Evangelical right? Yeah, and it smells a little like my dog when after he's run around in the yard on a rainy day. However, given what he went through with trying to apologize for his former pastor, this is a VERY calculated and shrewd move.

Stay tuned, I say. Let's see how this all shakes out in the long term.

12:17 PM, December 29, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Rick Warren does and says is not Barrack Obama. He picked him for a day not to run the country. Wait, awhile and see what happens.

4:42 PM, January 21, 2009

 
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12:19 AM, July 01, 2009

 

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