Barack Obama’s Denver acceptance speech
What did Senator Barack Obama really say or leave unsaid in Denver? Andy Martin provides his analysis of the presidential candidate’s acceptance speech.
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(NEW YORK, NY)(DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION)[September 1, 2008] How many years ago was Senator Barack Obama’s acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention (DNC)? It seems ancient. Within hours, Obama’s pallid remarks were eclipsed by Senator John McCain’s bold tactics. Now Hurricane Gustav is temporarily eclipsing everything. I’m back in New York, and three things from Obama’s DNC speech left a lasting impression on me.
THE DOG THAT BARKED, NUMBER ONE: I began writing about Obama’s troubled psyche four years ago. I was fascinated with his relentless efforts to create a “fantasy family.” He’s still at it. In Denver Obama again pretended that his mother and father had some “plan” based on “America” that led to their becoming his parents. They had nothing of the sort.
His mother was a troubled teenager who probably disregarded warnings and became pregnant by an already-married African huckster. They had no “plans” at all. In fact, Barack Obama, Senior disentangled himself from his second “wife” at his first opportunity. Despite the fact that Barack Junior was the product of an embarrassingly casual liaison, he continues to pretend that his parents embarked on a grand “plan” when they created him. On the contrary, he should be a poster boy for unwanted pregnancies. His mother was several months pregnant when she allegedly “married” her first husband, Obama’s father.
Despite the unpleasant reality, Obama continues to spin his family fantasies. Why do I focus on this point? It isn’t because of the pain inflicted on “Barry” Obama by his parents. I have no desire to cause him any further injury. There has been hurt enough in his life. Rather, I continue to be fascinated by Obama’s inability to deal with the truth about his conception. Obama’s mother, who could have terminated the pregnancy, had the baby. Maybe she was a pro-lifer, unlike her son. She had the unwanted child. (Pro-lifers would say that every child is “wanted,” but I am not going to argue that point now.)
Nevertheless, a man who continues to manifest an inability to deal with his family history is a man who continues to be a prisoner of his own childhood frustrations and fantasies. That’s dangerous in any politician; it could be fatal in a president. The power of fabrication still controls his psyche. Over and over again Obama peddles his family fantasies to the American public. It is scary. I just don’t feel comfortable with a man in the Oval Office who can’t face reality and start by facing his own reality. Dangerous.
THE DOG THAT BARKED, NUMBER TWO: One of the slurs on Obama is that he is an “elitist.” Well, in his own life, he can afford to be. He began life as a mediocre lawyer and through skillful management of his political career he has become a multimillionaire. I predict even more millions will find their way into his pocket once he is defeated for the White House. Corporations will pay him well, very well, for his services. Obama may not be a great leader, but he is the world’s greatest entertainer.
But just as Obama slipped in San Francisco, by making snide remarks about small town residents who cling to guns, religion and prejudice, he slipped again in his DNC speech. He said a “big election” could not be about “small issues.” This from a man whose party made school uniforms a reelection issue in 1996.
Obama is an elitist because his “small issues” indeed loom very large in the minds of many voters. Where he really stands on faith matters is of concern to many voters, including Roman Catholics.
Where he stands on the Second Amendment deserves greater specification than his contrapuntal examples of urban violence and hunting. What about the right to bear arms in the home to defend against urban violence? African-Americans today are under siege from other African-Americans. Helpless children are murdered by stray bullets almost every day in Chicago.
Whites are not part of the problem; white police are often the only solution to this intra-racial gun violence. Should Blacks be denied the right to defend their homes? With a gun? Or does the Second Amendment stop at the forest’s edge? Obama won’t say. That’s a “big” issue, even if he doesn’t think so. I could go on, but you get the point. What are “small” matters to Obama are “big” issues to most Americans. Elitist.
THE DOG THAT DIDN’T BARK, NUMBER ONE: In case Obama only reads or listens to his left-wing echo chamber at MSNBC (sorry, Keith), I begin this comment with a link to MSNBC:
See also: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4615158.ece;
There you have it: reality compels the conclusion we are indeed in a new Cold War. But foreign policy was a curiously absent topic in Obama’s DNC speech. How will Obama deal with the new Cold War? Talk? Action? Indifference? We don’t have a clue. Obama’s only foreign policy focus was to call Senator John McCain a coward and declare that McCain was afraid to go to Osama Bin Laden’s “cave.” (How does Obama know where Bin Laden lives, and that it is a “cave?”) The last I checked McCain was a senator, not president or SecDef. In other words, Obama made a joke of the foreign policy crisis confronting every American. The war on terror. Big issue, small response.
I am a Republican, because Republicans preach about less government and less spending. (They lie too.) I am also a Republican because over the past half century, Republican foreign policy has generally kept the peace, with one notable catastrophe (Iraq, which I opposed). For me, foreign policy is almost everything. The standard of living we enjoy is a direct result of freedom—and foreign trade. The shipping lanes must be open. There must be peace in the world. And we must bring enduring conflicts such as the Israeli/Palestinian imbroglio, to an end.
We are told that Obama “wrote his (DNC) speech.” If so, the speech is an insight into the man, and it is not a particularly flattering insight. Obama doesn’t care about foreign policy, and probably doesn’t understand it. He has a hyper-intellectualized approach to the rest of the world. That’s why he was so popular in the law school faculty lounge.
“Let’s talk” doesn’t work in the real world. You can’t just sit down and speak with savages like Vladimir Putin, who is murdering innocent civilians in Georgia and his own people within Russia.
If Obama had asked me, I would have told him to attack McCain on his strong point. To do a “McCain on McCain.” “Don’t sweat the small stuff, Barry,” I would have said. “Attack Johnny Mac on foreign policy. Show how you can do a better job.” By his silence Obama forfeited foreign policy to McCain. Obama the bold? Or Obama the scold? You be the judge.
All in all, a very forgettable speech. On second thought, maybe left-wing wacko Michael Moore is right. There is a God. Maybe God took pity on Barack Obama, and sent a hurricane so people would quickly forget his pathetic acceptance speech.
Now you know why I am a Republican. And why I make fun of the cable TV bobbleheads, who usually do not have a clue what is going on in the real world. But then again, neither does Obama. Rachel Maddow and Barry Obama. Perfect together.
Make mine “McCain.”
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