Sunday, July 27, 2008

Well done senator, welcome home!


I have blogged about America’s need for a make-over, both nationally and internationally, in the past. It was made oh so evident this past week with Senator Barack Obama’s reception overseas. When I saw the senator nail that three-point shot, I saw that as a metaphor for the whole trip.

Critics claimed the senator’s tour as presumptuous. I am hard pressed to understand the criticism because he simply did the same thing as his Republican rival, yet with more panache. Let’s face it; a presidential campaign is a beauty contest: the contestants are judged on their ability to answer, wisely, pressing questions of the day. They must be agile while showing strength when needed; socially adept in wooing contentious personalities to their side. They must be elegant and comport themselves presidential.

Unfortunately, not everyone was blessed with people skills, intelligence and charisma as Senator Obama. This man is the one the world needs in order to begin setting this country back on track and to regain, at least, some of the respect it has lost.

Senator McCain could never have pulled-off what Senator Obama just did. To be candid, no matter how well the junior senator from Illinois did, it may never be good enough to some who would rather see the future traumatized further by the same old narrow thinking that puts us at peril, than to give the gift that was given to us a chance.

6 comments:

Regina said...

Obama is darned if he do and darned if he don't. Some factions will not be satisfied no matter what he does...

gunfighter1 said...

No worries about the haters. If you think that are mad now, wait until November when he kicks McCain's a$$

Anonymous said...

he won't kick anyone's a$$ but his own. Did you hear that Obama didn;t stop to thank any of the soldiers for their service, yet took the photo op for the BB shot? Gee Obama thanks for showin up.
Rooth in California

microbrother said...

Rooth,

By the same token, did your hear why Senator Obama did not speak to those soldiers?

Sometimes it helps to read a little further.

Anonymous said...

It was quite inspiring to see the picturesque setting in Germany and to hear the speech by Senator Obama. The U.S. flags waving amongst the crowd metaphorically showing their acceptance and support of Obama and of the United States. Again, it was very inspiring! Also wanted to touch base on the statment made by Senator McCain's campaign staffer Rick Davis and his supposed outrage that Senator Obama has somehow "played the race card". The McCain camp is artful at the "diversion" tactic. It's twofold. What was it that the McCain camp didn't want us to pay attention to and who were they attempting to energize using a tactic of reversing the negative attention on an issue that they know some people are struggling with - having someone potentially represent them / the country who looks different and also has had some different experiences in their lifetime than they are used to. The McCain camp is counting on those that do not inquire further on information they hear or see to find out it truthfulness. Senator McCain gave a speech at the Urban League around the same time. Was it that some in his camp had concerns that this might be a misstep for McCain?...How well would this speaeh go over?.It was a test to see how those in the African American community would take to his message and it also gives the perception that he has much more support in that community than he really does. Senator McCain made some critical remarks about Senator Obama at the meeting but since the media was on top of the "playing the race card" issue they missed the window to report on it. It is ironic how we still haven't heard what impact if any that Senator McCain had at that meeting. What does it say of a person that needs to use the color of persons skin to quell fear in those that need to be "energized" to come out to support and vote for you. What does that say about a candidate who continuously diverts the attention onto the other candidate and because they have no substance or if you just get right down to it the constituency base doesn't particularly care for you? The RNC has taken over Senator McCain's campaign. The "maveric" that so many people saw in the past is just that...in the past. Why? Because they have given and will continue to give substantial amounts to his campaign. Senator McCain needs their money. Bought and sold. So tell me which candidate is it that will do anything to get elected?

Anonymous said...

P.S. What would Senator McCain's constituency base think if it was widely reported that he went to the Urban League to make a speech? On one hand his campaign wants to make inroads into the African American community and on the other he needs the Republican base to come out and vote for him. On that news cycle the McCain camp wanted and had their cake and they ate it too.