Saturday, August 23, 2008

Where's my wake-up call?

So instead of receiving my Obama text at 3:14am like everyone else, (the 3am call? Get it? Dude, I would have killed you, average working pennsylvania americans have to get up for work you know), I was awoken this morning by several other texts, from various associates of mine. I’m sure we can guess the theme of these texts, most of them were pretty much “Biden? Oh.”, but the ones from my friend Doug really do justice to the general feeling….

9:22am: I’m really not happy about it, Biden is just like mccain. Obama loses cred.

10:23am: And contradicts a lot of what obama stands for. I’m really getting irritated with obama. Even if he wins he could b a ‘carter’

I did my standard half-ass read on Biden this morning, nytimes, wonkette, wikipedia.
The impression I get of Biden is that he’s old school Irish Catholic Democrat. Obama is a Daley Democrat, so it's a very Chicago choice for him, but that’s not necessarily something I oppose. His voting record is a little erratic, but he supports Roe vs. Wade, Social Security, and Clean Air. He’s opposed to drilling. He’s been in Washington forever, which means he’s probably very slick and very paid for. He voted in support of the war, but thinks it’s a mistake now. In other words, he’s Hillary Clinton, but a man. I’m not going to go so far as calling him McCain (really Doug?). He doesn’t strike me as senile or infantile. But you know, hopefully he’ll strike other people that way cause that seems to be the popular thing these days. If he reminds the diehards of McCain and they hate him for it, maybe that’s a good thing.

He seems like a very good Lyndon Johnson. And you know what, it's kinda disturbing that the media keeps referring to how qualified he is to be president...should the occasion occurr...

And if Obama is Carter? Then what of it? What was so freaking awful about Carter? Better Carter than Kennedy. Maybe we need a few more speeches like this….

The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.
In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.
I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel..I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people. In the days to come, let us renew that strength in the struggle for an energy-secure nation”

Carter gave that speech 5 days after I was born. 29 years ago.
Also, let it be known in my blue heart of hearts, I was really hoping it would be Gore :P


  1. I would have peed my pants if it were Gore too, but I think that history has shown us that Al Gore is a much more effective advocate when he's working outside the system.

  2. "And you know what, it's kinda disturbing that the media keeps referring to how qualified he is to be president...should the occasion occurr..."

    Chris Rock had a joke about how they'll never be a Black VP because we all know that it would be too easy for some crazy Black guy to take out the prez knowing that he'd be pardoned by the VP...unfortunately, no one really planned for the situation to happen the other way around...hmmm.

  3. Crap...there'll...not they'll...i hate grammar mistakes.


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