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Charles Krauthammer: Obama's Altitude Sickness or Obama’s Descent to Earth
NRO ^ | September 12, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 09/12/2008 5:07:53 AM PDT by Tolik

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... But Palin is not just a problem for Obama. She is also a symptom of what ails him. Before Palin, Obama was the ultimate celebrity candidate. For no presidential nominee in living memory had the gap between adulation and achievement been so great. Which is why McCain's Paris Hilton ads struck such a nerve. Obama's meteoric rise was based not on issues -- there was not a dime's worth of difference between him and Hillary on issues -- but on narrative, on eloquence, on charisma.

The unease at the Denver convention, the feeling of buyer's remorse, was the Democrats' realization that the arc of Obama's celebrity had peaked -- and had now entered a period of its steepest decline. That Palin could so instantly steal the celebrity spotlight is a reflection of that decline.

It was inevitable. Obama had managed to stay aloft for four full years. But no one can levitate forever.

... The problem is that Obama began believing in his own magical powers -- the chants, the swoons, the "we are the ones" self-infatuation. Like Ronald Reagan, he was leading a movement, but one entirely driven by personality. Reagan's revolution was rooted in concrete political ideas (supply-side economics, welfare-state deregulation, national strength) that transcended one man. For Obama's movement, the man is the transcendence.

Which gave the Obama campaign a cult-like tinge. With every primary and every repetition of the high-flown, self-referential rhetoric, the campaign's insubstantiality became clear.


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KEYWORDS: charleskrauthammer; krauthammer; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden; palin
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Multiple titles for the same article

NRO:

Obama’s Descent to Earth
It’s hard to maintain a celestial conceit for four years — even if you believe it yourself.

Real Clear Politics:

Obama's Altitude Sickness

1 posted on 09/12/2008 5:07:53 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

Free fall giving Barry the Bends?


2 posted on 09/12/2008 5:09:25 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Tolik

Obama is about Obama nothing else.. Just like Hillary is for Hillary....


3 posted on 09/12/2008 5:10:48 AM PDT by just me (Liberals do not like children, and children are one of the reasons I like Sarah Palin.....)
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To: just me

It’s befitting of someone who wrote his memoirs before he did anything. (Of course, he’s still not done anything...)


4 posted on 09/12/2008 5:15:10 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Tolik

BUMP


5 posted on 09/12/2008 5:15:41 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists// Biden= Big,Blowhard Doofus)
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To: Tolik

Charles always hits the nail squarely on the head!


6 posted on 09/12/2008 5:18:06 AM PDT by auto power
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To: Tolik
For no presidential nominee in living memory had the gap between adulation and achievement been so great.

It's no surprise when you look at the progressives and how they give more credibility to a teen celebrity who flunked out of high school. Thank goodness that even the MSM has started to get a bad taste in their mouths as they realize that it takes just a little more than celebrity status to manage the country!

7 posted on 09/12/2008 5:18:31 AM PDT by Devilinbaggypants (Audaces fortuna iuvat.)
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To: Lando Lincoln; neverdem; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; King Prout; SJackson; dennisw; ...
It worth reading just for enjoyment of the language alone

Charles Krauthammer:

 Obama was the ultimate celebrity candidate. For no presidential nominee in living memory had the gap between adulation and achievement been so great.

Obama's meteoric rise was based not on issues -- there was not a dime's worth of difference between him and Hillary on issues -- but on narrative, on eloquence, on charisma.

It was inevitable. Obama had managed to stay aloft for four full years. But no one can levitate forever.

The problem is that Obama began believing in his own magical powers -- the chants, the swoons, the "we are the ones" self-infatuation.

Reagan's revolution was rooted in concrete political ideas (supply-side economics, welfare-state deregulation, national strength) that transcended one man. For Obama's movement, the man is the transcendence.

Which gave the Obama campaign a cult-like tinge.

... his triumphal declaration that history would note that night, his victory, his ascension, as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

 That grandiloquent proclamation of universalist puffery popped the bubble. The grandiosity had become bizarre.

...One star fades, another is born.


Nailed It!

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8 posted on 09/12/2008 5:19:00 AM PDT by Tolik (2008: Maverick/Barracuda vs. Messiah/Mouth or The Hero vs. the Zero and "Our mama beats your Obama")
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To: Tolik

And nailed it about 8 times with the same nail.
(Magic nail theory.)


9 posted on 09/12/2008 5:24:00 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Da Coyote
The most amazing for me in Obama phenomenon is that even people who do see that its just rhetoric and no substance still want to vote for him because they want CHANGE. Obama’s personality cult deftly exploited this, but maybe, just maybe, won't be able to get away with it after all.
10 posted on 09/12/2008 5:24:41 AM PDT by Tolik (2008: Maverick/Barracuda vs. Messiah/Mouth or The Hero vs. the Zero and "Our mama beats your Obama")
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To: Tolik

Obama needs to go to a diner in New Hampshire and tell us all about how *sniffle* difficult it is.


11 posted on 09/12/2008 5:27:16 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Lenin was a community organizer - Ronald Reagan was a governor)
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To: Tolik

Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.


12 posted on 09/12/2008 5:28:41 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama without a teleprompter speaks in tongues.)
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To: N. Theknow

and that punk Charley Gibson accused Palin of a “blizzard of words” when she was precise and coherent without any “uh’s” and “ah’s”.


13 posted on 09/12/2008 5:32:56 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Da Coyote

His next book- I Barackus!


14 posted on 09/12/2008 5:35:50 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: Graymatter
I loved Krauthammer's language here as much as substance. Look at this quote, for example: "With her narrative, her persona, her charisma carrying the McCain campaign to places it has never been — and by all logic has no right to be — she’s pulling an Obama"
15 posted on 09/12/2008 5:40:39 AM PDT by Tolik (2008: Maverick/Barracuda vs. Messiah/Mouth or The Hero vs. the Zero and "Our mama beats your Obama")
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To: Tolik; grey_whiskers; Tax-chick; narses; cpforlife.org

"The problem is that Obama began believing in his own magical powers -- "

The turning point was when he didn't fly over the Brandenburg Gate after his speech in Berlin. He's been running out of tricks since then. The followers are starting to lose faith in him.

16 posted on 09/12/2008 5:48:12 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Dr. Ursus

[His next book- I Barackus!]

Perfect.


17 posted on 09/12/2008 5:51:41 AM PDT by littlehouse36 (I think of taglines all day and can never remember them.)
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To: Tolik

Nice! Maybe Obama should run for VP.


18 posted on 09/12/2008 5:52:51 AM PDT by syriacus (Calling humans "pigs" is second-nature for anti-war radicals, Black Panthers + radical Islamists.)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

“Pay no attention to that man behind the empty suit ...”


19 posted on 09/12/2008 5:57:26 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: auto power

“Charles always hits the nail squarely on the head!”

ALMOST always. I agree with him 98% of the time.

;-)


20 posted on 09/12/2008 5:59:10 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: Tolik
There's is more truth than satire in comparing Obama to narcissistic “entertainers.” That became readily apparent to mature voter's that understood the importance of what they were about.
21 posted on 09/12/2008 6:12:12 AM PDT by CarryingOn (The Presidency of the United States is not an entry-level position.)
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To: Da Coyote
Now, wait a minute. He did do something. He wrote his memoirs. Twice. That's something. Isn't it? [Crickets.]

Congressman Billybob

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Latest article, "The Straight-Shooting Governor"

22 posted on 09/12/2008 6:12:18 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.theacru.org)
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To: Da Coyote
It’s befitting of someone who wrote his memoirs before he did anything. (Of course, he’s still not done anything...)

Excellent, excellent observation!!! I still would like to know who is actually driving the Obamessiah . . Soros? Buffett? Someone else? Burp isn't bright enough to do all this on his own, I'd like to know who the shadow people behind him are.

23 posted on 09/12/2008 6:21:19 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Tolik

Krauthammer reveals, again, why he is the best of the best.

He encapsulates the entire arc of the Obama campaign in one column. I defy anybody to read this and not nod their head obvious truths contained. The thing that makes Krauthammer great is that nobody else has done this column this well before.

I know we’re supposed to be hatin’ on Krauthammer these days, but I just can’t do it. The man’s just too good.


24 posted on 09/12/2008 6:30:15 AM PDT by gridlock (Now if we can just get the Democrats to attack baseball and apple pie, this thing is in the bag!)
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To: Tolik

Borrowing your favorite term, Charles “Nails It!” Even more delicious, it’s difficult to see how the Messiah comes out of this tailspin.

Keep an eye out on Joe Biden coming down with some serious health issues. It may be time for “Hitlery to the Rescue!”


25 posted on 09/12/2008 6:33:06 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: Tolik
My husband has a few sayings that he pops up with now and then just to push my buttons. He is such an ass, but he has one in particular that although I would roll my eyes and give him a hard time I secretly agreed with;

“When the devil can't get to a good man any other way, he sends a woman after him.”

Now I'm not referring to Obama as being the good man but I'm thinking that McCain would fail once again as always when left to his own devices. Cindy, his wonderful enabler, alone would not have been able to save the little guys ego ever again after the election defeat he would have experienced and we all would have suffered!

But along comes this magnificent entity brought forth that has emotionally touched every involved person and immediately changed our lives forever. Was this by chance? Why now? From what source does she get her energy and abilities?

IMHO, Sarah is our champion, even when she is wrong she is right for us at this time. I say to the Media, bring on your best for she is not ever alone, she has me, you and millions of our closest friends!

26 posted on 09/12/2008 6:41:14 AM PDT by carmelanne (Trump and Bolton please! Go immediately and clear out the UN building.)
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To: SumProVita; auto power

> ALMOST always. I agree with [Charles] 98% of the time <

Yes, and don’t forget that when it comes to abortion, Chuck is what the left calls “pro-choice.”


27 posted on 09/12/2008 6:41:40 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: Tolik
From Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I (one of my favorite political plays), Henry IV to his son:

I could not stir But like a comet I was wondered at; That men would tell their children ‘This is he.’

One thing about comets is that they are of short duration. Henry IV was a comet; his son, Henry V, is compared to the sun.

Now is the time for the Palin-sunshine's brilliance to obliterate the puny 0bama comet.

28 posted on 09/12/2008 6:42:10 AM PDT by Martin Tell (Happily lurking in one location for over ten years)
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To: Graymatter

“Magic nail theory”

A celebrity nail? I mean, a really big celebrity.


29 posted on 09/12/2008 6:45:15 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Tolik
But, with reference to the comment about those who will vote because they want change, a poster to Ann Coulter's site the other day wrote:

"Coincidentally, [my wife] and I were in Miami last week, and ended up striking a conversation with an older Cuban couple in the next table. When it emerged that they came from Cuba in 1960, I said: "Right after Fidel." The guy did not miss a beat before responding: "Yes, we know what "change" looks like."

A thought worth pondering . . . .

30 posted on 09/12/2008 6:45:16 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Congressman Billybob
By the time Napoleon made himself emperor, he had won the Battles of Lodi, of Arcole, of Rivoli, of the Pyramids and of Marengo. And had promugulated the Napoleonic Code. He had yet to write a single autobiography.

31 posted on 09/12/2008 6:45:33 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Tolik

The Democrats 1st mistake goes all the way back to the primaries.

They could have won it but.....Hillary should have been the top of the ticket and Obama as veep.

I bet they wish they would have pushed this. They can’t un ring the bell even if they dump Biden and put Hillary on the ticket.

If the messiah tries this it will be proof that he is a loser.


32 posted on 09/12/2008 6:47:33 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Martin Tell
Henry IV was a comet; his son, Henry V, is compared to the sun.

Henry V died in his mid-30's, but who's counting ...

33 posted on 09/12/2008 6:48:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: auto power

Yes, thank you, Charles.

The difference between Palin and Obama’s charisma is that, while of course it has a personal aspect, Palin’s is more like Ronald Reagan’s: rooted, as Charles notes, in concrete political ideas.

The conservative base, unlike the moonbat base, is not one that is energized solely by personal charisma or celebrity. What hooked the conservative base was that it was immediately evident that the source of Palin’s charisma was her committment-—her actual living out-—of some of conservative’s treasured ideals.

That’s why she’ll last in politics and Obambi won’t.

Obambi will become a rich man, writing books, serving on boards, giving speeches. But his political career, for all intents and purposes, is over.


34 posted on 09/12/2008 6:50:54 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Rush was right when he said: "You NEVER win by losing.")
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To: Tolik

Khammers tepid support for Plain disappointed me but he does write some decent stuff sometime.


35 posted on 09/12/2008 6:51:36 AM PDT by wardaddy (Obama/Pol Pot 2008)
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To: syriacus
Nice! Maybe Obama should run for VP.

Judging by the campaign he's running against Sarah Palin instead of John McCain, one would think Obama is running for VP.

36 posted on 09/12/2008 6:53:33 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Tax-chick
Yes, but Shakespeare ended the Hollow Crown series just after the Battle of Agincourt, at the height of Henry V's glory.

We can't let these petty historical facts like Henry V's death get in the way of a great story.

37 posted on 09/12/2008 6:54:06 AM PDT by Martin Tell (Happily lurking in one location for over ten years)
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To: syriacus
Nice! Maybe Obama should run for VP.

Personally, I think that's what he was actually looking for when he began his Presidential bid - not to get the actual nomination, but to position himself for the second spot with Clinton. Then, of course, his ego and the Drive-Bys took over and now he finds himself at the top of the ticket instead. It's almost like the Robert Redford character in the movie "The Candidate" - an empty suit that runs for President and when he wins says "NOW what?"

38 posted on 09/12/2008 6:54:51 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: carmelanne

I like Sarah. But I absolutely against making a celebrity out of her. Its corrosive to all involved, including her. She deserve treatment as a serious politician with no punches pulled on one hand and no personality cult on another hand.


39 posted on 09/12/2008 6:56:07 AM PDT by Tolik (2008: Maverick/Barracuda vs. Messiah/Mouth or The Hero vs. the Zero and "Our mama beats your Obama")
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To: carmelanne

“but I’m thinking that McCain would fail once again as always when left to his own devices.”

The following comes from an informed source. I can only tell you that this source ought to know what they are talking about, given their position, and that I did not get this information third hand. I have known this person for years.

Palin was entirely McCain’s decision. Only four people in in total knew about the decision. It had been in the works for a while. Many of his advisors were surprised and upset by the choice—they all had faves they had been campaigning for. This person’s belief is that McCain has a long history of doing best when he is making the decisions, not campaign nomenklatura.


40 posted on 09/12/2008 6:58:16 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: fightinJAG
But his political career, for all intents and purposes, is over.

Perhaps. Obama's biggest problem is that his charisma is not backed up by any serious experience. Should he take the time to build it up -- maybe run for governor of Illinois -- then perhaps he can make himself a force to be reckoned with.

OTOH, his career up to now is marked by self-promotion and impatience -- a tendency which is made stronger by the sycophantic support his charisma engenders. He clearly wants now, what he should have started seeking 10 years from now.

I suppose the best comparison for Obama would be ... well, maybe Vince Young (as eviscerated by Jason Whitlock).

Of Young, Whitlock says,

But the truth is, I told you before the 2006 draft that Vince Young was primed for NFL failure. He entered the league with an attitude, mindset and supporting cast totally unprepared to survive the pressure, challenge and responsibility that goes along with the most prestigious and difficult job in all of sports.

Replace the sports words with their political equivalents, and you've got a fine description of Obama.

41 posted on 09/12/2008 7:00:44 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Martin Tell
We can't let these petty historical facts like Henry V's death get in the way of a great story.

This reminds me of the time one of my sons was acting out some drama with his brother, and he said, "You can't kill me, James - I'm the MAIN CHARACTER!"

42 posted on 09/12/2008 7:12:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: Tolik

mark for links


43 posted on 09/12/2008 7:13:44 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (No way, No how, NObama! *************McCain/Palin 08************)
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To: ModelBreaker
I agree that Cindy McCain and John alone made the decision to save John's last opportunity at salvation and become of value to the Country that has paid him well for his services, both good, bad and very bad.

I can appreciate having the ear of an “informed source” but heck y'all, did the informed source also disclose that they knew what was best for the Country and lobbied for a VP like smiling Joe Lieberman?

That is why IMHO, which is also MY informed source, the selection of Palin was more a benevolent gift than a choice by the same guy that lets Lindsey hump his leg like a dog in heat.

Cindy McCain made the choice for the little guy after threatening to lock him out of her seven houses and hiding his ball caps.

Just sayin

44 posted on 09/12/2008 7:24:14 AM PDT by carmelanne (Trump and Bolton please! Go immediately and clear out the UN building.)
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To: wardaddy
I know what you mean and was kind of disappointed as well. After thinking on this article, I interpret his position as he treats her as adult and not as a celebrity - meaning that its OK to critique her selection and herself. See my post 39, please.

A politician as a cult leader is worrisome to me. As well as cheering for your side like we do for our favorite sports team - ALWAYS. It is actually good, that McCain was critiqued by conservative base a lot. Its just possible that it made him a better candidate.

45 posted on 09/12/2008 7:30:00 AM PDT by Tolik (2008: Maverick/Barracuda vs. Messiah/Mouth or The Hero vs. the Zero and "Our mama beats your Obama")
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To: gridlock
Krauthammer reveals, again, why he is the best of the best.

AMEN to that. I was blown away the first time I saw him school the rest of the Panel on Fox News Sunday.

46 posted on 09/12/2008 7:35:54 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to CHANGE)
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To: carmelanne

“. . . did the informed source also disclose that they knew what was best for the Country and lobbied for a VP like smiling Joe Lieberman?”

I am certain that this particular source would NEVER lobby for liberman. This person’s politics are nearly as conservative as ModelBreaker’s. And that’s pretty conservative.


47 posted on 09/12/2008 7:48:21 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Tolik
Celebrity, cult goddess, mother of five, leader of the free world; every person can call her whatever moves them, but move them she does. She will be known for being a common American.

My heart is so glad that she is now on the scene and radiates a persona that we all recognize and can relate to!

Tell me truthfully, does she not remind you of your grandmother or other family member or friend who has touched you and has left their memory in your heart that brings a smile when you need it the most?

How in the hell can I relate or believe in Obama, he means nothing to me! He means nothing to my family! Are we such schmucks that we can not discerne for ourselves just who is worthy of our trust?

McCain can stick that little snarl of his in someone else's face but not mine! Can you imagine having to face him at a customer service desk. We are doomed with the choice of Obama or McCain. I can only pray for a benevolent outcome to this mess.

In the meantime; thank you McCain for your great choice and I hope many other great choices will follow!

Just sayin!

48 posted on 09/12/2008 7:49:19 AM PDT by carmelanne (Trump and Bolton please! Go immediately and clear out the UN building.)
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To: DustyMoment; All
A ask good question. “I still would like to know who is actually driving the Obamessiah.”

It is a tad unsettling that his backer is shrouded in mystery. Many unusual people have been mentioned usually in response to questions, such as; how, with Obama’s unusual background, did he manage to get such an advanced degree from Harvard?

http://ingunowners.com/forums/politics_laws_and_2nd_amendment/9355-who_paid_for_obama_s_harvard_law_education.html

A for real flesh and blood civil rights activist has this to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EcC0QAd0Ug

Also, Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour a/k/a Donald Warden. My choice as Obama’s sponsor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIrWrxuR_GM

I love YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YzW7_c6XvU&feature=related

Just sayin

49 posted on 09/12/2008 8:25:59 AM PDT by carmelanne (Trump and Bolton please! Go immediately and clear out the UN building.)
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To: Tolik
To top himself, Obama had to reach. Hence his triumphal declaration that history would note that night, his victory, his ascension, as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Heh heh.

50 posted on 09/12/2008 8:50:00 AM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("Spare me all the phony talk about change." Senator Barack Obama)
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