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How Barack Knocked the Satire Out of Me (Christopher Buckley- Obama Beyond Criticism)
The Daily Beast ^ | Christopher Buckley

Posted on 11/05/2008 8:20:18 PM PST by nickcarraway

Well, who’d have thought one would live to see the day, when America elected its first Muslim president? Allahu akbar, indeed.

Okay, okay.Forgive me for being a bit giddy. It’s just that after re-reading Obama’s stunning victory speech, and McCain’s superb concession speech, I’m a bit overcome with a sensation alien to the practicing (indeed, licensed) political satirist: pride in our leaders and country.So a quick joke in arguable taste seemed the only corrective measure at hand.We shall return to normal programming, as we used to say in the early days of TV.

Meanwhile, let us take a moment and pat ourselves on the collective back.Or, to quote our President-elect: “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

But now, my friends (as Senator McCain would say), I must soon revert to my quondam role as abuser and ridiculer of those in power.

Man, that son-of-a-gun can give a speech. I can hardly wait for the inaugural. BTW, or perhaps not btw, it was a speech that got him here in the first place: at the Democratic convention in 2004. I remember watching him, riveted (I was a speechwriter myself, in the Coolidge administration), thinking, “Wow. Where did this guy come from?” I wrote in the New York Times (I know, I know: the height of vanity, quoting yourself): “Barack Obama is the Tiger Woods of American politics.” Ahem. You read it there first.

But now, my friends (as Senator McCain would say), I must soon revert to my quondam role as abuser and ridiculer of those in power.No more Mr. Nice Guy. I shall immediately begin fault-finding.Within a week of Bill Clinton’s win in 1992, the excellent Dave Barry began referring to “the failed Clinton administration.” So it shall be with me.

Meanwhile, Mr. President-elect, my warmest congratulations. You make me—this is absurd, my eyes are watering—proud to be an American.

And Senator McCain, you are a great American and you went out in style. Congratulations to you, sir. Well done. Well done, America.


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1 posted on 11/05/2008 8:20:18 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

You forgot the barf alert.


2 posted on 11/05/2008 8:21:32 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Just a bitter redneck clinging to God & guns, 3 generations from small towns in W. Pa.)
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To: nickcarraway

Somehow it took out my parenthetical headline: (Christopher Buckey- Obama Beyond Criticism)


3 posted on 11/05/2008 8:21:59 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

what a Richard Cranium he is.


4 posted on 11/05/2008 8:22:08 PM PST by Perdogg (1460 Days until the 2012 Presidential Election - Dissent is Patriotic)
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To: nickcarraway
Thank you for whatever you're smoking.

I was pretty proud of Sarah Palin.
5 posted on 11/05/2008 8:22:45 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (My Success Is Not Determined By Who Wins Elections)
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To: nickcarraway
You (Hussien) make me — this is absurd, my eyes are watering — proud to be an American.

You make me want to puke, nancyboy.

6 posted on 11/05/2008 8:25:36 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: nickcarraway

Adolescent rebellion is spectacularly pathetic when you’re 50 years old.


7 posted on 11/05/2008 8:25:41 PM PST by denydenydeny ("[Obama acts] as if the very idea of permanent truth is passe, a form of bad taste"-Shelby Steele)
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To: nickcarraway

Chris, you ignorant slut.


8 posted on 11/05/2008 8:26:02 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway

Hey Chris!
You are a pussy.
Your Dad, William F. had great big cajones...
apparently there was some genetic accident.


9 posted on 11/05/2008 8:26:39 PM PST by acapesket
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To: nickcarraway
Christopher Buckley

Photobucket

10 posted on 11/05/2008 8:27:07 PM PST by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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Am I the only person in American that doesn’t see this amazing charisma Obama has? To me he is a boring professor, and when he tries to do the Black Preacher thing, he comes off almost as bad as Hillary Clinton trying to talk southern.

I think both Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee do Preacher Speecher better than Obama, and Rev Wright (and for that matter Father P) have TEN TIMES the charisma as 0.

Am I on another planet? Even his speeches are cobbled together from other stuff. I can see the OBOTS and MSM getting enamored with him, but supposedly CONSERVATIVE people who don’t agree with him?

And as a technical thing, I just don’t see the great speech giver. I can admit when a person in the other party is good...and he isn’t.

Am I crazy?


11 posted on 11/05/2008 8:27:33 PM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: nickcarraway

Hey funnyman, my gas tank ain’t full yet, and I am still getting calls about my mortgage payment. What the hell is going on? Did Bush kidnap Barack Obastard and prevent him from lowering the oceans and helping out a brother? I want my f’ing gas, and free college education, and other sh*t too that I just haven’t seen yet, but when I do, baby, you better get me one.


12 posted on 11/05/2008 8:27:59 PM PST by Infidel Puppy
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To: nickcarraway

Oh please, I don’t care who his father is. This guy is a real moron.


13 posted on 11/05/2008 8:30:19 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: nickcarraway

Go father a few more bastard children, traitor.


14 posted on 11/05/2008 8:31:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (We are SO screwed.)
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To: Crimson Elephant
Am I crazy?

I've got one who can *see*!

15 posted on 11/05/2008 8:31:40 PM PST by Infidel Puppy
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To: nickcarraway
"“Barack Obama is the Tiger Woods of American politics.” Ahem. You read it there first. "

By that he must mean everyone likes him, very few hate him and he's good at what he does.

Obamessiah is none of those things.

16 posted on 11/05/2008 8:32:25 PM PST by mbennett203 ("Bulrog, a tough brute ninja who has dedicated his life to eradicating the world from hippies.")
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To: Infidel Puppy

HA

Good stuff!


17 posted on 11/05/2008 8:32:31 PM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: nickcarraway
Here's our word for the day: quondam! The man's so giddy he can't even bother to proofread.

Don't you just love how the voters who gave us Mr. Obama are so captivated by the symbolism of his victory, they overlook that they just gave the keys to everything in the government to a man who couldn't get a security clearance? They are so swept up in this historic moment that they ignore the fact that men who want to destroy our country will now be guests in the Linclon Bedroom.

Poor Bill Buckley. He deserved better than this nut as a son.

18 posted on 11/05/2008 8:33:13 PM PST by giotto
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To: nickcarraway

Is this pathetic pencil-neck queer?


19 posted on 11/05/2008 8:34:05 PM PST by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: nickcarraway
Pass the smelling salts.....a Hussein swooner.

Good grief, any real men in journalism?

20 posted on 11/05/2008 8:34:27 PM PST by roses of sharon (The MSM vampires must die.)
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To: Crimson Elephant

I’m pretty sure I agree with you, but I’ve never been able to listen to Obama for more than 15 seconds to find out.


21 posted on 11/05/2008 8:37:21 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (My Success Is Not Determined By Who Wins Elections)
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To: nickcarraway
The very zenith of jejunosity. Or would that be nadir? Christo, the living embodiment of every argument in favor of a crushing inheritance tax. The very proof that DNA recombines randomly in the sexual process. Ah Christo. You suck as a writer. You suck as a satirist. You suck as a human being.

You suck.

What more is there to say?

22 posted on 11/05/2008 8:38:16 PM PST by FredZarguna (How many RPM is "Pup" up to?)
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To: nickcarraway

Were you so desperate to post something on FR today that you had to post this crap?
Shame on you.


23 posted on 11/05/2008 8:43:26 PM PST by Jean S
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To: nickcarraway
Dear Christopher -

Suck it.

Volunteer

PS - Thank God your Father did have to read this or see you support a Chicago democrat.

24 posted on 11/05/2008 8:46:02 PM PST by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: nickcarraway
You make me—this is absurd, my eyes are watering—proud to be an American

Yuck. What a ding-dong.


25 posted on 11/05/2008 8:47:31 PM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: nickcarraway

Sheesh! The Bolsheviks left this asshole on the Buckley doorstep in a basket. He can’t be flesh of William F. Buckley’s flesh.


26 posted on 11/05/2008 8:47:33 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: nickcarraway

Beyond criticism?
There can be problems mixing dexedrine with Jim Beam.

27 posted on 11/05/2008 8:49:04 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: nickcarraway
You make me—this is absurd, my eyes are watering—proud to be an American

I'm already so sick of this kind of crap. I was and am proud to be an American before the Obama administration, I will be proud to be an American during the Obama administration, and I will be proud to be an American after the Obama administration. If Christopher Buckley doesn't understand that pride in country has nothing to do with support of the inhabitant of the White House, then he never understood conservatism to begin with.

We are so much better off without Christopher Buckley on our side.

28 posted on 11/05/2008 8:49:57 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: Jean S
I apologize to you. I posted it because Buckley has been the subject of much discussion and because he is intimating, in a way, that Obama is above criticism.
29 posted on 11/05/2008 8:50:17 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

Just another privileged white man who was raised with money, never had to work too hard at anything, always secure in his future and drowning in a sense of guilt.


30 posted on 11/05/2008 8:50:21 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: nickcarraway

I apologize. This is garbage but you don’t have a reputation for posting garbage on FR.
I am just so darn frustrated, your thread happened to be the last straw for me.


31 posted on 11/05/2008 8:53:20 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Jean S

I understand. I think we will have to develop immunity, because we will be swimming in it for a long time.


32 posted on 11/05/2008 8:56:05 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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Christopher [last name revoked for idiocy]: You are a walking, talking argument for a 100% death tax. I would rather your father's money had been given a Viking funeral than be wasted on you. Go away and never darken the door of civilized society again.
33 posted on 11/05/2008 8:57:50 PM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: nickcarraway
we will have to develop immunity

It's going to take me a while.

34 posted on 11/05/2008 8:59:51 PM PST by Jean S
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

Was it a head injury in a skiing accident or did the cigarette that singed his optic nerve enter the temporal lobe of his brain and scald that as well?


35 posted on 11/05/2008 9:01:43 PM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: nickcarraway

Christopher Buckley?!

Who’s he?

Obviously NO relation to the late William F. Buckley, Jr. Bill would be spinning in his grave!

The kid would have to be a total ingrate.

WHy am I reading this PRETENDER on FR??


36 posted on 11/05/2008 9:02:15 PM PST by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: Jean S

When you do, let me know your secret.


37 posted on 11/05/2008 9:05:58 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

I believe that he was smoking while skiing. He slammed into a tree, forcing a cigarette into his brain, effectively smoking his gray matter like a ham.

Just shows to go ya, don’t smoke and ski.


38 posted on 11/05/2008 9:06:29 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: nickcarraway
"I shall immediately begin fault-finding.Within a week of Bill Clinton’s win in 1992, the excellent Dave Barry began referring to “the failed Clinton administration.” So it shall be with me.."

Good Idea. I'll be the first.

With the selection of Chief of Staff (contradicting promises to be a "unifier"), it's already a failed Obama administration.

That felt good. I'll try to repeat it. Often. (Hey, who's knocking on the door - at this late hour?)

39 posted on 11/05/2008 9:10:23 PM PST by research99
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To: Crimson Elephant
" Am I crazy?"

No, you're not crazy. It is just a matter of time before others see what you are already seeing. I'm guessing many that voted for him never saw him in an unscripted situation. That is really where is exposed for what he really is.
40 posted on 11/05/2008 9:10:50 PM PST by Mitt Romney (Text "SLATE WRIGHT" to 98999 to get a Reverend Wright ringtone)
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To: nickcarraway

Chris Buckley. Ah well. If Ben Franklin’s kid can betray him to the British, then even the son of a conservative legends can sell out.


41 posted on 11/05/2008 9:11:27 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: denydenydeny

Very good!


42 posted on 11/05/2008 9:12:10 PM PST by GVnana ("I once dressed as Tina Fey for Halloween." - Sarah Palin)
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To: acapesket

“Hey Chris!
You are a pussy.
Your Dad, William F. had great big cajones...
apparently there was some genetic accident.”

Paraphrasing Jurassic Park II... “Hey Chris, they say talent skips a generation; so your kids ought to be as sharp as tacks”.


43 posted on 11/05/2008 9:13:20 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: nickcarraway

Why are we wasting our time listing to this gasbag anti-conservative?


44 posted on 11/05/2008 9:14:48 PM PST by The Watcher
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To: nickcarraway

Ahh...the Vichy Republicans emerge with glowing praise and adulation at the mere sound of the Obamao’s voice..

Saruman indeed!


45 posted on 11/05/2008 9:17:46 PM PST by padre35 (Sarah Palin is the one we've been waiting for..Rom 10.10..)
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To: nickcarraway

My congratulations to Mr. Buckley on the assuagement of his white guilt.


46 posted on 11/05/2008 9:21:28 PM PST by dbwz
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“Vichy Republicans”

Oh man, that is so perfect. I’m gonna use that. Hell, I’m gonna draw up a logo for tshirts with that. That’s awesome, and a picture perfect description of Buckley, Powell, et al.


47 posted on 11/05/2008 9:25:36 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: nickcarraway

Chrissy...The Poncy Git


48 posted on 11/05/2008 9:27:09 PM PST by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: Crimson Elephant
Am I the only person in American that doesn’t see this amazing charisma Obama has? To me he is a boring professor,

That makes three of us...you, me and my wife.

49 posted on 11/05/2008 9:32:04 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (A member of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition...ready for four years of hard slogging.)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s right.

Better not make fun of the guy or his “truth” squads will be kicking in your front door....


50 posted on 11/05/2008 9:44:26 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Obama for President!)
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