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The Cosmopolitan President (Yuppie Utopia Barf Alert)
Forbes ^ | 1/15/2009 | Elisabeth Eaves

Posted on 01/16/2009 10:50:43 AM PST by mojito

A leader is a blank slate for the projection of all our hopes, Barack Obama perhaps more so than most. To some he symbolizes an end to racism, to some an end to partisan politics, to some a salve for economic wounds.

To me, he cuts a symbolic figure as our first cosmopolitan president. He is, that is, a citizen of the world. I project cosmopolitanism onto Obama because of his background: The Kansan mother and Kenyan father, the upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia. His political birth took place in Chicago. But to me Obama is a global citizen in the most reassuring way.

Before the election, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan lamented that both Obama and John McCain symbolized the "end of placeness." Neither could be strongly identified as "from" a specific location. McCain because, as a navy brat and then a service member, he moved around a lot before finally settling in Arizona.

Neither of them are rooted to their terroir in the way of America's old-time politicians from the Mississippi Delta or Irish Boston, or in the way Bill Clinton could be strongly identified with Arkansas and George W. Bush with Texas.

What Noonan laments, I celebrate. I was attracted to candidate Obama in part because of, not despite, his dislocated background. I identified with it. It meant sympathy for my own stints living abroad and my habit of roving around the world for work, education and pleasure.

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: citizenoftheworld; cluelessyuppie; girdlock; obama; obamamania; pravdamedia; pray4gridlock; reddupe; theone; usefulidiot; weneedgridlock
Our new fearless leader isn't the only one whose blank.
1 posted on 01/16/2009 10:50:43 AM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

‘The Kansan mother and Kenyan father’

Otherwise known as The Ho and the Deadbeat....


2 posted on 01/16/2009 10:52:59 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: mojito

Eaves must be some sort of prize moron.


3 posted on 01/16/2009 10:53:24 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: mojito

Well he can’t prove he’s a citizen of the US that’s fer dang sure


4 posted on 01/16/2009 10:53:25 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: mojito

I don’t believe this about 0be. Shouldn’t we look at all of the passports he has had over the years? Then we might actually know where he was when and where his real loyalties lie.


5 posted on 01/16/2009 10:53:35 AM PST by Paladin2 (No, pundits strongly believe that the proper solution is more dilution.)
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To: mojito

I thought he was ‘metro-sexual’...


6 posted on 01/16/2009 10:53:37 AM PST by ex91B10 (So many opinions, so little time...)
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To: mojito

“To me, he cuts a symbolic figure as our first cosmopolitan president....””

At this point, I threw up in my mouth......you’ve got to be kidding me......


7 posted on 01/16/2009 10:54:04 AM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: mojito

Barack Obama= uncle Tom to some


8 posted on 01/16/2009 10:54:29 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: scottdeus12

“To me, he cuts a symbolic figure as our first cosmopolitan president....””

Does he drink cosmopolitans or read the magazine?


9 posted on 01/16/2009 10:55:59 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: mojito
I'd rather have a countrypolitan president.


10 posted on 01/16/2009 10:56:30 AM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the board moderator.)
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To: mojito
"A leader is a blank slate for the projection of all our hopes, Barack Obama perhaps more so than most."

Blank slate! I see $1 trillion plus yearly budget deficits when I look at that clown!

11 posted on 01/16/2009 10:57:12 AM PST by avacado
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To: mojito
His political birth took place in Chicago.

That's all you need to know. Despite all the other fancy stuff that makes liberals gush, it really comes down to this: Barrack Obama is a parochial politician who cut his ideological teeth inside the corrupt Illinois Democratic political machine.

try and paint him as a cosmopolitan citizen of the world all you want, but his entire adult ideological life is a creation of that environment. He's Mayor Dailey with a tan.

12 posted on 01/16/2009 10:59:08 AM PST by Citizen Blade ("A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy" -Benjamin Disraeli)
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To: mojito

(Forbes article author is a FORMER STRIPPER)

Elisabeth Eaves’ first book Bare

The Naked Truth About Stripping was called “a first-rate, first-person work of social anthropology” by the Washington Post and “an utterly engrossing, accessible, and informative study” by Booklist.

In its unstinting honesty, Bare demands that we take a closer look at the way sexuality is viewed in our culture: what, if anything, constitutes “normal” desire; the ethics of swapping money – or anything else – for sex; and how women and men navigate the perilous contradictions and double standards that make up today’s socio-sexual conversation.

Originally published in hardcover by Knopf, Bare is now available in paperback from Seal Press.


13 posted on 01/16/2009 10:59:47 AM PST by roses of sharon ("No socialist system can be established without a political police.", Churchill -1945)
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To: mojito

To me, cosmopolitan = someone with vague loyalties who probably can’t be trusted or counted on in a pinch.


14 posted on 01/16/2009 11:03:15 AM PST by jpl (Episode 44: A New Dope - coming soon to a country near you.)
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To: mojito
A leader is a blank slate for the projection of all our hopes, Barack Obama perhaps more so than most.

Only for people as vacuous as the author, who is apparently desperate to be "lead" by someone...

15 posted on 01/16/2009 11:03:34 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: mojito

That’s exactly what I dislike most about him. He’s not an American.


16 posted on 01/16/2009 11:03:56 AM PST by livius
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To: mojito
It needs to be said, in a nonpartisan way, that NO President should consider them-self a “citizen of the world.”
17 posted on 01/16/2009 11:03:56 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: roses of sharon

(notice her indocrination at our communist universties, with “International Studies”.)

Elisabeth Eaves (born 1971) is a Canadian author and journalist. She is a frequent contributor to Slate magazine and currently works for Forbes magazine as a staff writer.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Eaves received a B.A. in international studies from the University of Washington and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Eaves is author of Bare: On Women, Dancing, Sex, and Power (2002), a non-fiction book about stripping. She worked as a stripper in the Lusty Lady peep show in Seattle, an establishment that had considered (and ultimately rejected) unionization for its workers.


18 posted on 01/16/2009 11:04:35 AM PST by roses of sharon ("No socialist system can be established without a political police.", Churchill -1945)
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To: mojito
I don't want a "global citizen," nor does anyone need one in that office. Gimme Natural Born any day.
19 posted on 01/16/2009 11:04:51 AM PST by Category Four (Joy, Fun, the Joke Proper, and Flippancy ... Flippancy is the best of all.)
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To: Citizen Blade

“He’s Mayor Dailey with a tan.”

LOL. I am stealing that one. Nice work!


20 posted on 01/16/2009 11:06:19 AM PST by Batman11
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To: mojito

OK MSM, you can stop now, we’re past the puke stage.
Just STFU!


21 posted on 01/16/2009 11:07:40 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: mojito

“A leader is a blank slate for the projection of all our hopes”

WTF?

A leader is someone who is given the reigns on the basis of prior accomplishments and expectations that he won’t screw up.

What is this “projection of all our hopes” and “blank slate”? He should already have a list on that slate of things he plans to accomplish. He should already have shared that list with us, debated how he would implement his ideas, and won in the arena of ideas.

Instead we have been sold a trendy ‘pet rock’. Nobody knows what it does. But everyone has the t-shirt.


22 posted on 01/16/2009 11:09:30 AM PST by weegee (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: mojito
I honestly cannot think of anything rational to say in reply.

This pathetic ego encrusted twit managed to hit nearly every hot button there is:
when the denouement comes, she won't even know what hit her.

23 posted on 01/16/2009 11:09:48 AM PST by norton
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To: mojito

“When I think about you, I touch myself”


24 posted on 01/16/2009 11:14:50 AM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: mojito

Two Americas.

25 posted on 01/16/2009 11:14:51 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Ronald Reagan had a vision of America. Barack Obama has a vision of Barack Obama.)
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To: mojito
A leader isn't a blank slate. A department store manikin is. If, in fact, that is what certain "cosmopolitan" poseurs find attractive in a candidate it is because it is most likely to result in their own reflection beaming back at them.

Hence the attraction for Obama. It is, to be sure, no deeper than the reflection on a mirror but it is infinitely malleable. And look! Right there! It's One Of Us! A mirror will do that to infants and pets. The rest of us know better.

26 posted on 01/16/2009 11:18:59 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: ex91B10

isn’t that a just a new way of saying he’s a wimp who may or may not be queer as a football bat?


27 posted on 01/16/2009 11:25:45 AM PST by madamemayhem (Auntie Em: hate you, hate Kansas, took the dog. Dorothy)
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To: Billthedrill

department store maniquin! i knew i had seen that guy somewhere before!! J.C. Penney had him modeling ski sweaters for years... how the heck did he get away? and who is pulling that “talk string” in his back?


28 posted on 01/16/2009 11:29:29 AM PST by madamemayhem (Auntie Em: hate you, hate Kansas, took the dog. Dorothy)
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To: madamemayhem

...yada, yada, yada...to me he represents a phony, a fraud, someone who wants the big prize without ever having put in his dues other than to play the affirmative action card over and over and over again.

It is statistically improbable that a person can skate all the way through life, especially public life as President of the United States, without convictions, experience or grounding and not come up against a day of reckoning. Ceasar, Napolean, Hitler...they all had theirs though they seemed adored and untouchable for the longest time.

I’ve seen this play before...it always ends badly...just watch.


29 posted on 01/16/2009 11:42:41 AM PST by johnnycap
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To: mojito

Oh my - projectile yuppie utopia barf alert.


30 posted on 01/16/2009 12:31:15 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: mojito

I betja Betsey had multiple organisms while writing this.


31 posted on 01/16/2009 2:21:30 PM PST by upchuck (Get ready for 2009: Pray; Raise/conserve cash; Pay your debts; Pray; Stockpile; Buy ammo; Pray)
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To: mojito
What Noonan laments, I celebrate. I was attracted to candidate Obama in part because of, not despite, his dislocated background. I identified with it. It meant sympathy for my own stints living abroad and my habit of roving around the world for work, education and pleasure

Its rootless douches like you who are ruining once charming places like New York City (Mallhattan) and Santa Fe (now Santa Fake). For all your talk of being cosmopolitan, you yuppie excrement bring all the blandness of white bread suburban culture with a hypocritically latte leftist worldview, despite the fact that you would be the first folks to get shot in a real revolution.

32 posted on 01/16/2009 5:26:23 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: mojito
God what is with these idiot women columnists?

Shouldn't she and Nooner have outgrown their schoolgirl crushes by now? Sheesh.

33 posted on 01/16/2009 8:30:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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