Still confused?

I’m a little confused.  Let me see if I have this straight…..

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.”
* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers: a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow, Trig, and Track: you’re a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating: you’re well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl (sportscaster), 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with fewer than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.
* If you’re husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DUI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.

[via Jenny]

6 thoughts on “Still confused?”

  1. Some of that was cute, and quite a bit of it inaccurate. Michelle Obama didn’t sacrifice a damn thing. She was earning something like $120,000+ a year when Obama ran for US Senate and received a $180,000 raise after he was elected and arranged for millions in earmarks for her employer, the University of Chicago. Obama may have been a US Senator for 4 years, but in those four years he spent less than 150 days in the Senate itself. While I’ve long believed that Obama will be the next POTUS, it is sad to see so many people misrepresenting the fact about his resume, his wife’s resume, his work habits, much less his tax returns (which clearly show he violated Illinois state law by accepting speaking fees while a State Senator) and history of arranging favors for corrupt Chicago machine fixers at taxpayer expense and to the detriment of the people who were supposed to be helped by them. For all I know, Sarah Palin may be an inexperienced idiot but there is no question that Barack Obama is the least experienced candidate for POTUS in exactly 100 years.

  2. Oh RW Rogers, you are so right! George Bush was so much more experienced than Obama! Really! How many countries did he visit before being elected? Two? How many businesses did he manage successfully?

    Truly, shouldn’t we settle for an intelligent and articulate president this time around? And one who does not call his wife a c–t? I’m just sayin’…

  3. …it is sad to see so many people misrepresenting the fact about his resume, his wife’s resume, his work habits…

    I think that runs both ways, Randy. Even McCain admitted his ads were misleading and dishonest, but he would leave it up to the American people to make up their own minds. To me, quid pro quo is more than appropriate.

    If I remember correctly, the only foreign policy experience George Washington had was waging war against the British and trying desperately to sway the French to help us. I say that only because it seems liberals and conservatives are so focused on buzz words that it has blinded them to every grain of truth, every important bit of information that exists about both candidates.

    Personally, I dislike them both and am forced to vote for the lesser of two vile, predictable politicians, neither of whom I believe to be truly worthy of being the POTUS.

    Honestly, this is why I’ve tried to stay away from Annie’s blog for months now: it’s been nothing but Obama-bashing politics with a bunch of cheerleaders and echo chambers running along the sidelines. If a fraction of equality had emerged, it probably wouldn’t have been quite such a turnoff. Then again, the politics alone was dissuasive enough regardless of the attack targets.

    And by the way, I’d be happy to print a similar piece from the McCain perspective as long as it challenges the assumptions, provides some humor, and doesn’t cause a drag on my good mood. I’m an equal opportunity basher when it comes to political figures!

    (I’m an independent, as I’ve said before, and I spare no sympathy for party lines. Keep in mind that I very much dislike politics because it ruins everything it touches. I deal with individuals, not group platforms.)

  4. I wasn’t talking about McCain or Palin in my comment. I’m not voting for them. And I’m sorry I couldn’t stay silent about what you considered a light-hearted post, but I am appalled by the outright lies and distortions by people who should (and do) know better so this thing triggered a response. Almost no one in the national press has seriously investigated almost anything abut this man and yet he will be the next President of the United States. The honeymoon won’t last and a lot of people are going to wish they’d done some due diligence beforehand. (To cite but one more example, we all know there have been demands for McCain to re-open his health records. McCain made them available to a limited number of reporters for a few hours earlier this year. Fine idea to me. But why no similar demands of Obama, whose released "medical record" is nothing more than a one-page statement by a doctor that he is in good health? He’s 47. He smokes. What’s his bp? What about diabetes? Is he on any medications? Fair questions, I think.)

  5. Obama hasn’t been diagnosed with cancer or treated for it, and there are no rumors that he has a stage 3 melanoma hidden in his condition that puts his VP pick in an immediate position to take over as the POTUS. I think the medical records question is fog and mirrors at best, TBH, as the issue stems from foreknowledge that indicates age and health as significant factors for McCain–not Obama.

    But I’m not excusing anyone with that. My personal opinion is that everyone running for the top two executive slots should have their medical histories and records opened for all to see as they indicate ability to function and retain the office in question. Privacy aside, I don’t want someone voted in for president only to have the VP take over six months later due to a known health problem–especially when the VP is someone like Palin (and note I have no love for Biden either).

    However, why aren’t those medical records–so blatantly exposed as you say–part of the public’s experience in this matter? We, after all, are making the decision, so it is we after all who deserve to know. (A “limited number of reporters for a few hours” is an insult as he would be working for we the people, not just a handful of trusted acolytes in the press.)

    McCain gets no points for that effort–assuming it ever happened, especially given the “leaks” that indicate a far more serious medical record than we’ve been lead to believe.

    I wasn’t talking about McCain or Palin in my comment.

    However, I was in the original post (an e-mail forwarded to me). Not to mention the running mates and spouses. It seemed to me a logical conclusion–mistaken though that might be–that you were/are making comparisons to justify your positions without wanting to face the comparisons themselves. That to me smells of the politics I so hate (e.g. what’s good for the goose doesn’t count for the gander).

    I’ve reread the original missive and find nothing so flagrantly deceptive as McCain’s ads, and I certainly find nothing that contradicts the public record as it stands. I’d sincerely welcome your enlightenment if you feel otherwise. Keep in mind I’m looking for facts, not opinions, as the message was based on public opinion humorously compared to what is believed as truth.

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