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Obama for Prez

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Even out here in London, it's clear to see that Obama is just what the States needs

He's the USA's only chance of redeeming themselves in the eyes of the rest of the world for sure. Fingers crossed.

4th Jun 2008, 09:52

seaneeboy says:

Is America able to vote for a black president though?

Lets hope so - it's a shame his colour is an issue because he's got the right idea.

4th Jun 2008, 10:23

Alfie says:

I think his being black is actually something which will make things a lot more incendiary, but in a good way. He's so statesman-like, and so warm, that he's capable (I think) of allowing someone who otherwise might not be able to look past the colour of his skin, the ability to. There's such a deep need and desire for change in the US that his being black can be a potent totemic symbol of that I think. Time will tell, and it's only 5 months till the election.

4th Jun 2008, 10:38

taniwha says:

Hilary Clinton presented the possibilities that the USA president has been drawn from two families since 1989. Imagine that - 20 years of leadership from two dynasties.

4th Jun 2008, 11:40

Alfie says:

That's really scary. What's your take on Mccain Taniwha?

4th Jun 2008, 11:54

hildegard says:

I look at Obama & despair. A campaign fought purely on the beauty contest priciple, barely a costed proposal to his name & lashings of empty, warm, fluffy rhetoric. He's the David Cameron of Democratic politics - promise everything; commit to nothing.
Qualities like human warmth are great if you're electing a class president, when you're electing the president of the USA, such things ought to be beneath consideration. His campaign sounds just like GW's first campaign - "Oh, those Washington folks, they don't understand regular people & need shaking up by a downhome guy like me." and look where that got the electorate.

4th Jun 2008, 12:48

swamprose says:

Americans are tired of dynasty politics. Obama and McCain are talking about Iraq, and that looks like the main issue. Meanwhile, whoever will be prez inherits one hell of a financial meltdown.

Obama and McCain are running pretty much neck and neck in the polls. Experience vs Fresh Air.

I remember when Blair looked good from this side of the pond.

4th Jun 2008, 12:56

hildegard says:

I never recall a time Blair looked good.

Just before the May 97 election when the New Party came to power, the french daily, Libération published a front page consisting of a shot of Blair with the headline "Vide de Contenu" (Empty of Content). How right they were & as long as political decision-making is determined by looking good, not doing good, we'll go on being led by charismatic, casuistical little shysters like him.

Worth mentioning that Blair & many of the Noo Labour cabinet chancers of recent times (Blair, Mandelson, Benn Jnr, Millibands minor & minimus, etc) are from political dynasties. The leadership is now so out of touch that they even imagined putting up the daughter of the deceased MP would win them the recent Crewe & Nantwich byelection, not make them seem as much a party of hereditary privilege as Cameron & his Eton Rifles.

4th Jun 2008, 13:36

crickson says:

I agree with Hildegard wholeheartedly about Obama. I just don't understand what his actual policies are. They are never mentioned. Unlike God which is mentioned in every sentence Obama utters on TV

4th Jun 2008, 13:52

mat says:

politics? about policies?

Pffffftttt. Not sure which century you're all living in.

This is one reason I think that people should have to pass a basic intelligence/current affairs test in order to be allowed to vote.

4th Jun 2008, 14:11

Alfie says:

Same as they should before they're allowed to have babies.

4th Jun 2008, 14:21

Alfie says:

Hildegard - this one's for you :)

4th Jun 2008, 14:50

hype says:

the largely reactive nature of a modern western governments partly dictated by media pressure, for me, means that the leader of the party matters less these days. that said, whoever does win is in for the worst term in the usas post war history. if obama wins there will not be another black president ever again. i agree with alfie, there are of course still some people who only see colour but i think when it all goes bad it will ony justify their prejudice in their own minds.

4th Jun 2008, 14:58

Rich says:

I think the time is right for a partly black president.

And to be honest Hildegard's objections could be applied to all of them. It's all empty rhetoric, up until the inauguration.

That said, a quick check of his website shows, oh yeah, his policies and ideas. What a marvellous age we live in that we are not limited by the broadcasts news in our quest for information.

4th Jun 2008, 15:15

crickson nli says:

Rich> Ooo - get you!

I like that he hasn't joined the gas tax holiday bandwagon. I don't like that he actually seems to talk about God more than the other two put together.

I think he's had an incredibly easy ride from the media here, and I'm instinctively adverse to personality cults, which is all the Obama campaign amounts to so far.

4th Jun 2008, 15:27

Puddlepuff says:

Black,...? LoL

His father is a Luo, one of the bigger tribes here in Kenya, Vice President Odinga is from the same tribe.

Anyway, if he would be walking down the road here in Nairobi people would probably shout Mzungu at him. My arse* is more black then he is, and that's about the same how I feel* about the whole racial issue or gender when it comes to election people in power.

Who gives a damn, if it has a penis, vagina and what the color is. But please please let it be someone who's has a bigger goal then fucking up the counties around him.

4th Jun 2008, 15:34

Rich says:

yes that's why I said partly originally.

I dunno, I'm wasted on you guys sometimes.

4th Jun 2008, 15:49

Alfie says:

not on me Rich, I loves ya.

4th Jun 2008, 17:03

I just want a president that's halfway competent and gives a damn about doing things by the rules we've all voted on and ratified.

Obama and Clinton are in the running now only because if I registered what I left in the toilet this morning as a Democrat and paid the million bucks necessary to smear it on ballots in all fifty states, it'd have a decent chance of being elected against any Republican candidate following eight years of GWB.

I don't have any trouble with a black man (or half-black, or what have you) or a woman as the Chief Executive. But candidates fielded because now is the best opportunity to shoehorn the showboat of our choice into office and set some timely precedents? That's weak. I know what we'd like, but we need someone who can clean up the mess.

The situation is grim. Anyone apparently willing to jump on this grenade should probably be disqualified from public service by reason of insanity.

Right now I can't do much more than hope. I wish I had enough to share.


4th Jun 2008, 18:44

Crickson> According to several US polls, 15% of Americans believe Obama is Muslim, despite all the demented pastor hoo-ha. I'm not surprised he's mentioning Christianity in every sentence (especially if he's trying to sway some of the disenfranchised republicans).

Whoever wins will likely be hugely unpopular because they've got more than a little bit of mess to clean up on both foreign and domestic policies.

4th Jun 2008, 23:36

crickson says:

I'm not surprised he's mentioned God once or twice. This is America. It's the frequency that surprises me, and makes me think not much will change.

Oh, and according to a 2005 Gallup poll, 24% of Americans believe that alien beings have visited our planet. A large proportion of the US public are utterly mad. But super-friendly.

5th Jun 2008, 04:01

mattthew says:

Truth be told Obama or no Obama, the world got much bigger issues.... Like oil prices , food and all dat sh..t. What is Obama gon bring to tha table.. love the though.

5th Jun 2008, 11:32

I'm wondering where I fit on the utterly mad/super-friendly scale, but I have my suspicions.


5th Jun 2008, 15:13

Alfie says:

I believe the federal government have their suspicions of you too Laz :)

5th Jun 2008, 15:21