Monday, April 19, 2010

Obama: DQ'd from the presidency?

From an e-mail forward that, like so many of its counterparts, is wrongly attributed to a source who abhors it:

"And finally, we have elected a man that no one really knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla , Alaska .."

Most anti-Obama tripe is fear-based and stupid, but at least the points are linear. He's evil; we don't want evil in the White House. And so on. But I'm confused as to the writer's point here. Let me count the ways:

1) Do we really know nothing about Barack Obama? I thought he was a foreign-born, madrassa-attending, racist community organizer and terrorist sympathizer who wants to turn America into a Marxist, socialist welfare state! Judging by Obama's performance in office so far, none of that, in fact, seems even remotely true. Then again, YOU NEVER KNOW!

2) Is he saying that, to be a qualified president, Obama needs to have run a Dairy Queen? I seem to recall a lot of laughter in 2008 over Obama's past as a community organizer. Ha ha ha! And how about that stint in academia as a constitutional law professor? Bustin' a gut here! This isn't the stuff presidents are made of. Real, America-loving presidents cut their teeth working as fast-food franchisees. Or any other kind of business. Even if they ran it into the ground.

The thing is, Obama's past vocations involved helping poor people in dangerous neighborhoods and learning the intricacies of this country's foundations, both of which have helped him throughout his political career. To me at least, that seems a better basis for leadership than making sure the Blizzard machine is calibrated for maximum efficiency.

3) Is he calling Wasilla, Alaska, big? Or is he saying that Obama's never even run such a small town? Either way, it's a moot point; Obama's Illinois senatorial district is more populous than the entire state of Alaska. Hell, even the university where he taught constitutional law has much more of a population than Wasilla. And he served longer as a state senator than did a certain governor of Alaska.

Yeah, maybe this is too easy of a target. But that doesn't mean it wasn't worth the pitch.

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