Saturday, February 16, 2008

Jake Fuller Cartoon About Obama

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Unknown said...

Bingo. A Picture is worth a thosuand words!

Hope versus Reality

by David DiBello (

Who doesn’t love Hope and that “We Can!” spirit? Everyone thinks “Change” is all the rage and we know what we have and don’t like, but change into what? What will I look like when, as an American, I am being brought together? What do I gain and what do I lose?
Witnessing a Barack Obama speech is hypnotic. All the catch phrases are repeated over and over in lieu of documentated procedures and policies. This explains why his debate performance never matches his solo oratory. The Evangelist loses his luster when the spotlight is shone on facts; the snake oil salesman left spinning in rhetoric, if not actually putting his sandals in his mouth. One leaves a Barack speech mesmerized, but days later the hangover of “what exactly does that mean” remains.
Novelty wears off, pray not too late so as to jeopardize the general election, where a hit squad Republican party will tear into a resume that makes John Edwards seem the crafty veteran, and who Hillary fears the third rail of political correctness breeched if by insinuation alone.
Of course when we need to discuss how one actually removes Sadam or deals with a threat of terrorism, confront jobs being outsourced to foreign countries, approach the poverty level minimum wage that masks corporate welfare, or healthcare system that provides based on wealth, we turn to Hillary Clinton, the same candidate we wish ran in 2000 and 2004, but who is no longer the new product on the shelf. Mr. Obama gives us the “woulda” scenario of the
“woulda, coulda, shoulda” equation that can’t be proved.
Change is “nifty,” but the mechanics of change require a mission statement on how to change, just like scoring touchdowns is different from football practice. Dreams are for the young who have the luxury of time, while reality is for the seasoned who know dreams require actions to become reality. I am reminded of the actor Michael Douglas portraying the American President warning his opponent, “our citizens have real problems which require real solutions; your fifteen minutes are up.”
Barack has won the small states who gain notoriety for the “sake of being different.” Now the primaries turn to mega-states like Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania where people feel the effects of cost of living increases with stagnant wages. While campaigning for Governor in a minority NYC community, Nelson Rockefeller greeted a citizen with “hello” to which he was informed “I can’t put a “hello” in the bank.” The clock is ticking for Barack, and people are catching on that we can’t put “change” in the bank either.