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Obama Quest

All week long we’ve been following ‘Barry Magicseed’s Summer Abroad’.

That’s how Jon Stewart introduced a brilliant Daily Show Thursday night, which was followed by a hilarious mashup of our heroic Senator slaying seven-headed dragons and a cyclops from that old-school Sinbad movie that used to constantly play on UHF TV.

In Part 2, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asks, “Is the mainstream media in love with Barack Obama?” Stewart answers that question more effectively, and more humorously, than the videos attempted by the McCain campaign.

I post this today because this is one of the funniest Daily Shows I’ve seen in a while I think there’s a laugh in there for everyone, even Republicans.

It’s worth just watching the Sinbad intro and the first 1:20 of jokes. Perhaps the GOP should just pay liberal comedians a boatload of cash to write humorous material attacking the left, since it’s obvious that no one satirizes the left better than the left?

(Stupid WordPress doesn’t allow Daily Show embeds, so you’ll just have to follow the links)

[ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ]

The third segment with Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore was funny as well.

On Obama

I’ve partially bought into Obama. No, I don’t think he’s the Messiah and I don’t expect him to single-handedly turn the economy around, fix health care, end Iraq, improve education and cure cancer. I am disappointed with his faith-based plan, but I still think Obama is the best presidential candidate to come along in my lifetime. To paraphrase Cornell West, the day Obama gets elected, I’ll dance and celebrate, but the next day I’ll be an Obama critic.

As president, he is the establishment and needs a vocal core to keep him focused on progressive governance. Obama, above all, exists in a political world where compromise is the only way things get done. If, to get the things I want as a progressive – health care reform, out of Iraq, pro-choice judiciary, drug law reform, poverty reduction, sophistication of domestic and foreign policy, competent emergency response, focus on global warming – even if Obama’s faith-based plans don’t get him one vote but if it allows him to build a bigger working coalition on other issues and it earns him political capital with which he can advance agenda items I believe in, I’ll gladly take the compromise. I won’t refrain from criticizing the program, but I won’t judge Obama by the concessions he makes as much as I’ll judge him on the progress those compromises buy.

I am optimistic about Obama because I feel that in areas I disagree with him or find him deficient, that, because he his thoughtful, open-minded, and sophisticated, we can employ vocal criticism, activism and the old-school principals of grassroot democracy to pressure President Obama and his Democratic congress to get right on controversial issues.

I’m voting for Obama and I’ll rock the “Hope” poster and the campaign t-shirt, but I will not give him a free pass. I’d urge people who disagree with Obama to still vote for him because I believe at the very least Senator Obama is dedicated to making government work and will respond to pressure from the people to do the right thing. In other words, he may not comply with your viewpoint today on an important issue, but we the people can work with this guy. He is unlike Bush and McCain because he lacks the GOP’s rigid dogma. Examine this statement from his 2006 book “The Audacity of Hope”:

[I]t is my obligation, not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided, just as I cannot claim infallibility in my support of abortion rights. I must admit that I may have been infected with society’s prejudices and predilections and attributed them to God; that Jesus’ call to love one another might demand a different conclusion; and that in years hence I may be seen as someone who was on the wrong side of history.

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Obama will lower your tax bill more than GOP rival McCain

I’m not trying to persuade my McCain supporting reader(s) to vote for Obama. And I know most of my Yahoo friends probably lean towards voting for Senator Obama already. My purpose here is to debunk the myth that Obama wants to tax and spend and McCain will give the average American all sorts of tax breaks. I don’t necessarily care why anyone supports McCain, as long as it’s for honest reasons – in other words, don’t tell me you’re voting against Obama because McCain supports Bush’s tax cuts, unless you’re wealthy.

CNN recently broke down the numbers of both candidates’ tax plans, and based on household income demographics, we glean the following:

  • 97% of taxpayers may see a reduction in income taxes under Obama’s plan; only the wealthiest 1% will see any significant increase in their tax bills.
  • 85% of taxpayers, meaning those earning under $112,000, could take home more under Obama’s plan then McCain’s.
  • 67% of taxpayers, those earning less than $66,000 could take home an average of $500-$700 more per year under Obama’s plan then McCain’s.

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“Your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams…”

“…investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.” ~ Barack Obama

This is a call to all thinking people from any walk of life or any political orientation. Please set aside 40 or so minutes to listen to Senator Obama’s address on the subject of race in America. Or, if you prefer, carefully read the speech’s text.

Yes, there is a sentence or two about Senator Obama’s political positions, but 99% of the address is an earnest, thoughtful, sensitive and sophisticated sketch of how race sometimes divides America and the role race plays in American politics. Now, I’m not going to dare place Senator Obama in the rhetorical company of Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X – that requires critical distance and the voice of scholars. I will say that Americans living today have not heard a such a candid, intellectual speech on this topic by an American of Obama’s stature in decades; in that context, today’s address may prove historic.

Obama said everything I try to say when I discuss race in America with others, but Obama does it far more eloquently, skillfully, and far more thoroughly then I. So please, realize that yes, Barack Obama is speaking for himself here and speaking in order to preserve his presidential campaign, but this man is also speaking for me and millions of others like me of all races who wish America could have a factual and enlightened discussion on how to make America great for all people. I hope after you consider the Senator’s words, you can say that he speaks for you, too, irrespective of who you want to occupy the White House come next January.

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Election 2008: Ronald Reagan vs. John F. Kennedy?

Disclosure: I voted for Obama in the primary and strongly prefer him as our next president over Clinton.

I was not around to witness the Jack and Bobby era first-hand, but before this latest wave of JFK comparisons I felt that in Obama I was witnessing a phenomenon akin to JFK/RFK. Yet, the more I hear the ‘Obama as the Black Kennedy’ meme, the more suspicious I become.

And since Caroline and Teddy have made overt their feelings about the Obama/Kennedy connection, more people have jumped on the bandwagon and each day a different old-Democrat war horse comes out and echos the “I knew JFK and Mr. Obama is a new JFK” theme. In Kristoff’s New York Times column, we see this:

“I’ve worked for three presidents and known two or three others,” said Michael Blumenthal, who started his public career under President Kennedy and served as Treasury secretary under President Carter. “And Obama is just about the only politician I’ve ever seen who compares to Jack Kennedy.”

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