Not trying to be the chief Obama-hater, but I do want to point out things that I feel are getting lost in the mix of Obama-hype.
One of those things is the Obama-Rezko corruption case, which still hasn't seen close scrutiny yet. $300,000 less than asking price? Next to a yard which went for full price? And on the same day? From your long-time friend/fundraiser who was under indictment at the time? And you later bought a slice of the adjacent property for $100,000? Stuff is all shady. Perfectly normal for a politician to accept bribes - but I think we should really know what Obama is all about, just as we should know what all the candidates are about. If Obama pulls off a miracle and wins the nomination (that's much less than a 1% chance), he's going to go down in flames on this Rezko stuff. You think Bill Clinton has an integrity problem? Wait until Fox and crew get a hold of this case. Fuggedaboutit.
On the matter of his speeches, one article on Truthdig described his SC victory speech as 'transcendent'. That's pretty typical boilerplate for whenever Obama says anything. He could say, "What's for lunch?", and the establishment press would go bonkers painting it as the best lunch speech ever - one that 'transcended hunger' or something. I watched the speech - dubious - and it was pretty good. But 'pretty good' is not 'transcendent'. Not only was it just not transcendent, but it was obvious Obama was reading from teleprompters:
Obama arrived to a thundering response and delivered another storming speech - its impact only slightly dampened by the presence of two TelePrompTer screens.
(Not sure why the Guardian titlecased the word 'teleprompter' like that.)
I guess it's possible for a speech to be transcendent even if it is being read from a teleprompter, but I certainly can't recall ever seeing any instances of it. Maybe some of the old school speeches I've heard just didn't have video with them, so I never saw the teleprompters? Whatever the case, it wasn't a transcendent speech - not sure why the establishment media seems to go there all the time.
I also decided I want to learn how to speak like that. It helps to be good-looking and all that, I'm sure, but I bet even regular people could sufficiently increase their oratory skills to a very high level.
And I still wish they just ran as a Prez/VP combo.
Oh yeah - and change, change, change.
...Botulism and bloodbaths. This is someone with 'ideas' that Obama thinks we should look towards to cross the political aisle. So, the botulism comment was when Reagan saw masses of poor black people from Oakland swarming food trucks - it'd be a nice, quick, easy way to exterminate them, I suppose. And the 'bloodbath' remark came after the National Guard and other terrorist forces murdered some anti-war student protesters on the UC-Berkeley campus. And Obama defenders are still defending his Reagan comments. And Obama is still sticking with his suggestion that we look to Reagan for strategies on how to cross the political aisle. I wonder who the recipients of Obama's Reagan-like murder comments will be. Will Obama start making jokes about killing anti-war protesters in San Francisco, and maybe poisoning peasants in Afghanistan when aid planes drop food pallets? Will Obama next praise Hitler and Stalin for their ideas?