Obama’s trapped himself — not hard to do, I realize — by his stated intentions, among which is: he “wants to make government cool again” as he declared in a recent appearance from Columbia University.
So Obama goes before the world last night and is not cool, mostly because he’s declared himself to be being cool: the way of that pesky, illusive coolness factor, it slips through your fingers when you try to grab onto it. And it decidedly runs away when you try to maintain you are being it, as Obama has done.
The Presidential Debate last evening (Friday, 09/26/08) from Mississippi, showed us John McCain not only direct and strong but also steady and self-contained, a man with a mission who was not baited into any street fight by a street-fighting, taunting Barack Obama.
Obama, to the contrary: those glares, those stares, that fidgeting, stuttery, nearly seething undertow of anxiety, all the indications of a individual not only not cool but ill-equipped psychologically for much, it appears, other than jive. His ongoing interruptions of McCain’s comments, his visually demanding glares even at the moderator when his interruptions count wasn’t as high as he sought, his insistence (despite a pre-event agreement) on referring to John McCain as “John,” all added up to a surly personna I would not only not trust in the Presidency but I do not now trust to be a participant in the Senate.
The epitome of callousness from last evening in what I viewed and heard from Barack Obama was his cranky attempt at oneupmanship after McCain described the bracelet he wears in memory of a fallen U.S. soldier. Obama retorted — resentment in his voice — “I have a bracelet, too.”
Followed by Obama fidgeting, stammering, more of his ‘uhhs’ and ‘ahhs’ while he didn’t even know the name of the soldier inscribed on his alleged bracelet, followed by Obama looking down and grabbing his wrist in an attempt to read the soldier’s name so Obama could complete the Obama salespitch about Obama’s pride. Obama relented and opted to refer to the soldier’s mother’s last name, then went on to declare, “we have the highest number of casualties in Iraq than in any other war…”
Our brave U.S. soldier was never mentioned, Obama used the man’s legacy to inflate Obama’s political needs and to deride the U.S. military and the U.S., yet again. If Obama was a tent pole, he’d be in the fire.
Moreover, I’ve had my political-issues’ concerns with John McCain over the years and written often enough about them, but with every passing appearance by McCain, my confidence in the man grows. I’m now quite proud to be voting this November for McCain/Palin.
But something more needs to be done about Barack Obama and his followers — what that is to be remains to be determined, but I think I know an enemy when I see one and I saw one last night in Mississippi, the guy standing on stage glaring at John McCain and the rest of the world, stuttering, interrupting and approaching something I’d call the irrational.
UPDATE 2: The name of the soldier on the latest Obama-bracelet is revealed to be Cpl. Matthew Stanley — and the parents of fallen soldier Ryan David Jopek asked Obama to stop wearing a bracelet with their son’s name on it:
Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son’s Bracelet.…Where is Media?
September 28, 2008 – 03:53 ET
Barack Obama played the “me too” game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son’s name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family…(Read the full article…).