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For how long can a politician be all things to all people?
In the days of the glamorous Democrats and their siecle of White House ownership, the answer was: at least eight years each. In the modern media age? Well, the clock is still ticking. Barack Hussein Obama congealed in the Aaron Sorkin-like minds of the nation’s liberal luminaries three years ago, at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The promise? Elocution that bowls ‘em over, the faint silhouette of America’s most effusive and effective black political leaders from back then, a gripping life story, a Coloradan torrent of niceness. A stick, a stone, the end of the road. The waters of March, the promise of life!
The rub? A crisp and clear platform just doesn’t fit into the formula. So Barack Hussein Obama will live or die by various big media plays. Each time someone tries to “bring him down”—as Hillary Clinton’s opposition researchers did when they made it known that Obama went to a radical Islamic school—that’ll be a feather in his cap. His fledgling campaign created a similar story when they claimed that Republicans had consorted to commence use of his middle name, which I have herein redacted for the health of my family. But, again, there’s the victim angle. No one wants Obama to succeed—so don’t you, Average Joe? The magic of Obama, in addition to his being “young, gifted and black, and white, and Hawaiian, and Kansan, and charismatic, and Congregationalist, and Muslim,” is that he can also be the underdog and the frontrunner at exactly the same time. It is a winning combination, probably.
But still, the question. When will Barack Hussein Obama allow America to know him, and where he stands?
If he doesn’t start talking substance right quick, he’ll become known as the man who was “born in war-ravaged Honolulu in 1961.”
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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