Skip to comments.'The Man From Nowhere' -- What does Barack Obama believe in? (Peggy Noonan)
Posted on 12/14/2006 11:14:46 PM PST by Zakeet
We are getting very excited. Barack Obama is brilliant, eloquent and fresh. He is "exciting" (David Brooks), "charming" (Bob Schieffer), "my favorite guy" (Oprah Winfrey), has "charisma" (Donna Brazile), and should run now for president (George Will). Our political and media establishments, on the rebound from bad history, are sounding like Marlene Dietrich in her little top hat. Falling in luff again, vot am I to do, vot am I to do, kont hellllllp eet.
Well, down from your tippy toes, establishment.
He is obviously planning to run. This week he was in New Hampshire--rapturous reviews, sold-out fund-raisers--and before that, Iowa. His second book is his second best seller and the biggest-selling nonfiction title in the nation. The intro he taped for "Monday Night Football"--in an Aaron Sorkin-like setting of gleaming desk and important lighting--showed he is an actor who can absorb the script and knows by nature what a camera is. This is a compliment. All the great presidents of the media age, FDR, JFK and Reagan, were great actors of the presidency. (The one non-great president who was their equal in this, Bill Clinton, proved that acting is not enough.)
He has obvious appeal. I asked a Young Democrat college student why he liked him. After all, I said, he has little experience. That's part of what I like, he said. "He's not an insider, he's not just a D.C. politician."
He is uncompromised by a past, it is true. He is also unburdened by a record, unworn by achievement, unwearied by long labors.
What does he believe? What does he stand for? This is, after all, the central question.
(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...
This is a good read by a former Reagan staffer concerning the lack of any substance on the part of Barak, and some of the reasons why this matters.
The only difference between Obama and Osama is the bs.
I am a fair man and here's proof, Hollywood idle Clark Gable had big ears too.
There you go again Peggy, making me smile.
Couldn't barack hussein Obama do a remake of "Dumbo"?
I read the whole piece and this was Peggy lite. Ramblings of littleness surrounded by remember when with Ronnie.
Peggy sometimes needs less perfume and more honesty.
Yes , honesty,she knows the rosy wording of talk around is
not how you or I talk on the corner.We make our point.
Lastly, I trust her republicanism but,she like George Will begin to disappoint more than than satisfy. Odd.
Osama Obama doesn't have any experience what so ever, militarly or politically for running this country so what of earth are people excited about?
In his heart, he probably believes in Allah.
But, of course, that's why I hope that he runs (and wins the nomination) in 2008. As someone who, in their own small way, spend 2004 smearing Howard Dean and then John Kerry, nothing would be more enjoyable than spending 2008 dicing up the liberals' favorite pretty boy.
In particular, I find it very difficult to believe that the black son of a Moslem father never flirted with Islam. And, if there's evidence, we'll find it - and we'll use it.
Let Oprah say it; let it be done.
About Senator Obama's and Clark Gable's ears.
A joke I remember from decades ago, probably in the 1950s:
Two men are walking along a major city street at night.
One exclaims, "Look! there goes a taxi with its doors open!"
The other guy says, " That's not a taxi, that's Clark Gable!"
One of the most famous lines by a screen writer was inspired by the actor's (Clark Gable) own words: "My ears? Frankly.. I don't give a damn."
There's something that I find very strange.
I don't believe that Senator Obama is condemned as an apostate by radical Muslim nut cases, thus no fatwas, but..
Surely they should at least be extremely critical of someone who turned his back on Islam. As far as I know there's nary a word from the extremists. Why? I wonder.
A cursory search found one Islamic site that praises him and virtually claims him for Islam.
But, remember awhile back how the blogosphere Left decided that Oprah should be president? It doesn't take much to get their panties wet on the liberal left.
I'm not sure if Islam has a "baptism" or something similar, for that matter. I'd have to look it up.
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