Category Archives: Obama’s Foreign Trip

The New World and Those Who Pretend There is No Such Thing

Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. ~ Elie Wiesel You probably caught Wiesel at Buchenwald (video) along with Obama, which was odd: Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the Buchenwald concentration camp. … Continue reading

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Pass the Cognac

A long time ago there was this skinny young kid from Pittsburgh, and when he was at Westinghouse High School he was reading the New Yorker and learning French – an odd thing for a young, gay black man. And … Continue reading

Posted in Anti-European, Billy Strayhorn, Class Warfare, Economic Meltdown, Economic Reporting, Financial Meltdown, G20 Summit, Lush Life, Obama's Foreign Trip, Paris | 1 Comment

Of Course Our Politics Are Personality-Driven

Sunday, July 27 – things in the presidential campaign return to what passes for normal – Obama, back home from his stunningly effective trip abroad, McCain, defensive and angry, on the offensive, and the press saying that, obviously, the issues … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Economic Issues, Economic Meltdown, Iraq, McCain, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Economic Plan, Obama, Obama Disses the Troops, Obama's Foreign Trip, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Pandering, Political Posturing, Supporting the Troops, Timelines for Withdrawal | 3 Comments

Choose the Angry Old Man or the Young Narcissistic Sociopath

There is much that is absurd about our political system, not the least of which is the way we elect our president. Just ask our Australian friend who lives in Paris – she is dumbfounded that it has come down … Continue reading

Posted in Exploiting Resentment, Iraq, Maliki Shoots Down McCain, McCain, Nasty Politics, Nouri al-Maliki, Obama, Obama Disses the Troops, Obama's Foreign Trip, Political Posturing, Presumptuous Obama, Qualifications to be President, Supporting the Troops, Timelines for Withdrawal, Withdrawal From Iraq | 2 Comments

The Ambiguous Right Stuff

The Right Stuff was that 1979 book by Tom Wolfe – the one about the test pilots flying the postwar experimental rocket-powered, high-speed aircraft out at Edwards, a few hours’ drive out in the desert from here. That would be … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Policy, Iraq, McCain, McCain and the Press, McCain Traps Himself, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Free Pass, Obama, Obama's Foreign Trip, The McCain Brand, The Right Stuff | Leave a comment

Self-Definition as Destiny

Sometimes you wonder how anyone made it through the late seventies in America, with all the pop-culture self-actualization crap in the air. Part of that was the late-disco multi-layered and massively overproduced sound of the group Earth, Wind & Fire … Continue reading

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The Trap Closes

By Monday, July 21, is was clear that the McCain folks should have never taunted the Obama folks – saying Obama knew nothing about anything and he really ought to get his ass over to Afghanistan and Iraq and see … Continue reading

Posted in Attacks on Obama, Iraq, Maliki Shoots Down McCain, McCain, McCain Traps Himself, Obama, Obama's Foreign Trip, The McCain Brand | Leave a comment