Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Twelve Obamas

In an Article in the New York Times on June 20, 2008, David Brooks presented an Op-Ed Column entitled "the Two Obama's." In a thinly veiled sarcastic case, Mr. Brooks described the " Dr. Barack, the high-minded, Niebuhr-quoting speechifier who spent this past winter thrilling the Scarlett Johansson set and feeling the fierce urgency of now and the " Fast Eddie Obama, the promise-breaking, tough-minded Chicago pol who’d throw you under the truck for votes.. This pretty much sums up Mr. Brooks's opinion of Senator Obama, although he goes on to cite specifics to support his argument.

In thinking about this dichotomous presentation of Senator Obama it occurred to me that why stop at just "Two Obama's." Why not take this further and present all the possible Obama's in a revelatory act to fully elucidate the public as to the true nature of Senator Obama. Below I have presented the "The Twelve Obama's," which I think paints a more detailed picture of Senator Obama and what he stands, or pretends to stand, for. (Please note that my tongue now goes into my cheek).

The Obama that presents the politics of hope and the idea that we can change things for the better.
The cynical Obama that uses the politics of hope and change merely as a means to get elected President of the United States.

The Obama that converted to Christianity and is courting the evangelical vote.
The Obama that is still secretly a Muslim and waiting to subjugate Christian America.

The Obama that has collected hundreds of millions of dollars from small campaign donors.
The Obama that has secretly been bankrolled by big-money lobbyists and big-time backers.

The Obama with a brilliant mind that uses language to lift the spirits of his listeners.
The Obama with a brilliant mind that uses language to use people.

The Obama that knows he is going to have to take on most of Washington to get anything accomplished.
The Obama that's going to rejoice when he is elected president and forget everything he said during the campaign.

Many more couplets are possible, but I wanted to make a point not a long list. However, if any of the readers of this post have any ideas please feel free to include them in their comments. Also be sure to send a copy of them to David Brooks at the New York Times.

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