Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Barack Obama Ad: A Stronger Economy

Leave aside the policy issues in this ad (ie., the important stuff), and just focus for a bit on the more superficial. After all, that's what Republicans are doing with Sarah Palin. It's what they did with George W. Bush. For whatever reason, they like these people, and their personal foibles, cluttered pasts, and lack of gravitas don't matter a whit. The want to have a beer with W. (ironically an alcoholic), and to skin a moose or watch a hockey match with Palin.

So, let's take a look at what's on the surface here. We have a plain-spoken, articulate man, speaking directly to us. In identifiable English. It's even in complete, properly structured sentences. Bush and Palin are incapable of that, though each in their own ways. Obama seems calm, smart, upright, decent. . . Would it be so bad to vote for a person with these reasons at least #2 or #3 in your mind when you cast that vote?

I for one am tired of being embarrassed when our President visits a foreign country. I'm tired of the crazy dances, the inappropriate smirks, the groping of foreign leaders. I'm tired of the Bushisms. Most of all, I'm tired of having a President that speaks in colloquial Tex-English no matter where he is, or what he's saying: Nuttin. Iddn't. Wuddn't. Sick of it!

McCain may not have that problem, though he does wander off into Grandpa Simpson "onion belt" stories. And there's that creepy laugh of his, along with smirking. And Palin? Her heavily accented, flinty voice saying phrases like, "I’ll try to find ya some and I’ll bring 'em to ya." Oh ya, oofta, oofta! It would be like hearing St. Olaf stories for four or eight years!

So, please America. Vote for the guy who will at least sound nice, look presentable, know when to put his serious face on, and know when it is appropriate to have a little more levity. Please?

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