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Illinois Obama and the Temple of Gloom
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 28, 2008

Props to James Pethokoukis for the title. But I ask you, given these advance excerpts from Obama's speech tonight - have you ever heard this before?
“Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story – of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America, their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

“It is that promise that has always set this country apart – that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams as well.

“It is why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women – students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors — found the courage to keep it alive.

“We meet at one of those defining moments – a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.

“Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can’t afford to pay and tuition that is beyond your reach

“These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed presidency of George W. Bush.

“America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.”


“This moment – this election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight. On November 4th, we must stand up and say: “Eight is enough.”

“Now let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and respect. And next week, we’ll also hear about those occasions when he’s broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need.

“But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush was right more than ninety percent of the time? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.”

“You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country.

“We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put away a little extra money at the end of each month so that you can someday watch your child receive her diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was President – when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of down $2,000 like it has under George Bush.

“We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after a sick kid without losing her job – an economy that honors the dignity of work.

“The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great – a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight.”


“That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.
“Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

“Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship our jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

“I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

“I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

“And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

“Washington has been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years, and John McCain has been there for twenty-six of them. In that time, he’s said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office.

“Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Not even close.

“As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy – wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and five million new jobs that pay well and can’t ever be outsourced.”


“We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans — Democrats and Republicans – have built, and we are to restore that legacy.

“As Commander-in-Chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm’s way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.

“I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing so that America is once more the last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.”
By the way, in case you missed it, GDP growth for the 2nd quarter was 3.3%. You know, just in case the Temple of Gloom gets to you tonight.

And just so you can sleep well tonight, Pethokoukis relays the following:
By the way, a new forecast from a respected group of University of Michigan economists predicts the economy will grow 2.6 percent in the first half of 2009, 3.3 percent in the second half, and 3.6 percent in 2010. But that doesn't fit into the gloomy meme here in Denver.
Indeed it doesn't - what is it there, the worst economy in 50 years? A 100? I keep forgetting.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

If that’s the big speech tonight, Obama is done.
Written By: huxley
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Typical liberal boilerplate.

Change my a—
Written By: shark
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By the way, a very quick scan shows they mention Bush more than McCain.

If that’s all they got, get ready for Pres. McCain. Most people realize that Bush isn’t running again
Written By: shark
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So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe.
Man, I wish we were in the same room, because I’d say that TO YOUR FACE.
Written By: shark
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We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe.
... Yes, indeed, the party of Kennedy, who brought us into Vietnam, and the party of Lyndon Johnson, who escalated it... The party of Wilson, so don’t tell me we won’t go to war to spread democracy... the party of Andrew Jackson... the... err... wow, are we sure we want to associate ourselves with all that war?

Okay, we’re the party of Clinton. No! The party of Jimmy Carter. Wait.

To hell with it. We’re the party of me.


How far back are these guys going to have to reach? 45 years for Kennedy, 63 years for Roosevelt (hmmm... why not Truman?). They keep on talking about the torch being passed from Kennedy to Bill Clinton to Obama, like Johnson and Carter never happened — they weren’t glamorous, after all.
Written By: Bryan Pick
I was standing on line in the grocery store tonight, and the guy behind me said something to his wife about Obama that got me thinking:

Obama takes credit for his time in Chicago as "a community organizer," during which he allegedly aided and assisted laid off steel workers and others who had lost their jobs.

Now, if this was true to the extent that Obama pushes it, how come not one of those "laid off workers" is highlighted anywhere when Obama is campaigning? After all, if I helped people change their lives, or even in a moment where they needed some assistance, and I was running for President, wouldn’t I have 1, or 2, or 3, or more of these people standing by me? "Hi, I am Sam Smith. I was a laid off worker in 1990, and Barack Obama came to my neighborhood and helped me stand on my own two feet when I was down."

Were are any of these people? The fact that none of them have campaigned with Obama, or done commercials with him, or even showed up in his 11 minute baloney bio video for tonight’s speech tells me that here is just one more part of Obama’s long-winded biography that is 2/3rds horsecrap and 1/3rd lie.
Written By: James Marsden
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Were are any of these people?
This might give some hints why:
Mr. Obama’s Neighborhood
Written By: jpm100
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Obama has this won. No way can McCain compete. This was historic and powerful. Watch and learn (especially those of you who thought Hillary would steamroll Obama). *chuckle* "Happy days are here again..."
Written By: Scott Erb
Erb — I admit I didn’t give a reason because Obama’s speech seemed like so much boilerplate. But you are claiming it was "historic and powerful". How so ... assuming you have reasons?

No, I’m not linking to your site.
Written By: huxley
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I couldn’t bring myself to watch the speech. I generally abhor pep rallies which is what the Conventions have become.

But the whole stage thing just amazes me. Its like saying that the General Use facility that was adequate to host rest of the Convention’s speakers of apparently lesser significance, like a former President and his VP, wasn’t good enough. Or, it had be made too mundane by those other speakers. That a new "virginal" forum with the singular to purpose contain the radiance of Obama and his messages was necessary.

He may or may not have pulled it off, but that’s rockstar level hubris any way you slice it.

Written By: jpm100
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Huxley, I’ll reply to you though I am not yet ready to rejoin the discussions here. But you asked a question.

It’s historic for all the reasons every media source says its historic: a huge crowd, effective, and representing the first black Presidential candidate. I was watching this with my wife who said, "how can McCain even hope to match this?" He can’t. He’s outclassed and outgunned, and Obama has an army of supporters registering voters and making sure that demographics usually under represented come out in large number, something that I think will ultimately be the big story of this election. The mood of the country is much like it was in 1980, and Obama is this year’s Reagan. Reagan was criticized as inexperienced, a movie star who could only read lines, whose speeches were vague and vacuous, only promising hope and change, but without substance — an actor who did little as Governor. But he captured the mood, and turned out to be an instoppable force. That’s what Obama has done.

I note that on this website many commentators were adamant that Hillary could not be stopped, that she would be on the ticket ( Now it seems people want to grasp at non-stories (Ayres, Wright) in the vague hope that somehow this will cause a change in the dynamic. That’s impossible. Obama will have the money, the GOTV, the discipline, and a very competent campaign strategy. This probably will be the most profoundly important election since 1980 (BTW, that was my first Presidential election, and I voted for Reagan that year). Again, I’m going to basically stay in lurking status throughout the election season (except for an occasional link, which a few people have thanked me for), but I recommend trying to step away from partisan narratives and look at the broad picture — the candidates, the mood of the country, the public, and the times.
Written By: Scott Erb
Huxley, I’ll reply to you though I’m too busy partying like it’s 2009, when full-blown soc!alism will come to this country. But you asked a question. It’s beyond my limited intellect but I’ll try to respond anyway.

It’s historic because the mainstream media says it’s historic: a huge crowd like the "Rally of Unity and Strength" in Nuremberg in 1934, effective on idiots, and showcasing the first affirmative action candidate who’s been anointed as a messiah. I was watching this with my wife who couldn’t stop drooling, because, well, we can’t figure out why Obama is considered so handsome, but he’s certainly better looking than me. McCain can’t compete. He’s outclassed and outgunned because he isn’t pandering to believers in class warfare and wealth redistribution. And, Obama has an army of supporters: he’s counting on 110% of black voters to support him because they share the same skin tone, and ACORN is trying to register every illegal alien, which I think will ultimately be the big story of this election. The mood of the country is much like it was in 1932, and Obama is this year’s FDR. FDR was criticized for flip-flopping on the gold standard and state’s rights, and for his "pragmatism" of experimenting with new things. But FDR captured the mood, and turned out to be an unstoppable force for expanding federal tyranny. Remember, the economy was already bad, but FDR’s New Deal made it worse and kept it that way for 16 years. That’s what Obama will do.

I note on this website a selected few commentators to make me look like someone smart, people who were adamant that Hillary could not be stopped, that she would be on the ticket ( I conveniently ignore people who saw that Hillary has too much baggage, and who know nobody would give Obama a life insurance policy while Hillary is his VP. Now it seems Obamans want to turn serious accusations into non-stories (Ayres, Wright) in the hope that somehow this will cause a change in the dynamic. That’s impossible. Obama will have the money from liberal billionaires (who hypocritically skirt the campaign finance laws they pushed for), the GOTV fueled by race-baiting, the discipline he’ll eventually make you have (or else it’ll be off to re-education kamp for you), and a very competent campaign strategy of promising to give Paul and Mary what government robs from Peter. This probably will be the most profoundly important election since 1980 (BTW, that was my first Presidential election, and I voted for Reagan that year in the single smart decision of my life) because Obama is the second coming of Jimmy Carter. Again, I’m going to basically stay in lurking status throughout the election season (except for an occasional link, which only a few people are stupid enough to thank me for), because I get shot down every time I show up here. But I recommend trying to step away from partisan narratives and look at the broad picture — the coming of soc!alism.
Written By: Ott Scerb II
URL: http://impendingsoc!

Is there anyone here who doesn’t recognize...
I am not yet ready to rejoin the discussions here.
... for the dodge it is?
Written By: Bithead
Hey! How dare you not take a liberal’s word at face value!
Written By: Ott Scerb II
URL: http://impendingsoc!
"I am not yet ready to rejoin the discussions here"

Truly weird.
Written By: timactual
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By the way, I did not write the second post attributed to me. Oft Scrib wrote that because he wanted something to respond to. Since he made it look completely like I wrote it, he is utterly devoid of honesty. Pity the fool. He also seems desparate, he wants so bad to write about me that he makes it up and tries to pass it off as something I wrote. The guy needs to see a shrink soon.
Written By: Scott Erb
I offer Oft Scrib my sincere apologies. Not reading the blog much, and being consumed by my own research, I mistakenly and unforgivably accused Mr. Scrib of dishonesty. I did write that second post, I was wrong to attack him, and promise him a medium rare Ribeye steak and beer should he ever stop by. Sorry for the error. I deserve any scorn or insults on this particular issue that anyone care to heap on.
Written By: Scott Erb

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