Sunday, August 17, 2008

As Paul Harvey would say, here's THE REST OF THE STORY

Curiously, this is something the American New Media seem to have left out.

Q. How do you attract 200,000 Germans to an American presidential candidate's campaign
rally in Berlin ?

A. With the charisma and reputation of the candidate?
B. With a compelling political message?
C. With lots of advance advertising?
D. With the top two rock bands in Germany giving a free concert with the American candidate coming out for a short speech between the bands?

"D" of course.
What the American media, following and fawning over Obama, failed to mention about his Berlin speech was why the crowds were really there. Did most (or any) of them come to see Obama or hear his take on American politics?
Since that "additional performance" was not publicized, it is likely the fans came only to see a free concert with the German equivalents of Willy Nelson and Madonna headlining. Obama was an unplanned interruption; giving a political speech in a foreign language between the acts - which may be why the crowd only gave lame applause a couple of times.
Obama didn't care about the crowd either. His speech was really for the American media and the crowd was a backdrop for the photo ops. And the American media bit on it hook line and sinker and conveniently forgot to mention the rock bands that really drew the crowds.

On another note. Have you actally seen the facts on Obama, the Senator?
- He had been been a Senator less than 18 months. But, with all the recesses, four day weekends, campaigning and absences, Obama only spent about 6 weeks of workdays on the Senate floor as one of the most junior Senators.
- Most of his votes - about 80%, when he was not absent - have been "present" or "abstain".
- He chairs a committee that has never met because the chairman (Obama) has never called a meeting.
- As a trial lawyer he only tried 14 cases in court - and minor ones at that.
- As a "community organizer" his major cause was getting the asbestos out of a housing project. After 2 years of trying the asbestos was still there when he left and is still there even now that he is a Senator and presumably has some pull to get things done.

That's it!
Barack Obama's
entire real world work resume is:

6 weeks work in the Senate,
with nothing to show for it,
2 years as a lawyer,
with only 14 minor trials, and,
2 years as a "community organizer",
with nothing accomplished.

Pretty impressive credentials for a Presidential Candidate!!!