The Cult of Obama - Page 5 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Free Your Mind > Free Your Mind Archive
Click Here to Login
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-07-2008, 07:53 PM   #61
Resident Photo Buff
Forum Moderator
 
Diemen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Somewhere in middle America
Posts: 13,236
Local Time: 11:25 PM
Goes to show you what a loving and accepting brand of Christianity the political Christian right has promoted...
__________________

__________________
Diemen is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 07:53 PM   #62
Forum Moderator
 
yolland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 7,471
Local Time: 06:25 AM
I do wish though that when he addresses those pathetic emails, he'd also make a point of remarking how insulting to the 2.4 million American Muslims it is to treat their faith as understandable cause for paranoia. I know he always tacks on a perfunctory "Now, I have the greatest respect for Muslims but..." preface before launching into how important Jesus Christ has been in his life etc., but to me at least, that's not distancing himself enough from what whoever writes that shit obviously means to imply is a reasonable attitude to take towards Muslims.
__________________

__________________
yolland [at] interference.com


μελετώ αποτυγχάνειν. -- Διογένης της Σινώπης
yolland is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 07:58 PM   #63
ONE
love, blood, life
 
melon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 11,781
Local Time: 12:25 AM
Well, I did express a concern about "The Cult of Obama" before here...

__________________
melon is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 07:59 PM   #64
ONE
love, blood, life
 
U2isthebest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Vision over visibility....
Posts: 12,332
Local Time: 01:25 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by yolland
I do wish though that when he addresses those pathetic emails, he'd also make a point of remarking how insulting to the 2.4 million American Muslims it is to treat their faith as understandable cause for paranoia. I know he always tacks on a perfunctory "Now, I have the greatest respect for Muslims but..." preface before launching into how important Jesus Christ has been in his life etc., but to me at least, that's not distancing himself enough from what whoever writes that shit obviously means to imply is a reasonable attitude to take towards Muslims.
I'm torn with that. I think people need to know how irrational and bigoted holding those unwarranted feelings about the Muslim faith are, but I don't think Obama should have to defend himself against such ignorance. Those kinds of false beliefs need to be discussed in the proper setting, but focusing on them too much attention is almost giving them a respect they don't deserve.

ETA: Whoever our next president is, he or she needs to encourage (by example) serious, honest, and extensive discussions on racial, religious, and gender equality. We've made a lot of progress in that area, but we have a long way to go.
__________________
U2isthebest is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 08:19 PM   #65
Blue Crack Addict
 
onebloodonelife's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 15,106
Local Time: 12:25 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by U2isthebest

There was a Muslim congressman from Minnesota that asked to be sworn in with the Qur'an which is perfectly legal according to the Constitution and should be in a country with freedom of religion.
Keith Ellison. He's from my district, so I have to give him his recognition. I believe he is the first Muslim to be elected to the House or Senate.
__________________
onebloodonelife is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 09:37 PM   #66
Forum Moderator
 
yolland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 7,471
Local Time: 06:25 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by U2isthebest
I'm torn with that. I think people need to know how irrational and bigoted holding those unwarranted feelings about the Muslim faith are, but I don't think Obama should have to defend himself against such ignorance. Those kinds of false beliefs need to be discussed in the proper setting, but focusing on them too much attention is almost giving them a respect they don't deserve.
Eh, well I wasn't talking an extended discourse on religious discrimination or anything, just another sentence tossed in calling out the ugliness of the underlying implication--at least if you're going to bother responding publically to begin with, which he is. I don't see it as being particularly different from trying to smear a white candidate by suggesting He fathered an illegitimate black child!!! in terms of odiousness, and I'd want any candidate smeared in that way to call out the bigotry underlying it too.
__________________
yolland [at] interference.com


μελετώ αποτυγχάνειν. -- Διογένης της Σινώπης
yolland is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 09:40 PM   #67
ONE
love, blood, life
 
U2isthebest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Vision over visibility....
Posts: 12,332
Local Time: 01:25 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by yolland

Eh, well I wasn't talking an extended discourse on religious discrimination or anything, just another sentence tossed in calling out the ugliness of the underlying implication--at least if you're going to bother responding publically to begin with, which he is. I don't see it as being particularly different from trying to smear a white candidate by suggesting He fathered an illegitimate black child!!! in terms of odiousness, and I'd want any candidate smeared in that way to call out the bigotry underlying it too.
Ah, ok. In that case I would definitely agree.
__________________
U2isthebest is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 11:27 PM   #68
ONE
love, blood, life
 
A_Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: The Wild West
Posts: 12,518
Local Time: 03:25 PM
I have a problem with the Christian Left.
__________________
A_Wanderer is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 11:30 PM   #69
ONE
love, blood, life
 
U2isthebest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Vision over visibility....
Posts: 12,332
Local Time: 01:25 AM
Technically speaking, I suppose we all have a "problem" at some level with the political beliefs we disagree with.
__________________
U2isthebest is offline  
Old 02-07-2008, 11:43 PM   #70
ONE
love, blood, life
 
A_Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: The Wild West
Posts: 12,518
Local Time: 03:25 PM
I can handle leftists, but couching it in religious justification while successful feels deceptive, at least they generally have their hearts in the right place, the Christian Right is generally about large government for social control and dominance, far more totalitarian.
__________________
A_Wanderer is offline  
Old 02-08-2008, 06:06 AM   #71
Rock n' Roll Doggie
 
BonosSaint's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 3,566
Local Time: 01:25 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by U2isthebest


There was a Muslim congressman from Minnesota that asked to be sworn in with the Qur'an which is perfectly legal according to the Constitution and should be in a country with freedom of religion. People piss me off sometimes.
He used Thomas Jefferson's Koran according to several news stories.
__________________
BonosSaint is offline  
Old 02-08-2008, 08:16 AM   #72
Blue Crack Addict
 
MrsSpringsteen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 24,979
Local Time: 12:25 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by anitram

There is a difference between the faith of somebody like Obama or Clinton or even John McCain or my grandmother, and that of political Christians who attempt to legislate their beliefs. I am not bothered in the slightest by intensely religious people, so long as they don't start infusing that into our statutes.
I agree with that completely, and I don't see why he should have do deny that aspect of himself so as to not offend anyone. He is not attempting to legislate it or to tell anyone else what to believe. Is he using it politically? Well that would be for him to answer, I would not assume an answer.
__________________
MrsSpringsteen is offline  
Old 02-08-2008, 01:55 PM   #73
Blue Crack Addict
 
MrsSpringsteen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 24,979
Local Time: 12:25 AM
abcnews.com

Passing the Torch: Kennedy's Touch on Obama's Words
Ted Sorensen, Legendary Speechwriter, Lends Support, Eloquence to Democratic Contender
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES

Feb. 8, 2008—

It's no accident the Kennedy magic has infused itself into the campaign of Barack Obama.

Theodore "Ted" Sorensen, the adviser whom John F. Kennedy once called his "intellectual blood bank," is lending his unabashed support -- and eloquence -- to the Obama campaign.

The Kennedy Connection

Oprah, another gushing Obama supporter, may have star power, but Sorensen has brain power.

At the age of 24, he joined the staff of the newly elected Sen. John F. Kennedy and later helped him win the presidency, calling on Americans to pass the torch to a new generation.

The legendary speechwriter helped Kennedy craft the now-famous 1961 Inaugural address in which the new president proclaimed, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis -- when Sorensen was 34 -- he penned the letter to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev that historians say saved the world from nuclear destruction.

Today, at 79 years old and blind, Sorensen has a new mission: to resurrect Camelot. And it seems the Obama campaign is listening.

"I've given them a phrase or suggestion or two," Sorensen admits.

As for all the comparisons that have been drawn between Obama and Kennedy, "I probably started it," he told ABCNEWS.com

Torch Passed to Obama's Speechwriters

Sorensen has not only given his support and advice to the Obama camp, he's grown close to the senator's young speechwriters as well.

The candidate's deputy writer -- Adam Frankel -- assisted Sorensen with his memoirs, which Harper Collins will publish in time for his 80th birthday in May.

"We've become close friends," Sorensen said of Frankel, 26, one of Obama's wordsmiths.

"He knows me and my style and JFK's style and his speeches. It's surprising the little touches that creep in to whatever he writes for Obama."

Even Obama's Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has acknowledged Obama's rhetorical skills.

"You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose," Clinton said in a bit of a backhanded compliment delivered before Super Tuesday.

Youth vs. Experience

Sorensen said he was impressed with Obama when he met the senator in 2006. But all he heard was Obama was too young and inexperienced.

"That's what they said about Kennedy," he said. "Everyone said Kennedy had no chance because he was baptized a Roman Catholic. They say it about Obama because he's black."

Clinton captured the endorsements of several of Robert F. Kennedy's kin, including Kennedy's son Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer, and daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland.

But Obama is largely ahead in the Kennedy endorsement race, earning a seal of approval from Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's widow, and Caroline Kennedy.

"Kennedy, like Obama, was one of those extraordinary individuals who was completely authentic, at home with himself and in his skin," said Sorensen. "He knew who he was, unlike so many in politics who are putting on an act all the time."

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Seemingly frail, Sorensen suffered a stroke seven years ago that took his sight, but he still remains active and agreed to talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis -- a topic he re-examines in his new book -- to students at the Peddie School in New Jersey this week.

Sorensen confides he's never heard of IM or Facebook, and as he shuffled to the podium on a student's arm, it seemed unlikely he would connect with the teenagers, whose parents were being born as Kennedy arrived at the White House.

But that impression soon dissipated.

"I don't see much, but I have more vision than the president of the United States," Sorensen joked to loud applause.

He had plenty more to say about President Bush, including his "lack of judgment" and diplomacy in handling the threats after 9/11.

Speech writers wield untold power among voters, and Sorensen is considered one of the modern day best.

George Washington got help from Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Franklin Roosevelt often turned to playwright Robert Sherwood, and Dwight Eisenhower used journalist Emmet Hughes.

But Sorensen was more than a speechwriter, and his closeness and access to Kennedy was "unique" in U.S. history, say presidential scholars.

Graduating first in his class at University of Nebraska Law School, Sorensen -- at the advice of his college adviser -- took one year off his age to get a job as a legal aide in Kennedy's Senate office.

"The rest is history," he said.

He helped Kennedy draft the Pulitzer-Prize winning "Profiles in Courage," though he consistently denied charges that he had been its author.

After Kennedy's assassination, he wrote Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union, before publishing "Kennedy," the 1965 biography.

He stayed active in politics, campaigning for Robert F. Kennedy, then later joining the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he still works today.

"I think the television era has been hard on eloquence," said Sorensen. "Most politicians think that talking like JFK sounds old-fashioned today. And we have a president who doesn't round out the "ings" at the end of his words."

Like Kennedy, Sorensen retains a keen wit.

Bill Clinton was a great communicator, he said, but the one sentence best remembered is, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

"His mind is as sharp as ever," said Russell Riley, presidential scholar at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. "I think it's an understatement to call him a mere speechwriter."

Indeed, Sorensen helped guide foreign policy.

He was part of the inner circle of advisers who for six days agonized over how to respond to the threat when U2 planes spotted Soviet missiles 90 miles off the Florida coast in Cuba.

Kennedy even entrusted Sorensen to deliver a "back door" message to Khrushchev, meeting a KGB courier on a Washington, D.C., street corner and exchanging a newspaper that contained an important message for the president.

But it is Sorensen's role as a writer -- reflected in the Kennedy speeches -- that still resonates.

"It's such a change from the current president who has only of late indicated that he has an interest in books," said Riley. "[Bush's] 2000 campaign practically made a virtue out of the fact he was uninterested in the written word."

As for Obama, "It's not just the words," said Riley, "but the person saying the words, with his youthful vigor and enthusiasm and his ability to impart that to the crowds."

Still, Riley struggles to understand how Obama has catapulted himself to the national stage.

In 2004, when Obama gave the convention speech, Riley was overseas and missed what he called the candidate's "coming out party."

"It's been difficult for me to grasp how he managed to do what he has done," said Riley. "But the power of his rhetoric has largely captured people's attentions -- that's not an uncommon occurrence in politics, going back to the Greeks."

At nearly 80, Sorensen managed to work his charismatic magic with a new generation. At a dinner before his speech, he fielded questions from students, such as 16-year-old Jackie Wang.

"I wasn't prepared to meet such an extraordinary man," said Wang. "Mr. Sorensen never had the opportunity to thank or part ways with former President Kennedy. The emotions I imagined he experienced when hearing about his death moved me to tears."
__________________
MrsSpringsteen is offline  
Old 02-10-2008, 06:17 AM   #74
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Band-aid
 
maycocksean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: The Most Important State in the Union
Posts: 4,882
Local Time: 12:25 AM
I've said it before. I'll say it again.

"worshiping" Obama is shallow. (I often wish some of his more fervent supporters would tone it down a bit). But. . .

skepticism about Obama's ability to lead the country because he has overly fervent supporters and because he happens to have a talent for speechmaking is also, equally shallow.

But in a way the second shallowness is worse than the first because it's a cheap and easy way to sound as if we're thinking deeply about issues of substance when we're not, when really the skepticism is based on nothing more than "geez, people sure do get worked up about this fellow. I don't trust that."

I say, let's get to the issues. I'll be happy to start the discussion. See the next thread.

Oh, and one more thing. Who is this Obama Girl I keep hearing about?
__________________
maycocksean is offline  
Old 02-11-2008, 10:26 PM   #75
Resident Photo Buff
Forum Moderator
 
Diemen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Somewhere in middle America
Posts: 13,236
Local Time: 11:25 PM
Speaking of worshipping, my brother, who is voting tomorrow in Virginia's primary, sent me this link to a speech Obama gave on the topic of religion in politics. It's a very compelling speech, full of the kind of insight and nuance that is often so lacking in political speeches. It is long (40 minutes), but I think it's well worth a listen to anyone interested in Obama and his positions:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/...ctid=416343938
__________________

__________________
Diemen is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com