May 6, 2012

Now we have photographs of the under-attended, supposed-to-be-huge Obama rally in Ohio.

The whole point was to get dramatic pictures of the awe-struck masses — the youth who adore the dear leader!

Beloved Dictator was never a good campaign theme, and — I love America! — it blessedly doesn't work. Not in the long run. It's tempting to laugh at Obama and his people for thinking they could make it work and for falling on their faces in Columbus, Ohio.

But I'm thinking: Good for us. In America, we don't idolize politicians.

A reading for Sunday morning: "... banish these thoughts from your Mind..."
A letter written to [George Washington] by Colonel Lewis Nicola... detailed the weakness of a republican form of government as they had experienced it, their desire for "mixed government", with him at its head, and their belief that "the title of king" would be objectionable to but few and of material advantage to the country. His reply was peremptory and indignant. In plain terms he stated his abhorrence of the proposal; he was at a loss to conceive what part of his conduct could have encouraged their address; they could not have found "a person to whom their schemes were more disagreeable"; and he charged them, "if you have any regard for yourself or posterity, or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind, and never communicate, as from yourself or any one else, a sentiment of the like nature."

28 comments:

Carl Vero said...

Obama appears to be just another disconnected Democrat disconnecting Democrats.
He promises free contraception, but not free sex; even his guards have to pay for it. He's discovered a 'trickle down' economy; food stamps create jobs. Big Oil is greasy, Big Government is groovy.
Obama should return to reenacting what and who transpired in the Situation Room during the bin Laden demise, and do his Bob Marley improvisation:
“Read it in the news:
(I shot the sheriff.) oh, lord!
(but I swear it was in self-defence.)
Where was the deputy? (oo-oo-oh)
I say: I shot the sheriff,
But I swear it was in selfdefence. (oo-oh) yeah!

Reflexes had got the better of me
And what is to be must be:
Every day the bucket a-go a well,
One day the bottom a-go drop out,
One day the bottom a-go drop out.”

virgil xenophon said...

As if we needed further evidence, such quotes providing obvious proof that Obama's genealogy is in no way connected with that of George Washington.

Chase said...

The anti-Christian, Anti-Mormon, Anti-American New York Times didn't tell us in it's article about Obama in Ohio that the arena was less than full.

Today that same Times has a front page article about Freshmen Republican Congressmen not getting done certain things in only 2 years, so why should they be reelected? Yet the mantra about the Boy in the White House is that he hasn't has enough time.

The New York Times is bad for America. Very, very bad for the social fabric and the lack of honest reporting and basic human decency in it's immoral stands.

Bob Ellison said...

In Philadelphia, a tour guide tells how he thinks the most important moment in US government took place not in Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were adopted, but in Congress Hall next door, where George Washington peacefully (even gratefully) surrendered executive power to his successor, John Adams. What a wonderful example he set!

pm317 said...

But I'm thinking: Good for us. In America, we don't idolize politicians.

Yes, good for America. But these wild pendulum swings are making me dizzy, though.

Calypso Facto said...

Think of the Founders' selfless service and loathing for the trappings of royalty, and contrast it with today's deification seeker. Then, instead of despairing, try to use that anger to steer us back to those initial principles, like a true patriot (h/t Pileus):
All that patriotism requires, and all that it can be,
is eagerness to maintain intact and incorrupt
the founding principles of the nation, and to preserve
undiminished the land and the people. If national conduct
forsakes these aims, it is one’s patriotic duty
to say so and to oppose. What else have we to live for?

edutcher said...

First in war, first in peace...

He really was a good man; we were so lucky we had so many then.

Ann Althouse said...

The whole point was to get dramatic pictures of the awe-struck masses — the youth who adore the dear leader!

They wanted something like this (scroll down a little to see the photo).

I love America! — it blessedly doesn't work.

You can fool all of the people some of the time...

It can be argued old Abe wasn't the man George was, but he sure knew people.

Phil 3:14 said...

Are we even now?

AllenS said...

Unless I'm missing something, there is only one photograph presented. In that photo the crowd looks to be about 100 people. Are there others?

madAsHell said...

We were lucky to have George!
All three of them.

Chase said...

Come on - admit it. The New York Times and it's incest children - msnbc, cbs, cnn, huffington post - have gone from blowing smoke up to fucking you in the ass for so long you're starting to like it, aren't you.

paminwi said...

Allen, yes there are many pictures out there! The question I have is that many articles says the facility "seats 18,000". But that is meant for the actual # of seats NOT including the chairs you set up on the floor of a facility, correct? So... was the turnout even worse for Obama than the adoring media is portraying it to be?

Also, I think the President may have had a talking to the by the little woman last night after he forgot her on the plane when they arrived in Ohio! Gotta see the video!

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/05/war-on-women-president-obama-forgets-michelle-obama-leaving-air-force-one-must-see-video/

ErnieG said...

This reminds me of the final tour in This is Spinal Tap, in which the band played to progressively dwindling crowds, and wound up in the free entertainment pavilion at an amusement park.

I'm looking forward to catching his act at Busch Gardens this Summer.

JohnJ said...

"In America, we don't idolize politicians."

Excuse me?

Skyler said...

Oh, Ann. Now you mock him as "dear leader," but when it was important to recognize him before he attained power you bought into his act.

You should abandon your hubris and understand that others are wiser than you. Your clever writing only masks your tendency to be awed by purposefulness and doublespeak that you mistake for benevolent idealism.

Being smart and a law professor doesn't shield you from being gullible.

Hagar said...

I have been around for a while,but I just cannot remember any other president acting like this one.

ricpic said...

It's true that people long for a father figure/chief executive. Well, most people. But a small percentage long for a vicious junkie bad seed/chief executive. And guess what? their longing has been satisfied. Ain't that great?

edutcher said...

paminwi said...

Allen, yes there are many pictures out there! The question I have is that many articles says the facility "seats 18,000". But that is meant for the actual # of seats NOT including the chairs you set up on the floor of a facility, correct? So... was the turnout even worse for Obama than the adoring media is portraying it to be?

Someone noted that, last time out, Zero played to 35,000 there. Bad omen.

Also, I think the President may have had a talking to the by the little woman last night after he forgot her on the plane when they arrived in Ohio! Gotta see the video!

Talk about a War on Women.

If he had an ideal wife, she would have looked like Diana Oughton.

mtrobertsattorney said...

This together with the under-reported Fenway Park poll does not bode well for our "dear leader."

leslyn said...

JohnJ said... "In America, we don't idolize politicians." Excuse me?

Althouse quoted George Washington, with emphasis:
"...banish these thoughts from your mind, and never communicate, as from yourself or any one else, a sentiment of the like nature."

GW against free speech. Who'da thunk it? He wouldn't have lasted long here.

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mariner said...

But public school teachers led their students in chanting, "Barack Hussein Obama mmm, mmm, mmm!"

AllenS said...

Where are these other pictures of this event, pam?

machine said...

"In America, we don't idolize politicians."

WTH? Ronnie Reagan has been idolized by the GOP for the last 30 years...to the point his record is sorely misrepresented...

Bruce Hayden said...

WTH? Ronnie Reagan has been idolized by the GOP for the last 30 years...to the point his record is sorely misrepresented...

Maybe true, but that is the case with a lot of idolized figures. Who talks these days about the adultery of either JFK or MLK? Or, indeed, the international failures of the former or that the latter apparently had a lot of sympathy for communism? Or, that JFK was an strong advocate of tax cuts to encourage economic growth?

What Reagan left us as a legacy, if nothing else, was a fairly clear vision of the evils of big government, communism, socialism, etc., and a lot of quotes and sound bites that seem even more appropriate today.

The Crack Emcee said...

But I'm thinking: Good for us. In America, we don't idolize politicians.

And I'm thinking, "That Ann - she'll overlook any about of evidence to say anything."

I mean, to be truthful and not sound delusional, the best you can say "we don't idolize politicians - this time," because we most certainly have a president (that you voted for) who attained power after bring introduced by a charlatan (Oprah) as "The One" and "The Messiah" - and making otherworldly claims to his ability to affect everything from race, policy, world events, and even natural phenomena such as the level of the oceans and the direction of the sun.

And this you called "rational" at the time, while claiming to have been right-on-top of the goings on and issues within the election process.

Should I now segue into how you lecture me as being ugly, and unhelpful to my cause, when I toot my own horn for making accurate predictions (because - even with you in my corner - no one else will) but now you've done two posts on how you accurately predicted the Obama campaign's wrong call on going huge?

Naw, I'll leave it alone.

Such behavior would be in bad taste,...

The Crack Emcee said...

Oh - and I must applaud you and Glenn on your hard-hitting treatment of Romney in this election cycle.

No Going Easy On The Candidates This Time for you guys!

They're just too "gorgeous"!

Paul said...

Next tine the Unions will buss in extra homeless and drunks to fill up the seats.

Can't have 'O' without his audience. Looks bad.