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Sorry to bother you Mr. Obama, Sir . . . November 11, 2008

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I’ve just about finished my “congratulations” letter to our new Comrade-In-Chief…but in the meantime here’s some other questions to ponder…

Columbo

Excuse me Mr. Obama, I mean Senator Obama, sir. Um . . know you are busy and important and stuff. I mean running for president is very important and . . . ah . . . I hate to bother you. I will only take a minute ok, sir?

See, I have these missing pieces that are holding me up, and I was wondering sir, if you could take time out of your busy schedule and help me out. You know, no big deal, just some loose ends and things.

I can’t seem to get some information I need to wrap this up. These things seem to either be ‘locked’ or ‘not available’. I’m sure it’s just some oversight or glitch or something, so if you could you tell me where these things are . . I . . I . . . have them written down here somewhere . . . oh wait. Sorry about the smears. It was raining out. I’ll just read it to you.

Could you help me please find these things, sir?

1. Occidental College records — Not released
2. Columbia College records — Not released
3. Columbia Thesis paper — not available, locked down by faculty
4. Harvard College records — Not released, locked down by faculty
5. Selective Service Registration — Not released
6. Medical records — Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule — ‘not available’
8. Law practice client list — Not released
9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate – – Not released
10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth — Not released
11. Harvard Law Review articles published — None
12. University of Chicago scholarly articles — None
13. Your Record of baptism– Not released or ‘not available’
14. Your Illinois State Senate records–‘not available’

…You couldn’t get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience.

…You couldn’t become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon.

…You couldn’t get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience.

…You couldn’t join the military and become a colonel after 143 days of experience.

…You couldn’t get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience.

BUT….

From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That’s how many days the Senate was actually in session and working.Β  After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World …. 143 days.

We all have to start somewhere. The senate is a good start, but after 143 days, that’s all it is – aΒ  start.

AND, strangely, a large sector of the American public is okay with this and campaigning for him. We wouldn’t accept this in our own line of work, yet some are okay with this for the President of the United States of America???Β  Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol!

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1. Camille - November 11, 2008

Little brother…tsk tsk tsk…;-)

I think the majority of Americans (and a slim majority, I will concur), based much of their choice to the change that this country desperately needs right now. Eight years of Bush & Co., while good for a while, is stale and sour. The party lines that associate McCain to the current administration may have been the deciding factor for many people.

Do I agree that many may not have done their homework with regard to the decision they arrived at? Sure, there are those who voted for reasons that we may never understand. But the thing is, they VOTED. They took the time to schedule themselves an opportunity to have their voices be heard-and the record number of voices aren’t just of minority status. The population elevated its privilege of voting by leaps and bounds this election year. That says alot for the bar being raised, and I can only hope that the years to follow bring the same healthy numbers to the polls.

But back to Obama-and I know you are less than a fan… He’s got the movement to make something happen here. Something that McCain didn’t have, especially with the selection of Sarah Palin to the ticket. I think the original shock value they were opting for backfired, plain and simple. I mean, come on, she would have been in the “hot* seat with the first predictable health related issue that McCain may have had–and the lack of experience argument goes both ways to that end…Palin having actually far less in governmental exposure.

I know you’re not pleased, and that is your right. But try to understand that no matter who won this election, the next few years will be a burden for anyone to get us out from under. Nothing will go exactly as planned, and no one can predict good from bad until we actually live through it. I’d stand behind McCain if he had won, and all I ask is that those who didn’t support Obama give the respect of the Office of the President of the United States where it justly belongs today.

Don’t know if you’ll delete this comment or not…but here goes!

2. Mongo - November 11, 2008

Of course I wouldn’t delete or censor the commentary! I am not Biden or Obama threatening different media outlets who had the audacity to ask tough questions or not report all happy, pro-Dem news! πŸ™‚

In all seriousness, go back and read my original posting…and even the prior ones. Do you not find most of that rather disturbing as it relates to the guy who is going to be our next president? This is what bothers me most about the voting public – they managed to elect someone with virtually no experience and that they don’t even really know. He’s a fresh face, a charismatic individual and a great speaker (with a teleprompter), but that only gets you so far. His extreme views and policies are as bad or worse than Socialism. I truly believe that a very large percentage of people voting for him didn’t really know or frighteningly didn’t care about what he’s all about.

McCain gathered about 58 million votes, which would be the second most of any losing candidate, and with those numbers would have been the largest popular vote getter in ever other election other than this year and in 2004. I know, so what, he lost. My point is that’s a LOT of people who aren’t enthralled with the president elect. Remember too that it’s the Democrats who have been the real haters for the past eight years. Do you think we’re all just going to suddenly throw down our differences, hold hands and sing Kumbayah?

Listen, we can go on and on about our differences but it doesn’t change the outcome. I do not disagree with supporting the president – since as Americans we should – but it is also important that sufficient checks and balances are in place. My true hope is Obama can govern from a more centralist position, which most experts believe will be necessary, and perhaps that will help bring more of the country together. However, Obama is going to have a very tough time being the all-powerful uniting force he fancies himself to be, and being the leader that will truly fix all the problems he’s promised would be handled. The excuses have amazingly already begun but as time goes on they will become more frequent and no doubt all blamed on the former administration (this is pretty common yet is still a huge copout). I envision there will be quite a bit of buyers remorse from many voters who will find out that he’s not all they were hoping him to be, but to borrow a line from a group you may be familiar with, “you can’t always get what you want.” Guess we’ll all find out what we’re really getting soon enough. Methinks it will be rather painful…

On a completely unrelated note, please feel free to always comment on my postings. It makes me feel good to know that at least one person is reading ’em! πŸ™‚

3. Russ - November 13, 2008

Listen Bryan … your futile attempts attacking Obama are really humorous. Are you stupid? Complaining about Obama’s failure to produce records after 8 years of Bush / Cheney and their record of producing documents is comical. Most of what you are asking for are personal records …… most of what Bush won’t produce was paid for on tax payer dollars. Don’t start with executive privilege and national security. All a bunch or crap.

Just wait until Obama is sworn in and the Bush canaries will start singing. I’m sure that you will dismiss these reports as disgruntle ex-employees.

Most Americans are not as stupid as you and are able to realize that the best thing for this country is to move to a point the furthest away from what we currently have. McCain had my vote 4 years ago but since that time he lost any maverick bone in his aged body. He moved so far right and sold everything he stood for in order to gain the favor of the Limbaughs, Hannities and Coulters of the world.

Keep it up ….. I enjoy the humor.

4. Mongo - November 14, 2008

Ah Russ…it warms my heart to know that you take time out of your busy life to make an effort to check in on me, and as a bonus also manage to provide such insightful alcohol-fueled rants while poorly attempting to insult ones intelligence. Uh, yeah, I must be stupid because YOU said so! LOL! πŸ™‚ Regardless, the problem in your reply is that you have completely missed and/or ignored the actual point of the original posting (which by the way was not a truly “original” from me but a debate tactic you usually employ…cut-and-paste). The public doesn’t know much at all about Obama as so much info on him – lots being some pretty common stuff – has been kept under wraps, while other issues on his work and history – things the voting public and the world should know – managed at times to be casually dismissed. Why so vague? What does he have to hide? This is a guy who’s going to be our next president yet would have problems passing through a standard security clearance!

You don’t find the remarkable lack of experience to be frightening? And what major accomplishments – or any decent ones for that matter – does Obama have to his name during the very short tenure that qualifies him for the presidency? This is what was so frustrating from the campaign and outcome. I truly believe that more people voted against the Republican party than for whom they believed would be the more experienced & better choice for the nation. It still amazes me that 67% of voters between the ages of 18-29, regardless of race or gender, voted for Obama…and apparently a high percentage were first time voters. Though I’d fully agree this is truly a victory for the American democratic process, I’m disappointed at the general guidance. I feel that a disproportionate amount in this age bracket were too easily enamored with the hip, younger black guy who speaks so eloquently off of his teleprompters while promising an amazing amount of radical “change” that they actually believe he’ll be able to deliver. I hate to use the “Kool Aid” reference but it seems to provide some explanation for what has been borderline ridiculous. Fortunately over 58 million people didn’t buy into it, which of course creates that problem of unity that Obama seeks but will fail at during his tenure. Admittedly that is not good for the country, but then again neither is Socialism.

Thanks for stopping by, reading and replying – hey, even with the childish insults it’s still good to have difference of opinion to debate. I look forward to your additional comments as I enjoy the humor & a good laugh too!

5. Camille - November 19, 2008

Ahh, so I return…

One hole in the balloon, your referencing the 58 million who didn’t vote Democratic, that I’m compelled to address.

Those who choose to support the GOP and specifically McCain must have heard the concession speech he gave–hell, I didn’t vote for him, and I listened.

McCain made a very important request of his followers on Election Night. He told them the only way that this country would move ahead is with unity and backing of the winner of the election. I believe John wasn’t providing lipservice with that speech. He knows exactly the challenges that face us ALL, and he knows the need for us to come together for the better of this entire country.

No doubt, in four years, a GOP candidate will come along and attempt to knock Obama off the throne. But that IS four years from now, and until then, we need a united front. U N I T E D.

Many stood behind Bush-who voted for Gore back in 2000, it’s time to see the office of the President of the United States as the respected entity it is.

On a different note: who is Russ? I LIKE his thought process. πŸ˜‰

6. Mongo - November 27, 2008

Admitting you like the thought process of Russ is a bit frightening, but to each their own. If you enjoy grade school level, tunnel-visioned arguments peppered with personal insults, more power to you! πŸ™‚

It would be very safe to say that the VAST majority of people who are asking for a “united front” to support Obama have not stood behind Bush. It’s no secret that the Dems have been the true haters for the past, oh, eight years. But, let’s just forget all that for now …McCain is right, the country needs to come together to help get us through the current and future crises. It would truly be wonderful if our entire nation could all band together in support of the common good. Then again, so would a permanent cure for cancer, an end to world hunger, peace in the Middle East and a Cubs World Series victory. I’m not sure what Utopian society you think we live in, but I’d be willing to try the drugs you have to get me there…just make sure you give me a four year supply.

Obama made an unbelievable amount of believers out of basically no substance whatsoever while managing to sweep some very controversial issues under the rug. I can speak for millions by saying we’re still absolutely amazed how his campaign was able to pull it off. For the sake of the country we all better hope it’s not all smoke & mirrors and that he proves to be a good leader. Honestly, I really hope he does, and I guess we’ll be finding out soon enough. However, as of this moment he’s proven nothing other than he’s been able to dupe the majority of people.

7. Camille - November 29, 2008

How can you throw a Cubs World Series Victory into the same basket as Middle East Peace, ending World Hunger, or even a permanent cure for cancer? πŸ˜› The victory you so long for on the diamond is probably less likely than the other three offerings, in our lifetimes! πŸ™‚

This blog is your plate-I’m just chewing on a few words here & there. But come on, Bryan, the man hasn’t even spent five minutes in office–why not give him a few minutes to mess up (as so many think he will) before you throw him to the dogs? πŸ˜‰

Utopia got me through a pretty rough time in my life, personally. It’s not too far from reality if one tries, and keeps trying. πŸ™‚


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