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Monday, February 09, 2009

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

I heard on the radio today that Obama is the "Jackie Robinson of Politics."

I think Jackie would be horrified (okay, probably not, but I am).

Robinson became the first black baseball major league because he was a fantastic ball player.

Obama became the first black president because he's black. (Although I had a marvelously confusing moment with an Hispanic acquaintance when he said "Obama is not a frickin' American!" It took me awhile to figure out he was saying, with his PR accent, "Obama is not African American." But I digress).

I have no doubt that Martin Luther King would be thrilled we have a black president, but this election was as racist as they come. Obama won because:

A) He's black (or, as Jimmy says, part black).

B) He ran against McCain, whom Gary Coleman could beat for the same reason Obama did (see reason A).

To his credit, we are one step closer to a true non-racist election (and it might be in four years when Obama will have to run on his record...)

(Have I already posted this comment or am I having Deja Vu?)

7 comments:

Mac said...

Honestly, that had to be the worst election possible...except that i don't know if i'd rather have obama than clinton, or the other guy that ran against busch last year...Jog my memory again, who was he?

Rob said...

Kerry. We have an appauling lack of visionary leadership in this country.

4girlz said...

Yeah... Dad, why don't you run next year?

Mac said...

That would at least have a visionary leadership in this country...

4girlz said...

I said 'next year'. Some people might be wondering why I said that. Here it is: I doubt Obama will be in office even THAT long...

Dad, post about ZOOT!

Mac said...

Don't you mean 2 or 4 or something?

Rob said...

I can't (I don't remember who has my blog address IF you know what I mean.)