Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Monday, 17 November 2008

If nothing else, Obama has made it easier to be an American overseas.

Rocky and I were just in Spain.

From our hotel window on the 10th floor of the AC Barcelona on Diagonal Ave, we could see this:

(although, from that angle, it looked like a characature of Richard Prior...this is a much better perspective)

Here's the story:  http://www.wtop.com/?nid=105&sid=1509947

If you read it, you will see that originally, it was intended to question the out-sized expectations and exceitment that is Obamamania.

You will also see that the creator of the piece is an Obama "fan"...but a cautious one.  Remembering that he is just a man.

The right has tried to inflate him to some out-sized anti-Christ, saying somehow he will march down our streets and collect our guns and Bibles, and have his Kenyan relatives put a witch -curse on us.

Some in the left seem to have forgotten that most of his campaign promises came with a "we will" in front of them, not an "I will".

But for one week I enjoyed walking around in Spain getting friendly smiles and thumbs-ups from strangers saying "Obama!".  Having strangers tell me over beer that America has a history of doing things that no other country would do, and now once again, we have done something that no other country would do, and it is good.

It was described to me as a return to greatness, a rise in the moral mandate of America in the world...a leader (America) showing the way into a better future.  It could have been the beer, but this recent election was spoken of with admiration and happiness to me by British, Norwegian and Spanish people.  They couldn't stop telling me about how great America was (and is), though they were a little worried about us for a while there.

A waitress with no English at all tried to give me a newspaper with Obama on the cover, announcing his election.  Everywhere I went, people asked me how I voted.  Even though Obama was not my first choice way back at the beginning, I was happy to be able to say I voted for him...but when the hype dies down, I hope that people remember how he talked about how this was going to be difficult, and not everyone would be happy with every decision, and how we were going to have to do it together, and something would be asked of all of us, and it would be more than just "take a trip to Disney World" or "buy yourself a flat-screened TV for Christmas."

(BTW, does everyone remember when the conservative perscription to fix the economy was "go out and buy stuff"...and now suddenly it's the liberals' fault that people were buying too much damn stuff?  What is up with that?)

Update #1 courtesy of Alan:

Speaking of going forward and not going back, vote with your wallet!  You can go here to find out which businesses and business owners contributed money to pass "Proposition 8".  In this way, you can then decide if you want your money to go to a business that will take some of the profits and turn it into funding for a divided, unequal America.

Monday, 17 November 2008 05:54:50 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] |  |  | #
Monday, 17 November 2008 06:05:57 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Good to hear, Teresa. I'm relieved to hear that America is regaining some of its former welcome status in the world. Glad you enjoyed your trip!
GeekGoddess
Monday, 17 November 2008 06:09:09 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Hey GG! I'm planning to call you later and wish Sporty-girl a happy birthday!
Teresa
Monday, 17 November 2008 08:10:21 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Sound's like a good trip. Even though I didn't vote for him (or McCain), I'm pleased with the outcome. I must say he does have an aire of "positiveness" about him. I know I feel better having shown the GOP the door. Time will tell... Although I disagree with him BIG time on the Auto Industry bailout (and all the other bail outs).

Oh! Speaking of showing the GOP the door. Will someone please show Palin the door, and I don't mean God. Take a look at her quote from this article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/deadlineusa/2008/nov/11/sarah-palin

"I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked up a little bit, maybe I'll plough right on through that and maybe prematurely plough through it, but don't let me miss an open door."

I for one am - like - so glad that we didn't - you know - like - vote for her ... because she is - like - so ignorant of - you know - the english language.
Mark
Monday, 17 November 2008 22:09:09 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Welcome back!

"BTW, does everyone remember when the conservative perscription to fix the economy was "go out and buy stuff"...and now suddenly it's the liberals' fault that people were buying too much damn stuff? What is up with that?"

And they're already calling this "The Obama Recession" despite the fact that's it's been going on for over a year and was clearly on the way well before that.

Mark, I don't think the GOP is quite stupid enough to keep Palin around much longer - but I wish they would. I'd LOVE to see them pin their hopes on her so they can implode again in '10 and '12, but they'll probably pick someone just as evil but more slick, like Bobby Jindal.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 05:22:33 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Note to America: The Republicans think you are stupid and have short-term memory loss.

Heres the Media Matters coverage: http://mediamatters.org/items/200811120011

Yep indeed, Republican pundits are indeed trying to claim that a president who has not been in charge of the economy for the past several years while things have been steadily going to hell, who will NOT be in charge for several more weeks...who has ZERO power to change anything at the moment - drum roll please - is to blame for our current situation.

They literally seem to think that Obama is magic. That simply because the vote went his way he should be able to wiggle his ears and fix it.

God love em, how do they keep from drowning in rainstorms?
Teresa
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 08:10:32 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Welcome home!

I'm really hoping that most folks will understand that Obama is neither the anti-christ, nor the messiah!
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