By Debbie Menon
Impressive! Absolutely impressive!
I found the entire production to be impressive. Spectacularly impressive!
A rekindling of the hope and the dreams born out of the Obama campaign, which have withered and wilted somewhat in the hiatus of transitional appointments.
But, even as I watched, from the hours long pre-inaugural production of the arts in the "We Are One" spectacular at the Lincoln Memorial (HBO) to the final departure of "Executive One" as the petty little leader escaped without a US Marshall at each side, I marveled and wondered....
Where did Showmanship end and Statesmanship begin?
Was this Real Life, live? Or was it all a Hollywood sequel, "Forrest Gump Goes to Washington?"
And, whatever it was, Show time or Gotime, just what role is Barack Obama playing? President? Producer? Director? Starring Lead role? Or simply a bit actor, with lines to read, as was Ronald Reagan.?
I heard some of the greatest writing and speaking that has ever come out of the Hollywood writing stables... the kind of words we usually see in movies about little kids from a small town in Iowa or Kansas who have, against all odds, hung in there with nothing to go on but hope, and won the League Championships in the Big City!
And, having listened to what was said, I still do not know who Barack Obama is, what he said, what he stands for or whom he is working for, Us or Them? His country? Some other country? America? Americans? Who? And what?
Everything he has said was said in such a manner that anyone, everyone who listened, could hear and interpret what he wanted to hear.
I was not surprised at all to see Wolf Blitzer interject at one point, right after Obama had uttered some cautionary warnings to "anyone" who thinks they can "intimidate and coerce the world by threats of terrorism," with the commentary that he was addressing, of course, Islamists.
I was pleasantly surprised, though, when Obama immediately followed that warning with another message. This time addressed to "the Muslims of the world"
"...To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."."
So much for Wolf Blitzer and his dark but heavy-handed attempts to play the rabbi and interpret the scripture. His speech was full of such fine subtleties.
Listen to his speech again. Listen, if you can, as an American who has not had a job in eighteen months, and has received the fourth foreclosure letter on the house; a parent in a two-working parent family, just getting by, with two children just coming of military age, and your investment broker has just informed you that their educating fund has turned belly up, and there is not enough value left to pay the registration fees at the local State U; listen as a proud black woman with three sons in a US Prison; listen, if you can, as a Red-Neck True-Blue American who just knows we should go out there and kick some of that Arab-Islamic rag-headed, desert-rat Terr'rists all over the desert; listen as a Jewish/American who "knows" that what is good for Israel is good for the US; It was certainly not the IsraelAid programs he was talking about when he spoke of canceling useless programs; And don't ask for whom that faint bell in St Johns was tolling, and the history it resonated when it pealed its small notes last night as Obama and his family prayed in an Episcopal Church, alongside an Orthodox Jew. We all know. And he told us; listen as an Israeli politician who knows what is happening, but has hitched his star inevitably to the Zionist wagon and is beginning to fear that this may be sink or swim-time coming up rapidly!
You will find here the Universal Promise; One Size Fits All, (Looks good on No one, But Fits All!)
And then, if you can, tell me who is Barack Hussein Obama, I am still wondering.
And, I can hardly wait to see, because now is the time he has to start walking. We shall see whose talk he walks.
Whether his words were scripted, his own, or Wolf Blitzer's.
AIPAC has 390+ members of the House and about 90 senators at its beck and call; that is the definition of power and influence in Babylon-on-the-Potomac.
So, is Obama still a slave? Or has he been actually promoted to Master?
About the author: Debbie Menon is an independent writer based in Dubai. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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