Who's sorry now, eh?

April 28, 2008 by barbara

barbara writes

Can someone please get me in touch with the Obama people, stat? No, really, I mean it. I have a sure-fire, two-part campaign strategy for Barack.

(1) Barack Obama must pre-emptively denounce everyone, every thing and every place immediately. His wife and his children. His extended family. His friends, colleagues, neighbors. Former friends, former colleagues, former neighbors. Dead people. His teachers, taxi drivers, wait staff, barbers. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens, Grays, Plaids. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Moonies, agnostics, heathens and Wiccans. People of color. People of no color whatsoever (meaning no offense to albino humans, squirrels, goats, and cows). Iraq, Iran, Iceland and the Iberian Peninsula. Mall of America, the Mojave Desert and the Mitchell Corn Palace. Also all alliteration.

Then, in the fullness of time, Obama can un-denounce on a carefully considered, selective basis. He can hold a daily press briefing, announcing the names of those persons, places and things that he no longer, uh, denounces.

Read the rest of my sure-fire plan.

(2) Barack Obama must begin each day with a pre-emptive, blanket apology for whatever he, his surrogates or supporters may say, do, think, believe, care about, ignore, hope, buy, barter, charge, consume, excrete, admire or dislike, including Brussels sprouts. He will differentiate himself by being a man of pro-active regret. America deserves no less.

I have generated this worthy plan after reading headlines and accompanying articles about the need for apologies. My friends, I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but it is an epidemic. Consider the following links to in-depth journalism:

These are the paramount issues of the day, my friends. And if for any reason you do not share my passion for alleviating the bloviating about prevaricating, please accept my deepest apology.

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Poet (not verified) | April 28, 2008 - 9:00pm

After watching Jeremiah Wright being interviewed for an hour by Bill Moyers, then seeing his address to the Detroit Convention of the NAACP (12,000 at Cobo Arena no less!) and then his address to a National Press Club Breakfast meeting, I predict the following:

The Swiftboat division of the Republican smear machine has finally met its match. These buffoons have finally picked on someone who is more than their match and capable of energizing and rallying people to his cause.

Not since George Bush taunted the insurgents in Iraq daring them to "bring it on" or comended MIchael Brown and Michael Chertoff during the Katrina response for doing such a good job has there been a more monumentally stupid strategy that will backfire in the faces of the accusers.

You can see the interview at the Moyers blog and both the National Press Club and Detroit NAACP address are at CSPAN.org.


anon 1 (not verified) | April 29, 2008 - 8:53am

This disaster in the making does not need any help from any group that you might refer to.

This entire debacle is being presented to the American voting public compliments of a very confused Democratic Party, and trust me, it is just beginning. If you are impressed by the good reverend, you are in a real minority and Mr Obama will soon be hemmoraging a large amount of the voter support. Due to a large amount of forethought years ago, you do have the "super" delegates to correct this little dilemma.

Shouldn't be a problem. Problem fixed !!


leftover vodka (not verified) | April 29, 2008 - 2:13pm

god forbid an African American should have the gall to actually speak of the fact that African Americans have been treated as chattel and then as second class citizens for most of the history of the home of the brave and the land of the free....

If the majority finds this uppity Reverend despicable, then it only proves how hard and fast and alive the spirit of racism is in America.

a guy who spent 6 years in the Marines and the Navy and who uses his right under the Constitution to speak and suddenly stand up guys like Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are the real patriots...?

we have a foreign policy stuck somewhere in 18th century Britain, an economy in free fall, people losing homes and jobs, gasoline going to $4 per gallon , and food prices going thru the roof worldwide, while the Congress doles out more welfare for farmers who are recognizing record profits....

And this is an issue?


anon 1 (not verified) | April 29, 2008 - 4:01pm

God forbid ? Gall ? Where have you been? It has turned into an industry and a business for some in black "leadership". That is hardly even debatable anymore.

A color blind society? Yes by all means. It is what most would hope for. A true color blind society. But of course, if we need to use race and exploit it, and there appears to be a benefit to doing so, as is happening in the Democratic Party, we will - but remember; it is being used by both whites AND blacks.

Military? Not everyone who has been in the military has gone on to maintain reputable standards. Some very far from it. Do I have to name names?

As much as you would like it not to be, the "Good Reverend" and Barack Obama is an issue.

If it takes a man 20 years to finally realize what, and who , another person really is, then I wiil seriously question that person's qualifications and judgement in a position of leadership.

That questioning is taking place now, and the portentous answers will be soon follow.


Anonymous (not verified) | April 29, 2008 - 4:39pm


The only portents are the obvious proxy use of racism by the Clinton and McCain campaigns.

Maybe some day the judgement of St. John McCain in his relationships with well heeled constituents and lobbyists will be handled with as much "outrage" as this entire affair.

Or perhaps we can hear which plan for Iraq he espouses in May 2008 compared to his various ideas from 2003 till now?

Or maybe St. John could explain the differences between Shiites and Sunnis in an intelligible sentence.


Anon 1 (not verified) | April 29, 2008 - 5:23pm

Portentious? No. You need to leave the "i" out.

When attempting to correct ones spelling, make sure you are corect in your attempted correction. To not do so could make you look silly. You would not want that, would you?


paul miller (not verified) | April 29, 2008 - 5:34pm

maybe John Hagee and Jerimiah Wright could have a debate


susan | April 30, 2008 - 12:13am

Anon 1 wrote:
Portentious? No. You need to leave the "i" out.

He's right. Score one point for the Anonymous one, even though, as usual, he's pretentious, which is close to portentious, were it a word.

When attempting to correct ones spelling, make sure you are corect in your attempted correction. To not do so could make you look silly. You would not want that, would you?

Well, I'd say the same holds for grammar, when pretentiously correcting "ones spelling," it's good to get one's posessive correct as well.

As for looking silly, I'm pretty okay with it. It's why Barb and I both write under our real names, knowing that we'll occasionally make mistakes and look or sound silly, by intention or not. When you reach a certain age you just don't much care about that anymore. And honestly Anon, looking silly in your eyes? It's kind of flattering.

But what's really silly is this exchange -- those of you tossing insults at me and Barb, as well as the media tossing them at Barack Obama for his connections to Rev. Wright, who himself managed to look pretty silly once he left the rational realm of Bill Moyers. And all the while, people are losing their jobs and their houses, and we're a nation traumatized by the immorality of our death trip into Iraq.

There are three people running for the presidency at this point, and, thanks to the massive failures of this venal administration, the "winner" will face enormous challenges. We know the litany -- the slumping economy, lack of healthcare, global warming, crumbling infrastructure, under-funded education, the world-wide rise of anti-Americanism and terrorism -- and getting us out of the cursed Iraq war. (Tell me again, now that we've primed their oil pump, why aren't they at the very least paying their own way?)

What's silly is spending one more moment on Jeremiah Wright, or any candidate's religious choices or religious mistakes. (And, smite me, but I find most everything having to do with religion a mistake, unless it's a quiet religion held close to the chest, and not trotted out for anyone's approval or gain.)

But if that's the sewer you choose to cavort in, I can go there too.

Should the Catholics who stayed in the church after learning that their hierarchy had put more money and effort into protecting their pedophile priests than protecting their children, be seen as approving of what was done? Or did they simply stay with their familiar, but flawed, faith?

Did the failure of evangelicals to resign from the mega-churches of Falwell and Robertson after they publicly blamed 9/11 on gays and liberals, indicate their agreement with what was said? Well, let's not go there, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume that most saw it as overblown rhetoric.

Did the followers of Rev. Ted Haggard, who stuck by him after he dallied in the meth and gay sex scene, signal that they were okay with that life style? Or did they believe his mission was more important than his messing around?

The Jeremiah Wright story is a very sad one for Barack Obama, on a personal level. And nothing more.

If people like Anon find this such a thrilling moment -- the guilt-by-association attack on an inspiring icon of the American dream -- we're in a bigger, meaner mess than I imagined.


anon 1 (not verified) | April 30, 2008 - 6:47am

Now you are into correcting also? I had hoped you were above that...see above. Did not start it. Sorry, I was hatched a couple decades too early for the good phonics lessons

Certain age? I will have you know young lady, that I reached that era quite some time ago.

Yes, the Jeremiah Wright saga is sad story, much more than just a personal story though. You already know that..

We should let this story go now and get on to the one up there in Minnesota.....the one about the comedian and taxes. That one has legs too.

Have a "VARY" good day !!


barbara says (not verified) | April 30, 2008 - 8:47am

My goodness. Seems I brought the slithery ones out of the cesspool.

Parts of this comment thread are a classic showcase for what's gone creepy and tilt in this country. It's neocon politics in microcosm.

Remember my last year's post about (Isle of) Skye Guy, who, during a heated conversation about environmental responsibility, brayed that he simply doesn't give a damn about anyone else? That he's unwilling to give an inch for the common good. That (quoting him), "It's all about me, me, me!" He was nearly orgasmic as he delivered his scathing monologue, watching everyone's faces to see how much disgust he could generate. He was quite good at it. So?

Long ago and not so far away, I lived in a family of Republicans. Most of the elders have died. Even the most strident among them would weep with shame about the current state of their political party. In their day, it was a party with some integrity. Make no mistake, there are still decent Republicans who have principles. But none of them are trolls.


Anon 1 (not verified) | April 30, 2008 - 9:31am

Naw...nothing creepy intended. Actually, I was hoping you would appreciate the help in bringing some life to this blog. 10-11-12..maybe 13 posts. A record?

Usually it is Susan writing, shortly thereafter answered by Barbara.

Then it is Barbara penning a few lines, to be answered by Susan.

Occasionly both will be answered by Louie the Lefty or Knowit the Poet, probably relatives. or maybe creative writing school alumni or even whine club members.

I do what I can, when I can.

"Thank you" not necessary

I will slither away now.

Have a "vary" good day !!


Peggy (not verified) | April 30, 2008 - 12:47pm

Mr. "slither's away" idea of a "vary" good day probably consists of clubbing a baby seal and watching Karl Rove on Fox news.


Anon 1 (not verified) | April 30, 2008 - 7:49pm

No...not into baby seal clubbing...don't really have anyting against it, but if I can't eat it I don't kill it. Whe I kill it, I have found firearms of various sizes and types to be much more efficient.

I suspect that you wish you had a "Karl Rove" in the Democratic party. You have Howard. If you had a "Karll" I suspect that you would be much happier in November than you will be.


barbara says (not verified) | May 1, 2008 - 8:42am

Okay, busted. You're right about CLB comments, Anon 1. We do a lousy job of promoting this site. It was never our intention to be "competitive" in blog-world. It's just a place to, ummm, hang out. Actually, your snark is kinda interesting. I've been advised that others are enjoying it, so have at it! It keeps us fair and balanced.


Anon 1 (not verified) | May 1, 2008 - 9:01am


Good Luck and Best Wishes to you and your husband.


barbara says (not verified) | May 1, 2008 - 8:29pm

Thank you.


susan | May 3, 2008 - 12:15pm

Susan adds, thank you.
Susan also adds that she's been sick, and instead of tending to her post-surgery husband, it's been the other way around. Poor guy. We both shuffle and clutch our bellies, but are both on the mend.
And wishing the same for Barb and Dave.


Nate Peele (not verified) | April 29, 2008 - 6:38pm

Hey thanks for the shoutout to my blog. (http://thatsrightnate.wordpress.com/) I must admit that what you suggest here seems awfully calculating. I am still awaiting Obama's apology for his role in the erroneous news article I posted about him. I do not think a blanket apology would do it I'm afraid. While I do not approve of your lifestyle, I find it quite admirable that your partner and you have remained together for so long.