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January 20th, 2009


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02:00 pm - B*********d Obamies (cookies if you can guess the first word)
I don't understand this hype about America's newest idol; Mr. Obama.  I even had a prof urging us to tune in to his speech tonight, and our university's apparently holding some screening of the inauguration ceremony or something.  I open hotmail, it's got Obama's face on it, livejournal's prompt is related to Obama, I open any page that has any remote report on news and Obama's face stares back at me like I'm suppose to jump for joy and kiss my monitor. 

Guys, he hasn't even DONE anything yet.  He's made a few good speeches, wow.  That's amazing, and if the work qualifications for a president was the photocopy of the work requirements for a speech writer then I'd say go for it, hype away, but it's not.  Empty words can be said by most people (I'd say everyone, but Bush Jr. proved that assumption wrong), but a GOOD politician that deserves worshipping needs to deliver RESULTS and thus far I haven`t SEEN anything solid from Obama yet.  Is the USA (and a lot of the world) THAT desperate for hope that they`ll grasp for blind faith these days?  Actually, that's one of the biggest issues I have with this whole elections thing, it's based on empty words and speeches, not concrete actions so whether those that get elected are any good at DOING things remains a mystery until AFTER they're elected, in which case, you're stuck with them either way.

I can't wait until January 2010 and look back and see how Mr. Obama lived up to the expectations.  Has he lived up to them?  Have the expectations been lowered?  (Watch for it, I can almost guarantee that now the election's over Washington`s going to start lowering expectations now so it doesn`t seem like he`s failed to keep his promises).  Has he delivered on the expectations?  How much?  How effectively?  At what cost?  To be honest even a year's a bit short to make solid judgements but heck the US president's term's only 4 years so what can you do.

 I finally figured out the key to controlling the masses.  Desperation leads to blind faith, keep the masses desperate and they'll believe without proof.  Good stuff.

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From:cavechan
Date:January 20th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
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I think everyone's mostly excited about c-c-c-c-combo breaker! lmao XDDD He did give a good speech though.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:January 20th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
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I guess I should add that a) given the choice of candidates Americans went with the better one (in my opinion) and b) certain expectations of the guy are going to have to be lowered/go unmet because it's not something he can change being just one person, it's things that are wrong with the entire system. Of course during elections time no one can point that out though.

*Sigh* It's just getting a bit annoying, like I'll meet some random Obama supporter and I'll ask why and all they can give me is "he's not Bush!" or "he stands for CHANGE!" and I'm like "......ok...well that's a sure-fire way to save the world isn't it?" -_____-
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From:cavechan
Date:January 20th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I get what you mean unfortunately, though your pessimism to my country still bothers me. It reminds me of how people were like, "Sarah Palin's cool because she's a woman!" that I saw on the News when they interviewed random people on the street. >_> Yeah, but what has she done for Alaska? What can she do for America? Don't just say 'change', give some solutions.

I really don't think he's going to be all that spectacular in regards to change, but we'll see what happens I guess. Expectations are high after the past 8 years of disappointment. But hey even McCain would've been better than that~.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:January 20th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
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The whole "Sarah Palin's cool because she's a woman!" argument was even worse than the current worshipping of Obama. Women can be b*tches too, and being a women doesn't automatically qualify one as a good politician, I can't believe there were actually people that supported just for her gender x___X She's quite funny to watch in interviews though, I mean I guess Obama at least has that qualification over Palin.
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From:skye_fall
Date:January 20th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Maybe they are empty words. But if that's the case, he's a damn good actor, because he got an entire nation (and the world, really) believing him. He was the one politician who I watched and didn't feel like he was fake. And yes, having good speeches is something amazing, when we've had to put of with Bush's attempts for so long. =P

so it doesn`t seem like he`s failed to keep his promises
So, you're dismissing him, simply because he hasn't had a chance to do anything yet? You can't "guarantee" anything at this point, and just because you may not like the hype around him, doesn't mean that everything he spoke for during elections is going to end up being false.

Also, he is the first new president in 8 years, you think everyone is just going to be quiet about that? Of course they're going to be excited, and of course there's going to be a lot of publicity.

Desperation leads to blind faith, keep the masses desperate and they'll believe without proof.
That was discovered a long time ago... =P
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From:koneko_desu
Date:January 20th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
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I think the world thinks he'll be different than Bush. That doesn't mean the entire world is buying the whole hype that he's just, and good and will be the solution to all problems. As a matter of fact, what's good for the USA might not be so good for certain other countries. If he starts going protectionism in this economic recession to help American workers that might be good for them, but for trade partners of the USA that might not be a good thing (NOTE: I'm just using this as an example, I'm not saying Obama IS going to go the protectionist route). Besides, believing him on what exactly? That he's going to bring change, ok...well that can mean a whole slew of things. Change can be good or bad, it can also be good for some while bad for others. As for watching him in his speeches and the impression he gives that's completely a matter of subjectivity. I listened and watched him too and he didn't really sound much different to me than any other well-spoken politician which there's plenty of (Bush Jr. excluded).

No, I'm not dismissing him, but I'm saying that blind worshipping of the guy WHEN he hasn't done anything yet proves puzzling to me. If you worship him AFTER he's done something amazing or made good on some of his promises then great, there's backing and justification for that worship, but right now there ISN'T. Hence why I said I can't wait until 2010 to look back because THEN we'll actually have SOMETHING to measure him upon.

As for guarantee, you'll notice I said I can ALMOST guarantee, which is something that I claim with the backing of looking back on past presidential elections. During the campaigning the candidates create all the hype with their grand promises, then after being elected Washington immediately changes tunes and starts lowering expectations. I'm not making the claim with no backing. Immediately following Obama's election I saw in several interviews were pro-Obama political analysts already started in about how there's things he can't change since it's problems with the entire system, I didn't hear any of those admissions DURING Obama's campaign.

Right now we don't know whether what he spoke of in his elections will prove to be false OR true, which is PRECISELY why I'm so exasperated at all the hype. I can't prove it'll be false, but you can't prove it'll be true either. I'm only saying we should wait until we CAN say either or (or maybe he tried and it didn't work, or whatever) BEFORE hyping.

I don't expect EVERYONE to be quiet about it, but it's coming out like he's the best thing since sliced bread. Bush was the first president in 8 years after Clinton and I don't recall all this hype.

Edited at 2009-01-20 08:28 pm (UTC)
From:dave_baker
Date:January 20th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
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After decades (it didn't start with Bush) of poor management, a Congress that is incompetent, and a political style that is poisonous, disenfranchising and petty, there's someone who looks like he will be different. Come on, it's the closest America has had to a good President for a long time, don't take this away from them.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:January 20th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Lol, ok, ok. I'll let up on the Americans, and I'll even lighten up on the Kenyans since Obama's half Kenyan so they have their reasons, but what about the rest of the Obama-wagon-jumpers then? Excitement I can understand, I mean he's new, it's exciting, he's promising change (however broad that is), he's the first black president, yes all very exciting, but it's going a bit overboard. People are acting as if by simply electing the guy America's problems have already all been solved and it's going to be smooth sailing from now.

Actually I kind of feel bad for the guy, so much pressure and such grand expectations.
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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:January 20th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
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its cause he's the first black president isn't it. not cause he's done anything great but because he is the first black president?
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From:koneko_desu
Date:January 20th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
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For the USA anyway, lol. Well I can understand that contributing to some excitement (although I don't know if skin colour means you'll automatically be a better politician or anything) but I feel like he's some Hollywood celebrity these days. Heck even more than just a Hollywood celeb. As I said in my reply above I don't mind excitement but the blind faith it's turning into holds certain dangers. For the Americans sake I hope he lives up to their expectations so that by the end of his term this blind faith will be proven justified.
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From:fredgeorgelover
Date:January 21st, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
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i definitly don't think the color of his skin definitly means he'll be a good president. we'll have to wait to see what goes before thats decided. but i see what you mean, there is a lot of hype about him right now. when he does something great that none before him has done then okay... but until then i think they're just excited that he's the first black president.
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From:mikage
Date:January 20th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure Bush is tied with Nixon for the title of "Worst American President Ever", so really, there isn't much Obama would have to do to be a "better" president. XD

As for all the hype? I just ignore it. I ignored the elections for the most part (so didn't vote), but what little coverage I did see pushed my favor toward Obama (McCain just looked like a skeezy old man who would die in office and then we'd get stuck with that fucking idiot Palin.) . . . Yeah I judge people on how high they rate on my creepy/stupid radar :P I didn't say it was a good way, but I do tend to be a good judge of character >.>
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From:koneko_desu
Date:January 21st, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
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McCain just looked like a skeezy old man who would die in office and then we'd get stuck with that fucking idiot Palin.

Lol, honestly I do admire that guy for even running for office at that age. I mean if it were me by that age I'd want to just lounge around in retirement.

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