The Obama Emotion - Hope or Hype?

I don’t believe that at the end of the day, Obama goes home or to his hotel and closes the door and secretly puts on a turban. Nor, do I believe that just because Hillary has been in politics for so long, doesn’t care about this nation.

I believe that Obama has a great capacity to call attention to those who either did not pay much to politics of their nation previously, or are just now able to vote and learning more about politics. This is very well done. “Hope and Change” has become the market “Branding” of his campaign. Even the Media has gotten caught up in it.

I also believe that Hillary should be given credit for her time as a First Lady. I do remember her (aging myself) and paid close attention to that time an era. After all, not only did she worry the media and other politicians, about her active participation in the White House, being First Lady usually means you have to know something about that foreign policy when you traveling to foreign countries, whatever those travels mean. Experience means that you have to be in a position to observe or act within a certain area. Diminishing what a First Lady does in any capacity is not well done for this reason. Those who really knew what Hillary did, and now pick her apart …do have their own political or business agenda to consider.

Hillary and Obama both represent pretty much the same on issues. There are differences, and if we paid close attention to them, we would know that. However, you should know that those issues and resolutions to those issues can and will change. So, if you are planning for something solid to happen right away, don’t. At anytime for any reason, something will not be able to be done a certain way because of many reasons. Just like running a company, or raising a family, but in a much bigger arena. There is a real mess to clean up, and it will take time.

Obama is a newly wrapped package that many want. He is able to target his market and to me, it does not matter whether you are black, a white male, or that you drink Latte’s.
He evokes the emotion into his campaign, which is much like Nike commercials do.
I can’t think of one person I know that doesn’t need or want hope. It crosses all borders.

But, like all new and neatly wrapped packages, we want to see what’s inside. We often get caught up in the excitement of a new pretty package. We want to know that the item inside is what we really want or need, or if it’s just a pretty package with a good advertisement promotion. We are often inundated with advertisements for products that are supposed to be something better or something we haven’t got yet, and advertising that evokes emotions that we can identify personally usually sells more products, and that is how we end up with $160 pair of tennis shoes, when the $60 pair would have been just fine.

I liked listening to Obama when he would speak. It did engage me. What happened to me on the speech about Race? I sat and listened, and at first I thought it was really moving, then a familiar and unfortunate nagging came over me that I was being sold and distracted. I flinched. This is not about: “think about what you are angry about, perhaps you are not facing your own racism”. No, actually. I have done that all my life and really have taken action with that.

My own experience allowed me to see a campaign tactic. It angered me because this “new guy”, was selling his campaign on Race. I found it disrespectful to try to pull himself out of a jam by using something that is so important as that particular topic. Not just to the people of color, but by those who have come before him actually taking action to pave the way to make it possible to have a woman or a person of color to run for presidential bid. Those action takers were often bashed, micro-scrutinized and attacked while doing so, and paid a heavy price.

It was that same kind feeling that you have when you watch a CEO of the company you work gives a positive speech about “change”, the kind of change as it so happens, right before the company lays people off. You don’t have to be educated, or be a certain color to know that feeling of “forbidding” that pulls on your innards. In fact, drinking a Latte after that kind of feeling is the only thing you can do at the moment, if you can stomach anything at all. The only people, who do not recognize this type of feeling, are those who have not experienced it yet.

So, I ask the question “Who Is Obama” for a very good reason. I feel like someone was trying to sell me a used car without allowing me to take it to a mechanic to check under the hood. I won’t, because my experience tells me I should not and no matter how much the salesman tells me how hot I look in it, sense tells me it’s another sales tactic, and I make a judgment based from that experience.

All candidates embellish. It is not surprising to me, since I have been around for a while and have experience to observe this, I can really say that. But, if person doesn’t have much weight to begin with, then embellishing what they do have for substance, it is not much is it?

You should vote and support for whom you believe is the best person to run this nation. You should not take for granted who that is no matter how emotional you are about them. You should never buy a car based on how it looks without looking under the hood, and you should always ask questions, even when those mock you because of it. If you don’t do this, then you allow yourself to be “played”.

Experience sounds old and boring, especially to the youth of our nation. But, after you go out and get hooked and find you should have had the mechanic look at your car before buying it because it is now not running, you realize why experience is important. Boring and unexciting maybe, but in the end it’s good.

I encourage you to do your own research on the candidate you are interested and base you decision on real facts. Allow the candidates to do their campaigning without “booing” them and hackling other supporters. Use your head first, then your heart.


I Did

Use your head first, then your heart.

I did and it turns out...listening to your heart and listening to your head aren't mutually exclusive. I'm supporting (in all ways that I possibly can) and voting for Barack Obama in the NC primary.

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

I'm a former Edwards supporter

and I spent months and months watching Obama and Clinton and listening to Obama and Clinton ... trying to see and hear through the words and figure out who I would support.

I was leaning Obama in the last few months due to my previously apolitical son's recent interest in politics and public service ... wholly due to Obama's story and message of belief, involvment, responsibility and service.

Late last week I finally had the time to watch the youTube of Obama's speech on Race in America. That was it. That was what I'd been waiting for; clarity, strength, honesty, balance and toughness in the face of disagreement and controversy. I made my decision. I'm supporting Obama.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

A used car salesman at heart?

You are selling something, and it doesn't smell very good to me. All the polite prose in the world can't hide that fact to me. as you say ...

My own experience allowed me to see a campaign tactic.

Yup, that sums it up nicely.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?


The Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton merry-go-round has exposed us to a cynical brand of politics awash in triangulation, wedges, and missing the forest for the trees.

Obama's judgment and experience drew me to his campaign, and his incredible oratory inspired me to take a look at my own cynicism. I'm ready to move past Rovian politics, the DLC, and Bush/Clinton slash-and-burn politics, and it's only Barack Obama who has a chance to take us there.

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Commence the Love-Fest

Can I just say, "I love you, guys (and gals)"?

Not so much because of what you've said, but because of what you haven't said and how you've said it. Given all of the other problems in the world, I don't want to call these drive-by posts the bane of my existence, but they do annoy the everliving crap out of me.

On the other handful of blogs and news sites that I frequent, a post like the original post would have immediately inspired dozens, if not hundreds, of highly charged responses. Most of those responses would have been attacks on either candidate, calculated zingers, and talking points.

I'm always happy that BlueNC generally gets reasonable responses from advocates on both sides.

Thanks, Dan

I'm really proud that our level of discourse seems to have improved in recent months, and I confess to being born-again about being as nice as possible.

But you're right about the drive-by posts being annoying as hell, especially when they have virtually nothing to do with North Carolina politics. It's not clear to me what a poster hopes to accomplish by slinging mud like this.

I appreciate you taking time to spread some love.



Damn it, James. I had a really righteous rant at this guy just about written. But I will let it go, again.

This time.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

What I appreciate is that this

new community member didn't just drive-by once and leave, but tried again to explain him or herself to us and has kept it polite. While the message is fairly clear that he/she doesn't support Obama's candidacy what I don't hear are talking points. The writer, in being polite, also doesn't send the message that anyone who does support Obama is an idiot.....or worse. It makes it so much easier to respond in a reasonable way.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


I'm not entirely sure that I entirely agree with that.

This post and a number of posts across the blogosphere do state, most times rather explicitly, that my decision to back Obama is a purely emotional one and that if I really thought about it and stopped being so naïve, I'd back Clinton. So, no, it's not insulting in the way that other anti-Obama, drive-by posts have been, but it's still bothersome.

I'd respond in full, but honestly, I'm just tired of going there and, based on what I've seen of the regular participants here, so's everyone else.

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

I guess I was speaking more to tone

than each point made. I can see where that point would be bothersome.

I've often heard that to win the vote you have to appeal to a person's emotions. I think it's true, but I don't think it is a bad thing when it is an honest appeal. I guess what the writer doesn't seem to understand is that if you're going to find the folks who follow heart and head in this decision, you will find them on a political site like this.

After the time you've been here, I can't imagine there's a regular BlueNCer who thinks you've made an uninformed decision.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

The tone is fine....

The tone is fine, but his troll yesterday ended after my response, which remains unanswered. If he truly wants to know who Obama is, he can take my suggestion and read his first book, which is facinating and easy to read. Instead, he prefers to see every statement and speech as a form of advertising - well, of course it is, but some advertising is truthful and some isn't. How do you tell the difference? You do a little research, something which he does by interviewing himself to see his own reactions.

It's pretty hard, in other words, for me to respect much more than his tone. Which I do appreciate.

-- ge

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

Besta é tu se você não viver nesse mundo

"Who is Obama, REALLY?" is getting a bit old...

The "Who is Obama, REALLY?" phrase reminds me of a talking point too. It makes me think what a right wing talk show host says after playing 10 minutes of looped Reverend Wright tapes.

If we don't know the answer now, after a historic amount of debates, speeches, more news coverage of a primary than I can ever remember...if you don't know at this point, maybe you just need to pay a bit more attention. Like you said, he's written some books on this topic.

If I was thinner skinned, it might offend me that my choice of candidate can be dismissed as uninformed naivety and emotion, while demonstrating a lack of knowledge about that candidate. That itself is pretty ironic.

Also, I think the used car metaphor is a bit off. You could say that these candidates aren't just selling us cars, they're also running to be head car salesman. The next president will likely face a congress with only small lead towards the dems, and insanely complex problems. The fact that Obama was repeatedly attacked for a week, and was able to turn what seemed like a campaign threatening situation into a strong point is a great sign of what he could accomplish in November and beyond.

this comment begs the question

Who is funmerlin, really? Is it Fun Merlin, or Funmer Lin?

If it is Fun Merlin, can we trust a happy magician? How do we know s/he is actually a wizard, and not an angry ninja in disguise?

And if it's Funmer Lin, what does that even mean? How can you expect us to read your comment when your name doesn't even make any sense???

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