Win or lose, Obama will let you down

This opinion piece written in the Wall Street Journal by Fouad Ajami is worth your time. The conclusion:

The morning after the election, the disappointment will begin to settle upon the Obama crowd. Defeat — by now unthinkable to the devotees — will bring heartbreak. Victory will steadily deliver the sobering verdict that our troubles won’t be solved by a leader’s magic.

The argument includes something that’s bothered me for a long time about Obama, the reporting of attendance at his rallies. Mr. Ajami explains this “street” part of Obama’s game is Arabic in culture. I keep having to be reminded that Obama’s crowds are predetermined by rock concerts. Remember the Decemberists in the Northwest and free food in Germany. Recent crowds have seen Bruce Springsteen. Tomorrow we finally get to find out if that rock star quality gets Mr. Obama first past the post.

Whether Obama wins or loses, expect America to have a bit of a hangover as the inauguration approaches.

H/T goes to another reader, BTW. You guys are the best.


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    What an interesting article by Mr. Ajami especially since it has a mid-eastern perspective. I agree with his assessment and would add one more thing Obama is that garners him votes with many–he is the anti-Bush. While this fulfills an emotional need for many from 2000 and 2004, it has, in my opinion, clouded their logical judgment of what this man Obama really represents.

    I’m just curious. How many of the readers of this blog have:
    > A pastor who regularily uses the words ‘God damn’ in his services?

    > Friends who attempted to blow up the National Capital and Pentagon?

    > Friends who babyset for you that were well placed in the PLO?

    >Multiple friends and members of your advisory committees who served on the SDS, or Students for Democratic Society, a break off group of the Weathermen?

    >A business partner found guilty of 5 different felonies and facing more charges?

    >Cannot produce your own Birth Certificate or a copy of the ‘original’?

    >Anyone in your family who is in this country illegally?

    > A two year period in your life that is a blank slate, no one knows what you did?

    >Admitted using illegal drugs.

    .> Friends who founded the Weathermen?

    >Supported a dictator and contributed to help getting him elected?

    >Attended a church for 20 years, been married by, had your children baptized by, a pastor who has beliefs you now say you never heard in that 20 years.

    > Friends who blew up a statue of a policeman killed in action, and when rebuilt, blew it up again.

    > Have friends who call Venzuela’s Chavez ‘comrade’?

    If you answered yes to any of these, you could be President of the United States. Please note that none of these issues are either liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, or left or right. It appears John McCain, a war hero, who served in the US Navy for 22 years, would not qualify.

  2. If BO were applying to be in the FBI or Secret Service he would be rejected because of drug use and associations with subversives

  3. My favorite to date:

    “Friends who babyset for you that were well placed in the PLO”

    Gotta watch those pro-Palastinian babysitters.

    and a close runner-up:

    “admitted using illegal drugs.”

    oh no!

  4. J. Strupp says:

    ….they better keep a close eye on what kind of greenery is growing in the White House rose garden next year, hey Randy?