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Obama From Britain

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After Bush, to my knowledge, the worst US President ever, I was excited about the prospect of Hilary Clinton in the White House.  The election of Barack Obama was simply stunning.  For me, it rejuvenated the whole idea of America – the noble principles of the  Constitution, the idea that anyone can rise to the very top based on merit alone.  It updated that dream by transcending race, prejudice and history.

Ordinary And Extraordinary

As it happened, I  watched his inauguration with my parents.   I  wept at Obama’s words, at the huge symbolism of his achievement, at Jesse Jackson’s overwhelming moment.  My Mum & Dad said that it was like Kennedy was for their generation – the sense of new hope and optimism.  The same idea that makes me think of Churchill’s “broad sunlit uplands”.

So what’s going on now?  I ‘m sure I don’t understand a lot about American politics.  I can only see it from my perspective.  That means I get most of my news from the BBC.  I balance that with a daily trawl through the blogs and online newspapers on the issues that interest me.

In some ways I think the BBC is more British than Britain.  In fact, I trust the BBC more than I trust any politician.  Its standards and independence preserve our national integrity better than any political leader.

Going online gives me a broader view, often composed of ridiculous extremes as well as mainstream media.  There are so many highly literate, super clever bloggers who are completely deluded and beyond any reason.  Going online provides an overall summary of all different points of view and sources of information.

I think Obama is a fundamentally decent man.  There is a coterie of bloggers who believe he is a Chicago politician just the same as when Al Capone was in town.  I think he is bigger than that.

There is also a sisterhood (men and women) of Democrats, bitter supporters of Hilary, who are determined to undermine him.  Republicans say he is un-American and claim that he won the election through fraud.

I still have faith in the man.   In the horribly murky world of American politics I don’t think he would have risen to the top unless he was very special.  I detect authenticity.

The oil spill has been his greatest challenge. I feel that when he speaks for himself, from his heart, he speaks the truth.  When he is confused and manipulated by those around him he fails.  Many will say I am naive but how can anyone triumph without support?  We need leaders who can inspire, who can make us believe in them.

From the very beginning Obama has “extended the hand of friendship” towards Iran but it becomes clearer every day now that the current regime must be condemned without reservation.   He has stood up against Israel better than his predecessors and in the overall moral balance that was well overdue.  I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on the attempted kidnapping of Gary Mckinnon  It’s probably not high enough in his priorities to have had his proper consideration yet.

No one was more critical of Gordon Brown and his foolhardy, self-serving government than me but the way that some Americans criticise their leader horrifies me.  Some of the conspiracy theories and charges levelled against Obama are worse than those against Hitler or Mengele.  There are are so many complete nutters in America I really do wonder what they put in the water.

After re-consideration, from my British perspective, I still have faith in this extraordinary man.  I urge him to continue to have the courage of his convictions.  I wish he could put aside short term political considerations.  I think, almost whatever happens,  he will win a second term so he can afford to look at least six years in advance and ignore his critics.  I still believe in him.

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  1. Greatly written.


    June 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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  4. I’m still scratching my head here. Your article is very well written and you’re a very articulate person. However I must disagree with you on just about every point. I’ve watched Obama very closely and have done quite a bit of research concerning his past, and I have to tell you, the evidence of fraud is absolutely overwhelming. Perhaps because you live in England you have a different perception, I don’t know. But just because Obama can read a nice speech from a teleprompter and speak kind words it has nothing to do with his actions. His actions have been the exact opposite of his words. I must say, you have no idea about the depth of corruption in the United States. I’ll provide one link just to give you a small example:

    As far as the Clintons are concerned I’ll just give you this one and you can decide for yourself: (this are just a small part of a much bigger picture)


    June 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    • Steve, I read the two links you posted and some other articles on your site and linked from your site.

      If corruption in America exists to just one percent of the extent that you claim then I think we might all just as well give up and go home.

      I just don’t buy it I’m afraid. With respect, I think you’re hysterical. I believe in the fundamental goodness of mankind. While there is undoubtedly corruption which needs to be rooted out and exposed, I think you’ve got carried away with suspicion and paranoia.

      All my experience in life teaches me that the explanation is usually “cock-up” rather than “conspiracy”.

      Thanks for your input!

      Peter Reynolds

      June 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      • Your welcome Peter. I’m 60 years old and have been watching this stuff for decades.
        My life experience tells me, “the simple believeth every word, but the prudent man looketh well to his going” … and to “try all things, hold fast to that which is good.”
        The Jews were a pretty trusting people at one time …


        June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

  5. Let’s see…this topic is “Honor”. Honor is something we Americans hold in high esteem. Obama has not upheld his honor. He has lied to the American people, made promises he never intended to keep, does not listen to the voice of the American people, makes shady deals, associates with known terrorists, tramples our beloved Constitution, believing it to be a “document of errors”, surrounds himself with socialists, will not reveal any information about his past…and in fact has spent millions to keep it secret, is using a SSN that was issued in Connecticut that shows him to be 109 years old…the list goes on and on.
    I am a United States citizen, a veteran from the U.S. Navy and am so proud of my country. When I see my “president” not pay honor to our flag during the performance of our National Anthem, to me there is no honor where he is concerned.
    The man is systematically trying to destroy the American way of life as we know it, and wanting to mold it into his version.
    The man should be impeached and then tried for treason. And that goes for all his cronies who supported him. Do not try and tell me about honor. I have lived it, and was willing to sacrifice my life for this country, which is more than I can say about this fraud that is now our Commander-In-Chief!


    June 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

  6. Unfortunately the real truth is, as always, somewhere between…there is much corruption globally and to take one view is hopeless on too many levels to encourage as a world-view…very well concieved article.
    As an American and also a citizen of the planet, I still extend outward in hope rather than implaccable certitude. Bless the president and all his efforts.

    and they put good ol’ gulf crude in the water…also unfortunate.


    June 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

  7. […] After Bush, to my knowledge, the worst US President ever, I was excited about the prospect of Hilary Clinton in the White House.  The election of Barack Obama was simply stunning.  For me, it rejuvenated the whole idea of America – the noble principles of the  Constitution, the idea that anyone can rise to the very top based on merit alone.  It updated that dream by transcending race, prejudice and history.

  8. Far as Corruption there is plenty in Washington though i may point out the most is not Obama its more in the senate and house. There are people that have been in there as long as i have been living or at least close to that long. And i am 42 years old i think they need term limits. When there are people in power for too long they become slaves to thier power and the greed associated with it. Obama has merit but he still is a politician. He does some good but has also missed the mark on several things. But this is only my opinion. And every one has the right to their own.
    BTW Reblogged this on Peace.


    June 21, 2010 at 3:28 am

  9. Peter, I appreciate your optimism of our fearless leader, but feel you might have your faith placed in the wrong place. This is the man, after all, that:

    1) Returned the bronze bust of Sir Winston Churchill that had been a gift on loan from London since September 11, 2001
    2) Snubbed the Queen’s Prime Minister by not making himself available for the traditional joint appearance before the White House media
    3) Offered the same man and his family thoughtless gifts
    4) Provided the Queen an iPod full of his own speeches
    5) Refused to support Britain in the latest Falkland Island dispute
    6) Continues to utilize brutal, thuggish, totalitarian language against BP

    And this is how he treats his allies. You find his treatment of Israel refreshing… although I find it dangerous. His insults to the PM of Israel are only eclipsed by those towards Britain. This is the number one ally of the US and Western Democracies in the Middle East.

    All that said, I have to agree with you about the nutters surrounding me. There are folks on both the Right and the Left who can only see the worst in their political adversaries, and that is sad. Obama probably would have been a good guy to have a drink with, although he has proven time and time again that he is not up for this job. He is not evil, he is just wrong… and incompetent. His successor in 2013 will have a heck of a mess to clean up.

    As for former President Bush, I believe time will clear his name. He took a stance, not unlike Harry Truman did against Communism in the 1940’s, that was unpopular at the time, but we recognize that plain talking man as one of the best to serve. Bush had his faults as a big government Republican, but none of them related to his foreign policy. There is still time for the West to fall… and history will be written by those victorious, so Bush can still take the blame from future historians, but I doubt it. I would bet on his vindication. Mr. McCartney had him wrong… W not only can find a library, but he could easily go toe to toe with Mr. Obama in any intellectual discussion.

    Teleprompter skills does not equal intelligence.

    WC Windbag

    June 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm

  10. An ode to barrack obama

    Greetings, salutations on this day of our time
    Long time coming to pen this rhyme
    Glued to your election a year or so ago
    Shed tears, waited for change; none came

    Then you appointed cronies from the past
    To represent, carry your countries torch,
    To Countries, far away lands, where your
    Country should’t be; understand?

    Rahm Emanuel, your chief of staff
    Bill Clinton, was shit scared of him
    Then there’s your treasury guy
    A wall street banker in everyone’s eye

    Then you promised to close gitmo
    Within 18 months, don’t think so
    Its still open, torturing innocents
    you can’t believe CIA security briefings

    where were all Saddam’s WMD’s?
    a crock of shit, don’t you see
    More excuses for another conquest
    For oil and resources, a greedy mess

    And their eye’s are now on Iran, and
    will lie to ensure a future invasion
    to secure black gold; anything goes
    WW3, a definite possibility

    But Mr A in Iran; humanitarian
    Is forging allies, wherever he can
    To make it much more unlikely
    That the world has to stomach WW3

    And why should we? he is our brother
    Like all in the Muslim lands
    You should know, your family upbringing
    Down to your middle name even

    Is this why, you won’t stand again?
    Bad stuff weighs too heavy on your heart
    OK, you have done some good stuff
    Healthcare reform for your people a must

    But when you look at the small print
    More government control of lives
    And thousands of government departments
    New, created to save a few lives

    In reality, more blank cheques, to
    The care companies that siphon off
    Billions from the public purse
    Instead of wholesale reform

    Reports linking you to the elite
    The bloodlines that rule the world
    Just simply pour scorn on your office
    And make you look like a thief

    Stealing the goodwill of your people
    And making lots of false promises
    To get you to the oval Office
    Don’t think I’v understated it

    So Mr Obama, just who you working for?
    The elite, the bankers, more? Not
    The people that put you in office
    They now know the score

    Your countries being raped, though
    Your not the main culprit, accessory
    Is a word that springs to mind
    Aiding financial terrorists on Wall St

    Don’t pick on Iran, not worth your time
    Though would love to see it in some ways
    Two million with arms in 24 hours
    Should ensure your army dies by the thousand

    But peace and love is the answer always
    Deep down, you’re a good man, can feel it
    You can stop unnecessary suffering
    Your army don’t deserve to die for nothing

    Neither do our brothers in Iran, they
    Blatantly have done nothing, just
    Like Saddam, minding own business
    But your security people don’t have a heart

    And will try for excuses to invade
    Persia, for oil, and more
    Please don’t make a mistake again
    Live and let live, make tea not war

    You got your problems anyway, as
    25% of your bees just died: Think,
    At that rate all of your people
    Will be dead in only five years

    Is the mass-murder of bees to be followed?
    By the same, to your people, who to blame?
    Your smart, you must know who wants this
    Hunger, riots for starters, unnecessary suffering

    Blood on your hands friend, for sure, despite
    Your healthcare bill, quango central, soon
    The only jobs in your great nation
    Will be at the cost of a chip under skin

    Go in hiding, make a stand, against those
    Who give a bad name, to your nation
    And sell all the secret good stuff, pay
    Your people back for the rape, they

    Have just experienced, on your watch
    They put you there; whitehouse lawn
    When they die, will you stomach to peek?
    At the death; destruction on your streets
    All the time, could have done something bout it


    September 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    • I’m speechless!

      But thankful that, criticise them as we might, we never seem to get quite so cynical about our leaders quite so quickly!

      Peter Reynolds

      September 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      • cynical quickly? obvious to me
        Obama has the same paymasters
        as those who came before
        with an entirelty bogus agenda

        but their house of cards is
        about to have a great fall
        cant keep a lid on all the lies
        have you friend chosen your side?

        and any out’s for my kind words?
        you dont ask you dont get in this world
        time running out for us, instead just more pain
        faced with the plans of the bloodlines of cain
        shame truthful media out’s are few and far between

        peace x


        September 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

  11. […] After Bush, to my knowledge, the worst US President ever, I was excited about the prospect of Hilary Clinton in the White House.  The election of Barack Obama was simply stunning.  For me, it rejuvenated the whole idea of America – the noble principles of the  Constitution, the idea that anyone can rise to the very top based on merit alone.  It updated that dream by transcending race, prejudice and history.

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