[rollei_list] Re: Happy MLK Day

  • From: Daniel Ridings <dlridings@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:23:59 +0100

Fortunately, Austin, democracy works.

You lost. Live with it. :-)



On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:27 PM, austin.franklin@xxxxxxxxxxx
<austin.franklin@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Rob,
>
>> Having said that I would say this particular inauguration was an
>> 'event' of the 'People' rather than a person or a party.
>
> I'd have to disagree.  I found it offensive that a lot of "entertainers"
> are given a stage at a political event like this.  Who the f is Opera
> Winfrey?  No one elected her to squat.  It was a circus more than an
> inauguration IMO.  Tom Hanks?  Why is he being given a podium during a
> presidential inauguration?  Obama is being treated as a "rock star", and
> that, to me, as well as the blubbering and drooling over him, is offensive.
>
> I turn on the TV this morning to listen to sports scores, and on a sports
> program, the announcer is blubbering about Obama this and Obama that.  If
> it was McCain who won, I guarantee all I would have heard about was
> sports...which is what I was supposed to be hearing about anyway.  If I
> want to hear political blathering, there are channels dedicated to the
> such, and I would have turned there.
>
> Entertainers and sports "figures" were considered lower class some century
> ago.  Now, for some stupid human trick of a reason, some of them make big
> money, and because of that, they are given some credence when it comes to
> politics and opinion.  Some of them sure do real good for "humanity", but
> most of it is grandstanding and puffery.  Well, I guess I just figured out
> why there is a blurry line between politicians and entertainers.  Sigh.
>
> I'm more afraid of what Obama's wife is going to do than what he's going to
> do.  She'll probably have me wanting for the days of Hillary...  But in
> reality, I wish Obama and his staff well (though I wish he chose *anyone*
> but Biden for VP).  Obama comes across as a decent guy, a little haughty
> and elitist, but a whole lot better than Clinton or Gore.
>
> Regards,
>
> Austin
>
>
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