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Posted by BooScout in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Jan 29th 2008, 04:38 PM
I mean come on..I can handle debates on the issues and even the mudslinging we have had...but some people are saying that Obama is the new JFK. It's time to speak up on this.

To be blunt, Obama is no JFK. I will give Obama credit for being a pretty good orator....but, people need to understand that a good orator does not necessarily equate to being the best politician for the job. Evangelists are great orators and they give people chills but I would hope that most of us are sensible enough to see through the hype and look closely at the substance.

I realize that America loves a hero. And Obama certainly seems to fit that mold......at least to many younger voters....and a few older ones as well who seem to be star struck. I know he's for change........but, my question to you is..........what person in his/her right mind in the US isn't for change at this point? And what exactly is this change he wants to give us so badly? I've not heard or seen this expounded upon in any substantial way.

I hear a lot of comparisons to the young and seemingly inexperienced Kennedy. But people, Kennedy was far from inexperienced. He had been groomed most of his life to become President….first, in his brother’s shadow and then when Joe was killed, he moved to the first position.

Kennedy was a WWII veteran. His father had been Ambassador to the UK leading up to WWII and JFK saw first hand the lead up to war. He formulated what would later become his Foreign Policy when he traveled the world as a US Congressman & later as a US Senator.

But Kennedy is also a myth. One that his premature death perpetuated. His assassination in office gave him that hero’s death that wiped away all his flaws….and Kennedy did have flaws……the Bay of Pigs was a pretty damned big mistake. His escalation of the Vietnam War (sorry Police Action) is another. He wasn’t perfect. He made mistakes. But the golden aura of his name seems to carry so much promise that over 40 years after his death we are still looking for someone to fill his shoes.

I happen to think that Ted and Caroline are wishful thinkers when comparing Obama to JFK. Other than being relatives of JFK what qualifies them to name the successor to Camelot? You may argue that his own brother and his daughter know best…….but, I say the choice is to be made by the people of America (and probably Hollywood). It also doesn’t hurt that Ted Sorenson is writing speeches for Obama. No wonder he reminds people of JFK. You can have politicians, relatives of politicians and Hollywood Stars endorse you until the cows come home……….every candidate can claim endorsements by the famous and the not so famous, by the wise and not so wise…..does someone else telling you how to vote make your decision for you? If it does than there is no hope.

You need to understand that Ted Kennedy has his own agenda in endorsing Obama. He’s not happy with what he sees as the Clinton’s control of the Democratic Party. When they ‘took control’ Kennedy was the ESTABLISHMENT that so many Obama supporters say they are so against today.

Kerry’s agenda is similar. He’s still pissed that the Clinton’s didn’t help him as much as they could in 2004 and they sat back and let him lose so Hillary could win in 2008. I have news for Kerry. He lost 2004 because he was weak. He can’t blame his 2004 loss on the Clintons. He needs to take a good long look at himself in the mirror to see why he lost the election.

You as voters need to research the substance of each candidate. What has formulated where they stand on the issues. Their experience. Their educational background. Their political alliances and feuds. Their political and their personal history and how they arrived at where they are today.
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