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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Entry for February 19, 2008

The other day I blogged that Barack Obama was fairly safe as far as media coverage as long as nothing dirty from his past was exposed. I was also going to include that he best be careful to not, even by accident or inference, “play the race card,” but I left that out for reasons of discretion. In any case, some feel his wife Michelle may have been doing a little “race talk” when she said "Hope is making a comeback and, let me tell you, for the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country. Not just because Barack is doing well, but I think people are hungry for change."

I added the emphasis on the part that raised the eyebrows of many and the ire of some. Was she playing race? Even though I am a die-hard conservative redneck, I really don’t think so. Was she being somewhat unpatriotic? Again, one sentence does not show the contents of a person’s soul. I found the statement somewhat amusing but it did not raise my flag waving dander. I am further amused that she managed to gaffe on the same day that Barack was ducking jabs that he had plagiarized a speech of a fellow Democratic, Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick. Expect Hillary’s wrecking crew to work on both issues, and dig for more. Politics is much more entertaining and brutal than professional wrestling. I will also today state the obvious; any candidate that pisses off the press is doomed. If McCain, Clinton, or Obama complain that the press is being unfair, they can expect the media gloves to hit the ice.

In other news, my daughter called today to tell me that my adorable five-year-old granddaughter is studying the solar system in school. She came home and told mommy that Pluto has gas, but not the kind that come out of your butt.

Fidel Castro has called it quits. Today he submitted his letter of resignation. That kinda made me sad. As far as murderous dictators go, Fidel has always been my favorite. He outlived all of his enemies and allies, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Mao; the list would fill up a page. He was like the Energizer Bunny of dictators, he just kept going, and going, and going. It is too bad he won’t be around to entertain our next President.

My hat is off to you, Fidel. Thanks for the memories.

James A. Zachary Jr.

1 comment:

Steve said...

I don't envy Michelle Obama. She's under the microscope in the media, and the pressure must be intense, especially for someone who has little background in politics.

I saw an interesting comment somewhere today, comparing the two couples, Hillary and Bill versus Barack and Michelle. Quite a difference there in terms of political experience of the spouse of the candidate. Another fact that was pointed out was that Hillary was elected to the Senate as her first elected political office -- quite a rare thing. Yet she's criticizing Obama for inexperience.