Fathers (and Mothers) who at any point doubt their importance can look to 1600 Pennsylvania. Fathers (biological and otherwise, and we include father figures when there is no father present) or substitutes of some sort (of whatever gender) are needed. It’s great when the biological father is present – but if the guy is an irresponsible or abusive self-centered boob – call in a substitute.
Let’s look at two people for comparative purposes and look at their relationship with “daddy”.
“His own wife says, “Barack spent so much time by himself that it was like he was raised by wolves.” Michelle of the “cold and ungrateful” scowl also has been “angry at his selfishness and careerism“. That’s the Barack Obama thus far hidden from the easily distracted.”
While many say Obama, despite being raised by wolves, grew up to be a well adjusted individual, we have to look at the evidence he has left behind, not what self-interested hacks delare. The evidence suggests otherwise. We believe the evidence suggests Obama learned to be a flim-flam back slapper type who did whatever helped him as a survival method when he was an boy. Now Obama has devolved into a cold, arrogant and aloof personality who does not care about anyone but himself. One example of this type of behavior and it’s political consequences, drawn from today’s Washington Post:
“The standard rule of midterm elections is that only the most reliable voters show up at the polls, so both parties have traditionally focused on the unglamorous and conventional work that turns out their bases. But this year, the Democrats are doubling down on registering and motivating newer voters — especially the 15 million heavily minority and young, who made it to the polls for the first time in the last presidential election.
“It’s a great experiment to see whether we can bring out voters whose only previous vote was in 2008,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The party’s overall budget for reaching new voters is more than twice as big as the $17 million it spent during the tumultuous 2006 midterm, which returned control of both houses of Congress to the Democrats.
Much about its “Vote 2010” effort has that way-back feel of two years ago: legions of canvassers going door-to-door, a stream of inspirational videos, an e-mail list of more than 13 million, and ads on Web sites including Latina.com, BlackPlanet.com, YELP.com and DailyCandy.
On Thursday, the 2008 presidential campaign’s surviving grassroots operation, now Organizing for America, unveiled a spiffy Web site where supporters can get customized information about voting rules and deadlines in their states. It takes but a few keystrokes to fill in a voter registration form that then requires only a signature and a stamp.[snip]
There does not seem to be a similar effort within the GOP. A spokesman would not discuss its operations and scoffed at the bet that Democrats are making this year. “When that announcement was made, it just wasn’t taken very credibly,” says Republican National Committee spokesman Doug Heye. “Those voters just aren’t going to be there this time.”
He’s not alone in thinking that.”
Nothing shocking in the above. Perhaps the investment is stupid and stupid is as stupid does. But perhaps there is a more wolfish explanation:
“Some veteran Democratic Party operatives are also skeptical that the $50 million investment will pay off — except, perhaps, in keeping the grassroots operation alive for Obama’s reelection bid two years from now. Some even suggest that the president’s team has put his long-term interests ahead of his party’s immediate struggle for survival.
“I have zero confidence that they’re heading in the right direction here,” says one longtime Democratic organizer who didn’t want to be quoted by name criticizing his party’s major midterm election initiative. Added another: “I think they’re going to come in for a very rude awakening. It’s going to be brutal.”
If that turns out to be the case, the doubters say, Democrats will wake up the morning of Nov. 3 wishing they had spent that $50 million on more traditional methods, like television ads, for reaching their base and persuading independents.”
It’s all about Obama. The wolf in president’s clothing.
The article details the level of anger, Dimocrats on Dimocrat violence and abuse. “I can’t tell you how much anger there is out there,” he said. “I have people ready to spit in my face.” The Obama re-election effort – let’s call this what it is because it has little to do with Dimocrats up for election in 2010 – will
“…embark on a massive new program this fall to register college students, including many who volunteered for Obama as high school students but were too young to vote.
It is working barbershops and beauty salons in African American communities, and organizing events around the World Cup to reach out to Latinos. Every Wednesday in California, party organizers and volunteers attend naturalization ceremonies.
But what will matter more than anything else, many Democrats say, is Obama himself. [snip]
So the party will try things his way.
Has Obama indeed reinvented the art and science of winning elections, or will 2008 turn out to have been a unique moment that suited the particular gifts of one politician? The Democrats are about to lay down $50 million to find out.”
Dimocrats are about to invest another $50 million in a Cult of Obama drum circle. It’s all about Obama. Goofballs like Jonathan Alter worry that their precious issues, whatever they are, can be rescued by Obama. These boobs don’t seem to realize that all Obama cares about is Obama. Alter writes:
“If the president can’t put the antigovernment, Tea Party types in their place now, when will he? The legacy of the American progressive tradition is on the line.”
Good-bye “American progressive tradition”. Goofballs like Alter think Obama gives a rat’s, um, tail about anything but himself and these boobs refuse to wake up and realize that all their precious traditions or core values or basic decencies don’t mean a damn thing to a boy raised by wolves.
Malicious Frank Rich has his own Obama delusions. Frank Rich loves the Obama 9/11 analogy in the flaccid Tuesday speech. Frank Rich loves the war analogy of the Gulf Oil battle. But Rich is limp with Obama’s “The buck stops elsewhere” meanderings. Still Rich is defending Obama. Rich defends Obama but with less and less conviction or principles. Frank Rich echoes goofball Jonathan Alter and his ‘lost tradition’ foolishness today:
In this 9/11, it’s not just the future of the gulf coast, energy policy or his presidency that’s in jeopardy. What’s also being tarred daily by the gushing oil is the very notion that government can accomplish anything. The current crisis in that faith predates this disaster. In the short history of the Obama White House, two of its most urgent projects, reducing unemployment and pacifying Afghanistan, have yet to yield persuasive results. The dividends on the third, health care reform, won’t be in the mail for years.
Given that record of incompletes, the government’s failure to police BP and the administration’s seeming impotence once disaster struck couldn’t have been more ill-timed. And there’s no miracle fix. Obama can’t play Aquaman in the gulf, he can’t coax a new jobs program out of a deficit-fixated Congress, and he can’t quit Harmid Karzai. Indeed, if the president had actually outlined new energy policies Tuesday night, they would have been dismissed as more empty promises from a government that can’t even measure the extent of the spill.
While Obama ended his speech with an exhortation for prayer, hope for divine intervention is no substitute for his own intercession.
Frank Rich does not understand that he has been so thoroughly bamboozled that he will not see the two obvious truths: Obama is not qualified to be president; Obama only cares about himself – not Frank Rich’s beliefs in government nor Alter’s “progressive traditions”. Obama was raised by wolves. Obama only cares about himself.
Frank Rich is quite the desperate man today. Rich has all the prescriptions for Obama written down. If only Obama gave a damn about America or Frank Rich’s dreams. Poor desperate, helpless boob that is Frankie boob:
“The president must come clean and clean house not just because it’s right. He must rebuild confidence in his government for that inevitable day when the next crisis hits the fan. That would be Afghanistan, and the day is rapidly arriving. [snip]
The president’s shake-up of his own governance can’t wait, as tradition often has it, until after the next election. The Tea Party is at the barricades.“
Frank Rich today reminded us of a desperate junkie, doing and saying anything for one more fix. One more shot of that drug. The perspiration has Rich’s suit soaked. His few hairs are matted down. The upper lip now covered in Nixonian dew. The forehead covered in droplets of sweat dropping down past his brows onto the massive belly. “Just one more shot of Hopium please – I nee, need itttt rreal bad— pleassse just one for shot to take away the pain…”
We recall when not to long ago Frank Rich called them “teabaggers” and said they did not matter and they were nuts. Now, it’s “Tea Party” (check out today’s AP article) and the fear grows at the New York Times. Even Al Qaeda mocks Obama, the wolf boy, today.
Only now does Frank Rich worry about what it means to elect an unqualified boob who is a careerist and selfish. Frank Rich wants Obama to see the danger to government in the same way Alter warns Obama about the danger to “progressive traditions”.
But Obama doesn’t care. He was raised by wolves. His own daddy a preying wolf. His mommy abandoning the boy to wolves. A wolf boy abandoned by a wolf dad and a mother too busy to bother with the boy who learned to care only about himself.
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Bill Clinton has a complex history with daddy. There were many “uncles” and such. Eventually one stayed to adopt Bill. Bill’s mother raised a wonderful son and eventually Bill had a substitute who became a true “dad” to Bill.
60 Minutes interviewed Bill Clinton and asked some difficult questions which give us clues as to what made Bill Clinton the boy, into Bill Clinton the man, and Bill Clinton the president:
“The 42nd president of the United States says he views his economic plan as the greatest accomplishment of his presidency.
“The fact that we were able to have 22 million jobs, and record home ownership, and lower interest rates of the people actually had the ability to do more things than ever before,” says Mr. Clinton. [snip]
“And international affairs, I regret that I didn’t succeed in getting Osama bin Laden. And equally, I’m sorry that I wasn’t able enough to convince the Israelis and the Palestinians to make peace.”
On a personal level, he says that his daughter, Chelsea’s, high school graduation was the best day he had in the White House: “When I saw what she had become and asked me to speak. And I talked about what it was like to be a parent, and how I felt about her. That’s probably the best day.”
Regrets? He’s had a few:
“That was just a simple day when I had to acknowledge to the people I loved most in the world that I had failed. I had done something bad. And I hadn’t felt I could tell them about it before,” recalls Mr. Clinton.
“And it was an awful, because there was no — it wasn’t about comparing what I had done or what was being done to me. It was just about facing up to my failure. It was a bad day. … All my bad personal days in the White House were related to what I thought were shortcomings of my own.”
But it was the days in Hope, or Hot Springs, both are revelatory names and places – that made Bill Clinton the man and the president he is today:
At the beginning of his 957-page book, Mr. Clinton says that he believes the roots of his successes and failures are directly linked to his years growing up in Arkansas. So 60 Minutes asked the former president to take us back to his home state to learn about the problems he had growing up.
On the front porch of boyhood house in Hope, Ark., Mr. Clinton told Rather about his stepfather, Roger Clinton, the second husband that his mother, Virginia Kelley, married. His nickname, says Mr. Clinton, was “Dude,” and he was an abusive alcoholic.
“I do not believe that she would have married him if he had ever abused her — before they got married. That’s something that happened afterwards,” says Mr. Clinton. “But you might say that – maybe mother liked guys that were a bit rakish. She probably thought she could tame them. They liked her.”
But Virginia couldn’t tame Roger Clinton or stop him from attacking her with his fists, a pair of scissors, and even shooting his gun at her.
“This sounds crazy but I never hated my stepfather, Roger Clinton. Even after he pulled the trigger in here, when he was drunk, even after he beat my mother — even after I got big enough to stop him from beating my mother,” says Mr. Clinton.”
All of that horror, and yet little Bill Clinton did not hate. Little Bill Clinton did not become a feral child. How? Why?
“I had some understanding that he was a good man and couldn’t whip his drinking problem. And that he was full of demons that he couldn’t control it and he took it out in destructive, hateful ways. I hated what he did, but I never hated him.”
Mr. Clinton never told any of his friends what was going on at home. As he writes in his book, from his childhood into his adult years in politics, he has lived “two parallel lives” — the public one everyone knew about, and a dark secret one he says he says he never talked about.
“I don’t think I was conscious of it in the beginning. But at some point, when I had moved to Hot Springs, and we just kept having these violent incidents in our home, and I realized that I never talked about it,” recalls Mr. Clinton. “And as far as I know, nobody knew about it. I became aware it was a conscious decision that my mother and I had made to carry on. … Yeah, carry on, and just go on and try to make a normal life.”
No hate, carry on, understanding, parallel life – mostly good, some bad. At the foundational level however, we see Bill Clinton, demons and all, still a good boy who grew into a good man.
And Bill Clinton’s father – fathers? Listen to what Bill has to say. Understand, especially you parents, what Bill has to say:
“At Hope, the former president took 60 Minutes to the cemetery where both his mother and his biological father, William Jefferson Blythe, were buried – and told Rather why he always feels comfortable there.
“I never felt cemeteries were bad or morbid places. I think they’re places of homecoming and keep the ties going,” says Mr. Clinton.
Bill Clinton had two fathers: The abusive Roger Clinton, and Blythe, his biological father who died before Clinton was even born.
Mr. Clinton recalls Blythe’s death: “Mother came home here because she was pregnant with me. And he was coming down to get her and he was killed on a highway. His tire blew out on a wet highway and he was thrown into a drainage ditch in Missouri, and he was actually not injured all that badly but he was knocked out and he drowned in the ditch.”
It turns out Blythe was married three times before he met Mr. Clinton’s mother. But the former president wasn’t told that until after he was elected to the White House. He wasn’t told because his mother didn’t know either.
“You know, my mother was married five times to four men. Because she married my stepfather Roger Clinton twice, because they divorced once and then they remarried,” says Mr. Clinton, pointing out his mother’s grave. “My mother was widowed three times. She had a lot of sadness to her life. But she always carried on.”
So did Bill Clinton. While his mother was divorced from Roger Clinton, the former president decided to change his name legally to Clinton. Why did he keep the first and second names of his biological father, William Jefferson, but not the last name?
“I think the fact that I was born without a father, and that I spent a lifetime trying to put together a picture of one also had a lot to do with how I turned out,” says Mr. Clinton. “Good and not so good. But I think on balance, more good than bad. But it had a lot to do with it.”
More good than bad. That painful history led to a lot of good for a lot of people. Let the saints judge the personal weaknesses. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone. Bill cares. Putting People First. He tried and succeeded to make things better. He’s still working. He’s still making things better. It started when he was a little boy.
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Happy Fathers day to Dimocrats, Democrats, Republicans, Independents – to one and all.