Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's President Obama now

"I repeat... that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist. " Benjamin Disraeli

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Update: The morning after:

But I am a liberal

"But America should be proud of this moment. Within forty years, we went from a racially segregated society where blacks were second class citizens, to electing a black man to lead us and the free world."

George S.:

"He has spent some time repudiating old connections. All rulers have had to do that. Recall Prince Hal. He wouldn't have got anywhere while still tied to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and some of the others. The Right will point to contacts that he used to maintain, that he might still maintain. But he seems to have acted pragmatically. He has dropped that which would not work on the road to office or in office. That is not acting on principle: that is practical politics. Being, in this case, is a revolution: doing is not."

Oliver Kamm:

"It's not entirely Frau Merkel's fault, as the problem goes back to the disgraceful anti-American campaign of her immediate predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, in 2002. But the United States might reasonably ask for more assurance than it has received for some time that Germany is indeed fully aware of the importance of the transatlantic alliance. "

Mick Hartley: The Onion:

"African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America. In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged with such tasks as completely overhauling the nation's broken-down economy, repairing the crumbling infrastructure, and generally having to please more than 300 million Americans and cater to their every whim on a daily basis. As part of his duties, the black man will have to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind. The job comes with such intense scrutiny and so certain a guarantee of failure that only one other person even bothered applying for it. Said scholar and activist Mark L. Denton, "It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can't catch a break."

MEMRI: Looks like the Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Eslami agrees with the ONION:

"The most that that black man can do in the White House is to replace some of the staff and change some ceremonial procedures. He will never manage to change the structure of the American regime, which was established by capitalists, Zionists, and racists."



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