Obama hangs with the rich folk

Obama bills himself as a man of the people, who will beat down big business (although some of the more disingenuous in big business have already figured out a way to profit from these so-called populist policies). Indeed, his “man of the people” credentials may run a lot deeper than he’s admitted, since it turns out that the father on whom he admittedly modeled his political ideals was an extremist, dyed-in-the-wool communist. Given his populist stance, Obama’s recent trip to the Bay Area, during which he hobnobbed only with the richest and most famous, is amusing, since it either presents a man with no discernible principles or it presents a bunch of rich people who are allowing themselves to be led like lambs to the slaughter.

Zombie was around when Obama visited the ultimate Plutocrats, the Gettys. And the Marin Independent Journal was around when Obama hit the rich spots in Marin County, itself one of the richest places in America:

The presidential hopeful stopped by an exclusive Kentfield estate on Sunday for a fundraising reception that drew more than 300 supporters with guests paying $2,300 each.

[snip]

The 46-year-old Democratic senator started the day in Atherton [really rich people], made his way to Marin [really rich people] and then was due in at the Getty [plutocrats] mansion in San Francisco for another event.

Actually, the political pandering from Obama, on the one hand, and the stupid fawning from the rich, on the other hand, wasn’t what I found so irritating about the IJ article. Politics in America is, after all, mostly about power, and Obama looks as if he will have the power and these people think that they can buy access. End of story.

Nope. What irritated me was the way in which a career member of the military ended up inadvertently being used as Obama’s campaign pawn:

A U.S. soldier in Iraq will have a special message from Sen. Barack Obama awaiting him when he returns to Marin.”Ronan, thank you for your service,” Obama wrote Sunday on the bill of a canvas hat that belonged to Capt. Ronan Kennedy, of Kentfield.

[snip]

“I’ve got my knickers in a knot,” Noreen Kennedy said. “Just the fact that he took the time to talk to me, it was unbelievable. That man is simply amazing. You could just feel his presence.”

“He asked me how long had my son been in Iraq,” Kennedy said. “I told him this was his second tour of duty. He just shook his head. You could see he could feel your pain. I feel like I just met the Pope.”

Ronan Kennedy, 27, grew up in Kentfield, attended Kentfield schools and graduated from Redwood High School in 1999. He was redeployed to Iraq last September and his tour won’t be up until January of next year.

“I asked him if he could help bring my son home,” Kennedy said. “He said, ‘We’re working on it.'”

I appreciate that a Mom wishes her son to be safe, but I do wonder how much Capt. Kennedy appreciates being used for political purposes by a man who plans to undo everything for which Capt. Kennedy has fought.

Also, one has to wonder about the tense dynamics in the Kennedy house, where the son is career military, and the Mom is a peace activist. Those must be some Thanksgiving dinners there!

UPDATE:  Welcome, Zombietime readers.  I dislike Obama a great deal, and waste way too much of my time blogging about him.  If you’d like to see more of my Obama posts, you’ll find a listing here.

And Zombie, if you check back here, I just wanted to say that I think you are a brilliant photojournalist and I very much appreciate your nod in my direction.

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  • Ymarsakar

    Given that Noreen is apparently feeling a religious epiphany, it is doubtful that she can realize whether someone else is feeling her… well, if not pain, then awe.

  • jj

    Noreen sounds like a nitwit…

    Golly whillikers! You can feel his presence! Kind of like that dead mouse behidn the couch; you can feel its presence, too.

  • Mike Devx

    I hope that the honorable Captain Ronan Kennedy does not die in Iraq. I assume he is like nearly all of our military professionals, recognizing and accepting the risks of military service, and willing to pay an ultimate price that most of us aren’t willing to pay. For those that would remember him, he would want them to remember him as a man of courage, honor, integrity and duty. These are the ideals that he likely lives his entire life by.

    In this he would be EXACTLY like Casey Sheehan. And you can assume that his mother would be EXACTLY like Cindy Sheehan. His mother, Noreen, would violate her son’s integrity; she would pervert the memory of him by systematically tearing down our perceptions of his courage, his integrity, his honor, his duty. Like Cindy Sheehan, she would make of her son’s life a mockery.

    Cindy Sheehan did this travesty to her son. Noreen Kennedy likely would do the same to her son. After all, I see no sign that the Captain is agitating to be returned home as soon as possible; I see no sign that he considers his service a mistake and a disgrace. His mother has already indicated this, and you can be sure she won’t stop here.

  • Ymarsakar

    Just wait for it, Mike. Obama only spoke in passing apparently to this person. If his people think it will benefit his race, be assured that they will dig up more details and have more press conferences about this subject and woman.

  • suek

    This could be a repeat of the LGF post linked above – if not, it’s more of the same – the “Dreams of His Father” were communistic …

    http://gregransom.com/prestopundit/2008/04/gregs-guide-to-barack-obamas-d.html

  • suek

    Yup…looks like prestopundit is also the source link that LGF uses…

  • Mike Devx

    I’ll repeat the link that was posted above, because it is a good one!
    Barack Obama (the junior) is going to have to answer the issues raised. It’s explosive!

    http://gregransom.com/prestopundit/2008/04/gregs-guide-to-barack-obamas-d.html

    What the senior Barack Obama believed (and argued for):

    1. “advocated the communal ownership of land and the forced confiscation of privately controlled land”

    2. “advocated the nationalization of “European” and “Asian” owned enterprises, including hotels, with the control of these operations handed over to the “indigenous” black population.”

    3. “Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”

    4. “need to eliminate power structures that have been built through excessive accumulation so that not only a few individuals shall control a vast magnitude of resources as is the case now .. so long as we maintain free enterprise one cannot deny that some will accumulate more than others …”

    —–

    As to #1 and #2, that is working out so very well in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, isn’t it? Share and share alike, with no rewards of any sort for innovation or hard work or wisdom, yes, that really works out well.

    “so long as we maintain free enterprise one cannot deny that some will accumulate more than others”

    I especially appreciate his use of “accumulate” rather than “earn”. Nifty phrasing, no? One imagines that a thief “accumulates” as well. End free enterprise! End individual initiative and individual responsibility! Does our candidate Barack Obama believe these same things as well?

    The role of government is forced redistribution, so that everyone is forced (at the point of a gun) to have exactly what is equal. I’m *certain* that some will never be more equal than others.

    Others may say that equality of opportunity is the important goal, but Obama’s father (idolized by Obama) finds equality of results as the only important criteria.

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