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Barack Obama……Why is he so cool?……storytelling, the ability to move between his two parents worlds, and his skill as compromiser……

When you become President  the whole world wants to know who you are….

Being the first Black President is no different…..especially one who has written. …Dreams  From my Father’

Dreams From My Father

This book review of ‘The Bridge’ by David Remnick concentrates on what makes the nation’s 44th President tick…..

Remnick……deals with  the three things I headline above…..

Storytelling………

In his first race for Congress, against the former Black Panther Bobby Rush, Obama was branded “not black enough.” He was not the descendant of American slaves. He had not participated in the civil rights struggle. He was not a militant activist. Nonetheless, Obama spoke at Brown Chapel in 2007, the launch site of the Selma march. Hillary Clinton was slow to make arrangements and had to settle for the less iconic First Baptist Church. She spoke well enough. Remnick is unfair to her, saying she dropped her g’s and gave a northern Illinois version of Southspeak, “channeling her inner Blanche DuBois.” In fact, Clinton is a natural mimic who “does the voices” when she tells a story — I have heard her become a Southern judge and a black woman preacher when describing one of her law cases. This got her into trouble when she “channeled” Tammy Wynette. Obama has the same gift. When he reads the audio version of “Dreams From My Father,” he speaks, in turn, like his Kenyan relatives, his Kansas relatives and the street kids he met in New York.

The difference between the two speeches that day in Selma lay less in delivery than in Obama’s way of making the events of his life story meld with those of his audience. He was laying claim to the black struggle as his own…….

More……..

The ability to move between his two parents worlds……after melding them to fit his purposes….

He [ Obama ] said: “My grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya. Grew up in a small village and all his life, that’s all he was — a cook and a houseboy. And that’s what they called him, even when he was 60 years old. They called him a houseboy. They wouldn’t call him by his last name. Call him by his first name. Sound familiar?” Actually, Remnick shows that Obama’s grandfather was a respected village elder and property owner, who left his native town for Nairobi to cook for British colonials, and then traveled with British troops to Burma, bringing back their Western clothes and ways to his village.

But Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, has many important additions and corrections to make to our reading of “Dreams From My Father.” Obama makes his mother sound naïve and rather simple in his book. Remnick shows that she was a smart and sophisticated scholar, whose studies for her doctorate were aided by her friend Alice Dewey, the granddaughter of John Dewey.

I love this…..

Remnick rightly sees that memoir as a bildungsroman in the specifically black form of a “slave narrative,” a story of the rise from dependency to mature self-possession. In order to place himself in that tradition, Obama darkens the early part of the story and lightens the concluding sections. He trims the facts to fit the genre, just as he trimmed the events in his Selma speech to fit the black sermon format. Obama was not literally a slave in his youth, but he was in thrall to false images of his father, fostered by his mother’s protective loyalty to her husband. Since Obama comes to a later recognition of his father’s flaws, the story is crafted to show him shedding false idealism to become a pragmatic realist. The narrative protects him from claims that he is an ideologue or peddler of false hopes. The art with which the book is constructed to serve his deepest personal needs shows how ludicrous is the charge of Rush Limbaugh and others that he did not write it. (The ineffable Limbaugh thinks Bill Ayers may have written it.)

And finally the great compromiser…in Chicago and as he was getting thru his teenage and college years…..

The development of these traits helped him in dealing with the Economic problems in the beginning of his tenure as President and the Healthcare Bill’s journey…..

Remnick presents Obama as a perpetual outsider who wins acceptance in whatever new company he joins — in Hawaii, at Occidental College, then Columbia, then Harvard, in Chicago streets and churches, at the University of Chicago Law School, in the Illinois legislature, in the United States Senate. To do this, he had to allay the natural suspicions of any newcomer. Remnick sees how this was accomplished: “Conciliation was his default mode, the dominant strain of his political personality.” In interview after interview, people’s initial reaction to him is that he is always winning, always disarming — “cool,” intelligent and charming. A perfect example is the way he won election as the editor in chief of The Harvard Law Review. In a company of voting editors heatedly divided between left and right, he positioned himself in the center and won support from conservative editors along with liberals. Once in the editor’s office, he banned a more militant black ally of his from the masthead to preserve peace on The Review. Later, when he taught at the University of Chicago Law School, he won the respect of conservative professors there, including Richard Posner — “especially,” as Posner tells Remnick, “after one of my clerks, who had worked with him at The Harvard Law Review, told me that he wasn’t even all that liberal.”

I have repeated that clerks observation many a time here at the Dog……

Check out the piece if you can….


April 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Family, Government, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 9 Comments

Gitmo Detainee Update…..

How’s the Obama Administration doing on the Guantanamo Detainee’s………

Here’s a run down…….

One thing we know……

There will NO trials in New York  City….

and Eric Holder doesn’t have the final say……the White House now does……

The issue is a lose..lose one for the President…..

A senior administration official would only say that discussions with Congress — that is, Democrats and Sen. Lindsey Graham — are “ongoing” about a legal framework. But frustration at the lack of public backstop from the White House is pervasive among senior officials at the Departments of Justice, State and Defense, all of whom want the Guantanamo Bay detention camp closed and the prisoners properly dealt with. There’s also a sense that the chance to build a political consensus around a sustainable, humane and transparent detention policy is gone — and that the longer we don’t hear from the president, the easier it is for Republicans to demagogue the issue. Here’s an update on the raw numbers:

The administration’s special envoy to Guantanamo, Amb. Daniel Fried, has successfully repatriated 31 detainees. 3 have been sent to third countries. 2 have been sent to Italy for prosecution.
Not including the Yemeni detainees, there are 41 cleared detainees who are eligible for either repatriation or resettlement in a third country.
There are about 35 detainees who are deemed to be triable, either using the military tribunals that the Obama administration endorsed (hastily, they will admit, in retrospect) or in federal courts. Congress and the executive branch haven’t agreed on how this will work, and the courts are getting frustrated.

More……..

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Zeigeist ( economic data ) for the week of April 11……

From the Atlantic Magazine……

Pollster.com Obama Average Job Approval
47.4%
Pollster.com Obama Favorability
51.7%
Pollster.com Right Direction / Wrong Track
38.1% / 55.8%
Pollster.com Congressional Approval
15.3%
National Federation of Independent Businesses Small Business Optimism Index
88.0 (down 1.5% from January)
ABC News/Washington Post Consumer Comfort Index
43 points below zero
U.S. Department of Labor Initial Weekly Jobless Claims
460,000 (down 143,000 since 1/20/09)
RealtyTrac Newly foreclosed properties in February
308,524
U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment
9.7%

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Government, Other Things, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

'Date Night'…. is the hit of the Weekend……..

[ Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Mark Wahlberg in “Date Night.” ]

My wife and I saw the trailer for this and where going to go this weekend……Good….. it’s doing good …..we can go next weekend…..

Tina Fey and Steve Carell are on a roll………

“Date Night,” a comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, finished first at the weekend box office, beating out the 3-D movies “Clash of the Titans” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

“Date Night” (Fox), took in $27.1 million to take the top slot, according to early estimates from Hollywood.com. Fey is also the star of the NBC sitcom “30 Rock” andhosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, the sketch comedy show that helped launch her to stardom.

“Clash of the Titans” (Warner Bros.), a mythological adventure tale, brought in $26.9 million to place second. “Clash” was so close to “Date Night” in the early estimates that the positions may change when final numbers are released.

More……..

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

‘Date Night’…. is the hit of the Weekend……..

[ Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Mark Wahlberg in “Date Night.” ]

My wife and I saw the trailer for this and where going to go this weekend……Good….. it’s doing good …..we can go next weekend…..

Tina Fey and Steve Carell are on a roll………

“Date Night,” a comedy starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, finished first at the weekend box office, beating out the 3-D movies “Clash of the Titans” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

“Date Night” (Fox), took in $27.1 million to take the top slot, according to early estimates from Hollywood.com. Fey is also the star of the NBC sitcom “30 Rock” andhosted “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, the sketch comedy show that helped launch her to stardom.

“Clash of the Titans” (Warner Bros.), a mythological adventure tale, brought in $26.9 million to place second. “Clash” was so close to “Date Night” in the early estimates that the positions may change when final numbers are released.

More……..

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel…..Colorado Senate: Are Bennet's TV Ads helping him? He moves closer to Norton while Romanoff falls way behind…..

Hello Dog!

Are Michael Bennet’s (D-CO) TV Ads helping him in Colorado. It seems so. According to a new Statewide Survey in the Centinential State Incumbent Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) has crept closer to his Main Republican Rival trailing former CO Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R-CO) by only 5 Points. Meanwhile former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D-CO) has fallen way behind.

Rasmussen Survey

Colorado Senate 2010

Former CO Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R)  46 %

Incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D)  41 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  8 %

Weld County District Attorney Kenneth R. “Ken” Buck (R)  44 %
Incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D)  40 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  12 %

State Senator Thomas J. “Tom” Wiens (R)  45 %
Incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D)  39 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  12 %

Former CO Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R)  49 %
Former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D)  38 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  8 %

Weld County District Attorney Kenneth R. “Ken” Buck (R)  45 %
Former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D)  37 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  13 %

State Senator Thomas J. “Tom” Wiens (R)  45 %
Former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D)  38 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  11 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://bennetforcolorado.com/
http://www.andrewromanoff.com/
http://janenortonforcolorado.com/
http://buckforcolorado.com/
http://www.tomwiens2010.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  42 %
Disapprove  57 %

Governor Bill Ritter (D)

Approve  40 %
Disapprove  55 %

Note: That rounds up the Polling for this week. Fresh Polling will come out starting tomorrow on various Races.

Analysis:

This Race has gotten closer recently and Bennet’s TV Ads maybe a big part of it.

Daniel G.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Daniel…..Colorado Senate: Are Bennet’s TV Ads helping him? He moves closer to Norton while Romanoff falls way behind…..

Hello Dog!

Are Michael Bennet’s (D-CO) TV Ads helping him in Colorado. It seems so. According to a new Statewide Survey in the Centinential State Incumbent Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) has crept closer to his Main Republican Rival trailing former CO Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R-CO) by only 5 Points. Meanwhile former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D-CO) has fallen way behind.

Rasmussen Survey

Colorado Senate 2010

Former CO Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R)  46 %

Incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D)  41 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  8 %

Weld County District Attorney Kenneth R. “Ken” Buck (R)  44 %
Incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D)  40 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  12 %

State Senator Thomas J. “Tom” Wiens (R)  45 %
Incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet (D)  39 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  12 %

Former CO Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R)  49 %
Former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D)  38 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  8 %

Weld County District Attorney Kenneth R. “Ken” Buck (R)  45 %
Former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D)  37 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  13 %

State Senator Thomas J. “Tom” Wiens (R)  45 %
Former CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D)  38 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  11 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://bennetforcolorado.com/
http://www.andrewromanoff.com/
http://janenortonforcolorado.com/
http://buckforcolorado.com/
http://www.tomwiens2010.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  42 %
Disapprove  57 %

Governor Bill Ritter (D)

Approve  40 %
Disapprove  55 %

Note: That rounds up the Polling for this week. Fresh Polling will come out starting tomorrow on various Races.

Analysis:

This Race has gotten closer recently and Bennet’s TV Ads maybe a big part of it.

Daniel G.

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Daniel…….Ohio voter registration switches…..

The Cleveland Plain Dealer & Columbus Dispatch reported this week that A LOT OF FOLKS who are voted for Obama SWITCHING their Party Registration. That does look bad to very bad for you come November.

Daniel G.

Link:

from the piece……

In politics, switching parties can be the equivalent of a Browns fan embracing the Steelers, or an Indians fan pledging allegiance to the Yankees.

It certainly happens. Voters sometimes drift from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party and vice-versa. So far though, most drifting in this year’s primaries in Stark County is one-sided.

During the first week of absentee (early) voting, 307 local Democrats requested ballots to vote in the Republican primary, while 36 Republicans asked for Democratic ballots. That’s nearly a 9-to-1 margin.

Experts only can speculate on the reasons.

“A lot of the polling evidence shows the momentum is on the (Republican) side,” said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. “This is no surprise.”

However, he said don’t read too much into the numbers — at least not yet.

“In 2008, we saw just the opposite,”…….

More……..

Daniel…we’re talking about a few hundred people here……

The Democrats can handle that……

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Daniel……The Midterms 2010 "THE SENATE"…….

Hello Dog Readers!

Welcome to my second Installment “The Midterms 2010 THE SENATE”

After initially I thought I’m going to do this monthly I’ve decided just like the House that I’m doing this weekly.

And please sent us your Comments how do you see the “Political Brawl” on the Senate Side in 2010.

Nothing much has changed during the last week.

Again, here are the Senate Seats we’re most likely to flip from Democrats this November:

North Dakota (Match-Up Hoeven vs. Potter)

Delaware (Match-Up Castle vs. Coons)

Indiana (Match-Up TBD vs. Ellsworth)

Arkansas (Match-Up TBD vs. TBD)

Now I’m ready to move one additional Seat into our Column as fresh Polling suggest we’re going to win this Seat:

Nevada (Match-Up Lowden vs. Reid)

This would bring the Democratic Senate Majority down to 54 Seats.

Seats I currently rate right on the edge to join the Projected Tally of Takeovers:

Colorado (Match-Up TBD vs. TBD) Note: This Race is still a Toss-Up for me but could move soon.

Seats I currently rate as Toss-Ups:

Pennsylvania (Match-Up Toomey vs. Specter)

Illinois (Match-Up Kirk vs. Giannoulias)


Seats I currently rate as Lean Democrat:

California (Match-Up Campbell/Fiorina vs. Boxer)

I’d like to see more Polling on this Race to gauge if Campbell’s tiny lead holds up.

The Uncertain Things:

Wisconsin (Match-Up TBD vs. Feingold)

New Polling suggest this Race is Thompson’s if he wants it. Searching Articles suggests Thompson is STILL on Vacation but will likely return next week. Then we’ll have a Decision from him very soon.

Washington (Match-Up TBD vs. Murray)

Fresh Polling suggests this Race is a Toss-Up if Rossi runs. Still it’s wait and see here.

Bottom Line:

We really, really do need either Thompson or Rossi to run to put the Democratic Senate Majority in play.

Daniel G.

Daniel I think the Toss up’s go Democratic…..Deleware I would hope can crawl back….and if the Tea party guy stays in Nevada…Reid retains his seat……

That means to me that the Dem’s keep the Senate with a 3 or 4 edge….not bad…..

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 18 Comments

Daniel……The Midterms 2010 “THE SENATE”…….

Hello Dog Readers!

Welcome to my second Installment “The Midterms 2010 THE SENATE”

After initially I thought I’m going to do this monthly I’ve decided just like the House that I’m doing this weekly.

And please sent us your Comments how do you see the “Political Brawl” on the Senate Side in 2010.

Nothing much has changed during the last week.

Again, here are the Senate Seats we’re most likely to flip from Democrats this November:

North Dakota (Match-Up Hoeven vs. Potter)

Delaware (Match-Up Castle vs. Coons)

Indiana (Match-Up TBD vs. Ellsworth)

Arkansas (Match-Up TBD vs. TBD)

Now I’m ready to move one additional Seat into our Column as fresh Polling suggest we’re going to win this Seat:

Nevada (Match-Up Lowden vs. Reid)

This would bring the Democratic Senate Majority down to 54 Seats.

Seats I currently rate right on the edge to join the Projected Tally of Takeovers:

Colorado (Match-Up TBD vs. TBD) Note: This Race is still a Toss-Up for me but could move soon.

Seats I currently rate as Toss-Ups:

Pennsylvania (Match-Up Toomey vs. Specter)

Illinois (Match-Up Kirk vs. Giannoulias)


Seats I currently rate as Lean Democrat:

California (Match-Up Campbell/Fiorina vs. Boxer)

I’d like to see more Polling on this Race to gauge if Campbell’s tiny lead holds up.

The Uncertain Things:

Wisconsin (Match-Up TBD vs. Feingold)

New Polling suggest this Race is Thompson’s if he wants it. Searching Articles suggests Thompson is STILL on Vacation but will likely return next week. Then we’ll have a Decision from him very soon.

Washington (Match-Up TBD vs. Murray)

Fresh Polling suggests this Race is a Toss-Up if Rossi runs. Still it’s wait and see here.

Bottom Line:

We really, really do need either Thompson or Rossi to run to put the Democratic Senate Majority in play.

Daniel G.

Daniel I think the Toss up’s go Democratic…..Deleware I would hope can crawl back….and if the Tea party guy stays in Nevada…Reid retains his seat……

That means to me that the Dem’s keep the Senate with a 3 or 4 edge….not bad…..

April 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 18 Comments