Saturday, July 19, 2008

Obama's Phony Trip Abroad

Fox News is saying this morning that Obama's swing through Europe may elevate his "rock star persona to new heights." Obama, being one of the youngest and most inexperienced candidates ever to run for President, is hoping to "burnish his foreign policy credentials."

What credentials? Barack Obama has no credentials and this short trip won't give him any. What it really is, is a meaningless photo-op, so the mainstream Democrat media can create an illusion by posing their candidate in front of the historic Brandenburg Gate, built in 1791, or at the Berlin Victory Column, built in 1864 to commemorate German victories in war. If standing an airhead next to historic European monuments will turn him into a wise and learned diplomat, than by all means, do it. Being older and crotchety and terribly cynical, I have my doubts as to the efficacy of the monument-osmosis method. But that's just me.

But if it works, let me know. I will turn myself into a cigar-chomping version of Arnold Schwarzenegger by posing in front of Gold's Gym; or acquire Bill Gates' fortune by standing next to Fort Knox while Mrs. Chomper takes pictures.

I think, however, that there is a better explanation for Obama's European posing and posturing. That is the political rule that perception trumps reality every time. If Obama looks wise, presidential and sagacious beyond words, this means that he is presidential and sagacious, and holding an election is just a necessary legalism to ratify what the Press has already accomplished in the hearts and minds of the Sheeple. Never mind that Obama couldn't even spell Europe, let alone find it on a map.

Accompanying Obama on his foreign adventures are all three of the network news anchors, one from ABC, CBS, and NBC. Do you suppose they will also accompany McCain anywhere? No. That's because they are all voting for Obama and supporting him, as they have with every other Democrat candidate stretching back into the misty recesses of history. One can only wonder whether Katy Couric will wear her old cheerleader outfit ("Give me an O, give me a B, give me an AMA.") When we say the mainstream media is Democrat-biased, it is an understatement. The three major networks are an arm of the Democratic Party. They passed bias on their way to devotion some time ago.

Photos: Top - a photo of Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate in 1987. Bottom Left: the Berlin Victory Column; Bottom Right: Katy Couric in her cheerleader days.
See also Charles Krauthammer's column on Obama's trip, "The Audacity of Vanity."

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