Obama Watch: A Ludicrous Double Standard
Every time a right-winger like Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh offends the sensibilities of the Left, they demand that Republican presidential candidates and party leaders denounce the joke and the person — and, unfortunately, they do. It was reported last week that rapper Ludacris’s new song “Politics As Usual” insults President Bush, Senator Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The Associated Press wrote, “The song brags about an Obama presidency being destiny. It uses an expletive to describe Clinton, calls Bush ‘mentally handicapped’ and says McCain doesn’t belong in ‘any chair unless he’s paralyzed.’”
A spokesman wrote in an e-mailed statement, “This song is not only outrageously offensive to Sen. Clinton, Rev. Jackson, Sen. McCain and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.”
However, no one on the Left called for Obama to distance himself from Ludacris or criticized the half-hearted statement from his spokesman.
As with William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s friends and acquaintances say a lot about his judgment. In 2006, Obama and Ludacris met in his Chicago office to discuss “empowering the youth.” The meeting was closed to the press. Obama and Ludacris then talked again at a joint event in Chicago on AIDS awareness. Obama spokesman Julian Green said, “Both Senator Obama and Ludacris have initiated individual efforts to bring attention to the cause and the senator applauded Ludacris for using his stature and his celebrity to bring attention to the issue.” (Yeah, because the one thing we never hear celebrities talk about enough is AIDS awareness.)
While the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times fawned over the meeting of the “two star powers,” no one on the Left asked if Ludacris’s sex and drug-filled lyrics made him an appropriate role model for Obama to endorse.
Aside from insulting Bush, McCain and Clinton, Ludacris mostly praises his friend in “Politics As Usual.” He even has a couple of ideas for the Obama Administration:
Said I handled his biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Meet Obama Donor Jkbkj Hbkjb
Intrepid and indispensable blogger Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs has been uncovering some interesting donors to Obama’s campaign. My favorite is Jkbkj Hbkjb from the city of Jkbjnj. His (or her) occupation is listed as “Balanon Jalalan.” Back in October, Mr. (or Mrs.) Hbkjb gave the campaign $1,077.23. One commenter points out that the odd donation amount could be because it was a foreign donation originally given in a round amount, but affected by the exchange rate when put in U.S. dollars. FEC regulations allow anonymous donations, but only if they are less than $50. Anything above $50 can’t be used in a federal campaign.
Some other donors that Geller has uncovered include:
– Good Will (employer: Loving You)
– Doodad Pro (employer: FDGFDGF)
– 81 donations from foreign countries ranging from 75 cents to $250 (on just one list)
– $24,321.41 from Monir and Hosam Edwan of Rafah, Gaza (a refugee camp)
– Over $500,000 from donors that are “not employed”
Obama’s Energy Plan: Tax Big Oil
At a town hall meeting in St. Petersburg, FL last week, Barack Obama proposed that consumers receive a $1,000 “emergency” rebate to combat energy prices. The rebate would be funded by a “windfall profits tax” levied on oil companies.
During his visit, Obama told the Palm Beach Post, “My interest is in making sure we’ve got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices.”
Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light wrote:
Let’s see. Mr. Obama’s plan is to further tax the only group who might help us lower energy costs any time in the immediate future.
And he wants to give that money to people who will have to pay the tax anyway — in the form of higher prices passed along by the oil companies.
So, in the final analysis, there will no real tax cut for anyone — just an increase in revenue for the government.
Obama’s Energy Plan, Part Two
At a campaign stop in Springfield, MO, Obama lectured the audience on what they can do to solve the energy crisis. He said, “We could save all the oil they’re talking about drilling if people would just inflate their tires.”
Son of Promise, Child of Hope
On September 2, Simon and Schuster will release the children’s book, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope. The author, Nikki Grimes, wrote on her website that she typically has 3-6 months to work on a book. However, for this project she was only given three weeks. Grimes said:
I knew almost nothing about Mr. Obama, so I had tons of research to do. I put myself on a reading diet of 100 pages a day. I read Dreams From My Father, and The Audacity of Hope, both by Barack Obama. I read a number of quotes, biographies, speeches and articles, some of them found online. Once I’d crammed as much information into my brain as I had time for, I began to write.
Apparently, the research on Obama wasn’t too hefty because Grimes said she finished writing her book a week early. Here’s a sample of the book’s verse:
One Sunday when Barack was sitting in church,
Barack heard God say, “Slow down,
Look around you.
Now look to me.
There is hope enough here
to last a lifetime.”
tears rolling down his cheeks.
Suddenly he knew for certain
Hope would last long enough
for him to make a difference.
Predictably, the mainstream media has praised the book as the winner among other books on presidential candidates. The Boston Globe pronounced, “In the Battle of the Books, Obama triumphs again.”