McCain the Ascender, Obama the Condescender

No rational person could believe that John McCain did himself any harm at the Saddleback Forum on Saturday night.  In fact, he did himself a lot of good with conservatives.

With the spiritual qualifications of Commander in Chief on the line, the back-to-back interviews of Obama and McCain was like comparing John the Baptist to Johnny Fever. McCain talked assertively and crisply about his moral failings, his moral compass, and the source of his moral strength, Jesus Christ.  It was all done in the quintessential self-deprecating manner that Americans have become comfortable with. Saturday night was the best example of why so many independent voters like John McCain.

Barack Obama on the other hand, demonstrated once again why the more we get to see him, the less reason we have to identify with him. Polite people say Obama, the man who reads a great speech, simply doesn’t come across as well as John McCain as a conversationalist because he doesn’t have the Arizona senator’s experience. On Saturday night, even the polite had to admit that, while experience is a key issue when selecting a president, it is our collective experience of Obama’s character deficit that keeps us from boarding Barack Obama’s Double Talk Express.

While McCain is the master of self deprecation, Obama is all about self- inflation. The result is deadly for someone seeking leadership. After he pumps up his balloon with the helium of his own vanity, he then lets it soar above the crowd. McCain looks you in the eye. Obama drops pellets in your eye, the pellets of condescension.

It was in December of 2007 that Barack Obama was caught by the mainstream media condescending to average folk. It was a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, where ABC reported that Obama was addressing voters, discussing his work on ethics reform legislation. It included a meal ban. Obama said that a fellow senator was giving him a hard time about the bill, and said to Obama, "What do you expect me to just start eating at McDonalds all the time?" According to Obama, he told the unhappy senator, "You get paid $160,000, you can afford Applebee’s. You don’t even have to stoop so low as to eat at McDonalds."

ABC News reported "Some in the crowd were seen raising their eyebrows as Obama, the man who touts himself from the South Side of Chicago, critiqued the popular food chain."

Back in the snows of New Hampshire Barack Obama, who had been touted as a man who could  transcend  race and partisan politics and everything else that needed transcending, he was indeed something different. He was a condescending candidate.

On that night he condescended to Democratic voters and it is one reason why he was beaten by Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

Months later the mainstream media had no choice to air the words that offended a Democratic voter in California, who manage to tape Obama at a private fund raiser, explaining to wealthy California donors why he was having problems generating enthusiasm in the small towns of Pennsylvania. That’s when he condescended again to ordinary folk by telling the well heeled that the  voters in rural Pennsylvania were bitter people, clinging to their guns, and bibles and bigotry.

He followed that up in his famous speech on race by condescending to his white grandmother, comparing her muted private expressions about her fear of black men to the  Reverend Wright’s very public expressions of hatred toward white men and white women like Hillary who had the audacity to challenge anointed one. Obama should be given credit as an equal opportunity condescender.  Within weeks of throwing his granny under his campaign bus he dissed spiritual adviser Jeremiah Wright and then went on to lecture and hector black men about shirking their responsibilities to family. Jesse Jackson had felt the sermon was so condescending that he was heard on an open mike saying he wanted to do rude things to the Obama oysters.

In the House of the Lord on Saturday night August 16th, 2008, Barack Obama’s Audacity of Duplicity tour continued. The evening at Saddleback Church was billed as an opportunity for the presidential candidates to tell America how faith informs their politics. The host, best-selling author Rick Warren opened up the forum by saying that while he believed in the separation of church and state, he was opposed to the separation of faith and politics. And so he was very direct in asking Obama to tell the voters what being a Christian really meant to the candidate.

The candidate talked about his belief in Christ’s promise of redemption. The Senator said, "it means that those sins that I have on a fairly regular basis hopefully will be washed away." It is not for us to speculate on a decision only the Lord could make on which direction to take Obama’s soul. But one wonders how the primary voters in New Hampshire, who might have forgiven him for his elitist slip back in December, are still in a forgiving mood after Obama wheeled out yet another version of events nine months later.

In the latest version of events when the recalcitrant senator asked Obama if he was now expected to become a regular at McDonalds, Obama said,

"And I thought well, 24 actually, a lot of our constituents probably do eat at McDonalds so that wouldn’t be such a bad thing."

If that’s what Obama was really thinking, why did he supposedly tell the senator that he wouldn’t have to stoop so low as to eat at McDonalds. When one hears the two versions, one is left to conclude that the conversation with the unnamed senator is probably just one more violation of that cumbersome commandment about bearing false witness. In secular language, the former Liar in Chief, Bill Clinton summed it best when discussing Barack Obama’s public storytelling. "The whole thing is just a fairy tale."