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Barack Obama and patriotism


You know what that Obama fella's problem is? His message is too subtle, too nuanced. He's talking to an electorate that cares whether or not he wears a little enameled pin on his lapel, and he's trying to explain why they should get all misty-eyed over ten little chunks of dry eighteenth-century prose on a piece of parchment. Except for the second one, it's pretty hard stuff to get a lump in your throat over.

Wouldn't you, as a red-blooded American, rather see a platoon of cheerleaders in cowboy boots and fringe marching across the field carrying the red, white and blue? I know I would.

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As an Obama supporter, how terribly disappointing is to watch Obama pandering and bending over both ways to put the Toxic Clintons in a pedestal and to have to beg them to campaign for Obama's election.

Most of us that wanted Obama to win over the Toxic Clinton Woman wanted it in order to put all of that in the past and to move forward, the polarization, the civil war of parties and classes. But these people, The Clintons and their people, are like that drunk uncle that keeps showing up at the family's parties unwanted and uninvited. 

And so now Obama opens his arms and invites them when we all know is that they will poison him and his campaign if they have a chance because they have a plan for 2012. If she plays a prominent role in his cabinet or campaign, it might lure many of us that were Obama "swing" observers to stay away from the polls and leave it all to chance.

It will be so nauseating and so deflating to many of us that look to new faces and change and that lived through that awful era of cigar sex and Monica's blue dresses (and monarchies by both the Clintons and the Bush families) to see that the Obama presidency, if elected, is just another 4 more years of Clintons running around in the White House.

Enough already. After this week our skinny Bamby Black Prince Obama lost his spunk and went on the stage of Unity and what he really looked more like another "yessum boss Uncle Tom" to the Clinton master. He practically said that the Clintons were the second coming of slice bread when all they have been doing for months is trying to poison his campaign. Oh well, how disappointing it is of the Democratic Party to have to go back to beg Mr. and Mrs. Toxic to support them because they are supposedly holding the cards with these millions of voters that votes for Mrs. Toxic.

Let's move on forward. The Clintons lost and as losers they should not be holding the winner hostage.

Half the people you see during the playing of our national anthem aren't paying attention, let alone have their hand over their heart. And lapel flag pins to not make anyone a patriot. If Obama continues to play the Clinton game, he's going to lose this election.

O.K. Somebody clue me. What did this cartoon have to do with the Clintons? The big change Barack can't seem to magage is to get us all to stop name calling.

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I like the idea behind the cartoon. Way too many people are not patriotic enough. But NOTE to Chan Lowe, the two guys in the picture should not have their hats on. Always remove hats when singing the National Anthem.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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