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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why Lie?

When the truth is so absolutely reasonable and above-board: President-Elect Obama and Governor Blagojevich spoke about the Senate appointment when, as reported, they met on November 5th. There is nothing illegal or unusual about this, and one has got to be a fool to think it didn't happen at some point.

So why would Barack Obama attempt to distance himself THIS much, when a simple explanation would've sufficed? Why is getting any information which is completely normal to expect (like original birth certificates, school and medical records) and which do not contain one grain of anything manifestly damning, suddenly become matters to stonewall or outright lie about, like "he's just a guy in my neighbourhood"?

Can't he see that this raises questions, when none at all would exist if he just played ball, thereby making him look like he has something to hide? As a person who hates those who make hay of such incidents, I dread this tendency on the President-Elect's part, since it just leads to precisely these conspiratorial scenarios.

Here is the report on that day by a KHQA journalist, Carol Sowers. Unfortunately, the direct link is no longer available, having been mysteriously erased. It's preserved here.

Ill. governor meeting with Obama today

By Carol Sowers
Wednesday, November 05, 2008

CHICAGO, ILL. — Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

That’s one of Obama’s first priorities today.

He’s meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.

Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement.

There’s already been speculation about his selection…from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Chicago’s south side who co-chaired Obama’s presidential campaign, to recently-retired state senate president Emil Jones, to the governor himself.

It’s likely the governor will make his decision quickly so the new senator will get some seniority before newly-elected senators take office in January.

Part of the timing depends on when Obama officially vacates his senate seat.

Get used to stuff going down the memory hole with anything related to Obama, kids. Once is a coincidence, but many times is a pattern. This is a reckless attitude to have. I wonder what it will ultimately lead to. I wonder how much we will know, if and when it does.

IN THE COMMENTS: Ron goes back to the future.

I own a game entitled "Republic of Rome." The genius of this game is that the individual players represent Roman familia, each of whom advance by exploiting the State, each instance of which causes some small degree of harm. But if the entire Roman state collapses or falls into dictatorship, all the players lose! So you must extract your pound of flesh while convincing others of the nobility of their not doing so!

Does this remind you of any, say, present day governments? There you go!

There you go, indeed. As I said below, there is nothing new under the sun.

Well, very little that is truly new, anyway.

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5 Comments:

  • Boy, Vic, you perfectly expressed what I've felt about him also. It makes me fear a more Nixonian response from him about things that really could be bad!

    A simple direct answer would serve him so much better.

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Dec 11, 08:53:00 am GMT-5  

  • "Once is a coincidence, but many times is a pattern"

    Great post!

    By Blogger Ms Calabaza, at Thu Dec 11, 09:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • A simple direct answer would serve him so much better.

    It's that he feels he can get away with it I think, Ron. I just watched him in a press conference and he was smiling away in that boyish grin, "I won't mention what he [Blagojevich] said about me. This is a family show, I know."

    There were giggles from the press corps.

    And there we go. Maybe he won't get away with it with Fitzgerald, at some later opportunity, but with the press, he knows it's in the bag.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 11, 02:27:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thanks, Ms. Calabaza! This new computer is a godsend -- I haven't stopped posting. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 11, 02:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I own a game entitled "Republic of Rome." The genius of this game is that the individual players represent Roman familia, each of whom advance by exploiting the State, each instance of which causes some small degree of harm. But if the entire Roman state collapses or falls into dictatorship, all the players lose! So you must extract your pound of flesh while convincing others of the nobility of their not doing so!

    Does this remind you of any, say, present day governments? There you go!

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Dec 11, 02:49:00 pm GMT-5  

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