Okay, I know I’m supposed to be revising BIRD BRAIN right now.
But I cannot let this insanity / audacity / hypocrisy go unremarked…
Apparently, the interview ended and then Obama came back to
make one more point which included this:
"The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base,
that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible."
"If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties,
we’d better fight in this election."
This from the guy who is basically the third term of G.W. Bush.
Obama is the guy who kept Guantanamo Bay open.
The guy who has an off-site prison in Bagram in which prisoners
are held, without being charged, in cells with the lights on and music playing 24/7.
The guy who has ordered the assassination of a U.S. citizen and has
invoked "state secrets" in refusing to give the target’s father a chance in court.
The guy who has lobbyfied and corporatized every aspect of his policies.
Obama wants to chastise me about civil liberties? Really?
Yesterday Joe Biden told people such as myself who aren’t happy with the above
(and a whole lot more), to "Stop whining."
And last week Obama, at a $3000/plate fundraiser, announced that dissatisfied people such as myself
are "griping and moaning."
They’d prefer we all focus our attention on the train wreck that is the Tea Party.
Sarah and Christine and the whole host of whackadoodles.
Because "look over there at the truly scary people!" rather than "look at how we’ve retreated
and declared outright war on every single campaign promise!"
Here’s my favorite comment on Glenn Greenwald’s post on the Rolling Stone article:
It seems that those who are left behind [reference to departure of key administration staffers] have decided to change the “Yes We Can’, which seems a little embarrassing now, to “If you don’t vote for me you’re an asshole.” It’ll be interesting to see how this new message resonates with the voters. – mattconnolly
Anyone have anything to add?
(ETA: If I’d read this first, I probably wouldn’t have bothered writing my post).