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Obama Defines Obama

saint_obama1“Ich bein ein New Democrat.”  “I am a New Democrat.”  That’s what President Black Obama said at a meeting of New Democrats.  Of course, unlike John Kennedy in Berlin, he didn’t say it in German, though, had he been at a gathering of chicken dippers, he probably would have amended his declaration to profess his unambiguous affiliation with…chicken dippers, whatever they are.  Thus, the self-proclaimed “blank screen” that is the Obamessiah assumes a Paulian characterization for himself.  From the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 9:20-22:

20And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

21To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

22To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Politico reports the surprising declaration with the appropriate sense of awe it deserves, given the Artful Dodger’s previous reluctance to be as labeled, be it as liberal, Socialist, centrist, whatever:

President Barack Obama firmly resists ideological labels, but at the end of a private meeting with a group of moderate Democrats Tuesday afternoon he offered a statement of solidarity.

“I am a New Democrat,” he told the New Democrat Coalition, according to two sources at the White House session.

The group is comprised of centrist Democratic members of the House, who support free trade and a muscular foreign policy but are more moderate than the conservative Blue Dog coalition.

Obama made his comment in discussing his budget priorities and broader goals, also calling himself a “pro-growth Democrat” during the course of conversation.

White House officials stressed that Obama was not making any declarations, but rather pointing out that he was in sync with many of the group’s principles.

Of course the Obacolytes had to walk that one back.  For He Who Is Who He Is cannot afford to be labeled until the Obacratic wing of the Obacratic party figures out how to successfully Astroturf market that brand name beyond the subconsciousness of the denizens of ObamaLand.  Interestingly, The ObaOne did not align himself with any of the other Democratic factions he’s met with recently:

Last week Obama met with the left-leaning Congressional Black Caucus, before that he met with the conservative-leaning Blue Dogs.

Notice you haven’t heard any jaw-dropping reports of the Teflon TelePrompTer Reader being overheard saying, “I am a Black and Blue Democrat,” have you?  The reason for jumping on the “New Democrat” bandwagon and not the “black” or “Blue Dog” ones, is simple.  Those are far too restrictive and definitive.  As a “centrist New Democrat” not officially affiliated with the vile Clintonesque Democratic Leadership Council, the ObaMaster is free to be right-wing when it suits him, liberal when it doesn’t, and centrist if you say so, without the burden of that Clintonian affectation, the dreaded “triangulation,” a very dirty word, indeed.

However, I suspect ObiWon’s self-description is being misinterpreted.  By “New Democrat,” I’m sure he meant, “New kind Of Democrat to be defined by me whenever necessary, as I see fit.”  Because the “New Democrats” he now acknowledges, couldn’t be the same DLC “New Democrats” he categorically denied being a part of when they named him “hot new stuff” back in 2003.  From Black Commentator:

“I am not currently, nor have I ever been, a member of the DLC,” said Obama, in a statement that substantially reflects a telephone conversation with Associate Editor Bruce Dixon, this weekend. “It does appear that, without my knowledge, the DLC…listed me in their ‘New Democrat’ directory,” Obama continued. “Because I agree that such a directory implies membership, I will be calling the DLC to have my name removed, and appreciate your having brought this fact to my attention.”

And, just to be clear, I’m sure the Shape Shifter-in-Chief was not referring to his membership in the socialist New Party, cuz, geez, that would be wrong.

And, he ain’t no feminist, either.  Good thing some girls feel lucky to get anything from a guy they like.  Otherwise, you might expect feminists to be pissed at being thrown the bone of a Valerie Jarrett-led White House Council on Women and Girls instead of getting the cabinet-level Office on Women they were seeking.

The new council does not have Cabinet rank, however. In fact, it is not even a permanent office with staff devoted full-time to women’s issues. However, one signatory to the December letter said yesterday she was satisfied with Obama’s action, at least so far.

“We’ve been holding back to see what the administration was going to do,” Susan Scanlan of the National Council of Women’s Organizations said. “Tina Tchen who has the women’s portfolio in our office has been most reassuring. Every time we ask for a meeting, she’s there. Every time we have an issue, she covers it.”

Asked about the earlier request, Scanlan said, “At one time, we were going to ask for a Cabinet-level office. We decided to hold back . . I’m going to withhold judgment. It’s certainly more than we have I had in the last eight years. We’re pretty happy with this administration.”

Take it for what it’s worth, Ms. Magazine.  He’s just being like St. Paul; whatever you want him to pretend to be to gain and save you.

I keep trying to tell y’all.

Cross posted @ Cinie’s World

55 Responses

  1. Obama is Obama!

  2. Mr. Big Stuff! Love it!!

  3. “We decided to hold back”???

    God, and I thought this long awful day couldn’t get any worse.

  4. Interesting how he was in such a hurry to put a label on himself after NYT asked him if he was a Socialist, and was was rattled he felt the need to call back.

    He’s still rattled.

    So, is he saying that New Democrat=Socialist, and if you’re not one, you’re no New Democrat?

    Is he stealing labels now?

    Gawd, he’s soooooooooooooo lost.

  5. “At one time, we were going to ask for a Cabinet-level office. We decided to hold back . . I’m going to withhold judgment. It’s certainly more than we have I had in the last eight years. We’re pretty happy with this administration.”

    And Rihanna is very happy with Chris Brown.

  6. “Because the “New Democrats” he now acknowledges, couldn’t be the same DLC “New Democrats” he categorically denied being a part of when they named him “hot new stuff” back in 2003.”

    LOL Ah, yes, how well I remember the whole “Hillary is TEH EVIL because she belongs to the DNC–Obama is Our Savior because while he seems to espouse many of the same ideas as the DLC, he doesn’t actually, officially, belong to the organization. Maybe!” Not to be confused with the whole “Hillary voted for the flag burning law, that’s a gross betrayal, I’m just going to erroneously assume that Obama didnt, because it would be foolish to do actually take the trouble to find out if if the issue means that much to me! Everyone who is named Hillary who voted for this thing is TEH EVIL!”

    I have to say, I’m as far as I can be from the DLC (apologies to Liberal rapture guy who thinks we’re all supposed to be moderate because he says so), but I think it was actually this that put a lot of ABH people on the path to being Clinton supporters. When we couldn’t get answers at to why he was given a free pass on things we all agreed were negatives with her from our prespective, it kind of started to come together a little bit.

  7. OOOOOoooooooo!

    Mistah Big Stuff, that song!

    It defined an era!

    It did.

    At any rate, it certainly defined the feminist worldview —–

    He would do well to listen to Glen Ford.

  8. Obama = change, er, shapeshifting

  9. Like New Labour -that did wonders for Britain too.

    Old Labour hated the war.

  10. Blair (media darling) was an elite prep/university product -his father was Conservative. (unlike Gordon Brown scholarship made -media punchbag)

    I cannot get over Obama inviting McGuiness -news of that was followed by the IRA executions of two policemen…

    He must be in Ayers’ pocket as far as world view goes.

    McGuinness joined the IRA around 1970 at the age of 20, after the Troubles broke out. By the start of 1972, at the age of 21, he was second-in-command of the IRA in Derry, a position he held at the time of Bloody Sunday.
    He was convicted by the Republic of Ireland’s Special Criminal Court in 1973, after being caught with a car containing 250 lb (113 kg) of explosives and nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition.


  11. Just wanted to add-then I’ll be off, tv here in Italy this morning had news of Obama wanting service providers to block blogs that use r@cist or violent expressions.

    • tell more, Laurie

      • Sorry don’t know anymore. The anchorwoman immediately started spouting off about the situation over here, legally as regards violent matter on the web.

  12. Just wanted to thank you for all your wonderful music cinie. 😉

  13. “…denizens of ObamaLand..” – *snort* Love it. Gives it that perfect touch of surreal.

    Re Blair and schools –

    There’s nothing wrong with prep schools, elite schooling or public schooling. It’s what you do with that schooling, how you turn out, that matters.

    I lke Blair, and New Labour did a lot of good. I was a LibDem before he came along, and voted against him the first time. Second time, I voted for him and haven’t regretted it at all.

    Will I vote for Gordon and Labour now? No. I may change my mind when election rolls around, depending on what’s been done and what’s pending.

    It’s like TC and the Pumas have said – principle, not party. Policies, not person.

    And I’m public schooled, btw, with some convent schooling too, here and there.

    • Although when a person like Hillary comes along, it becomes one lovely whole of principle + policies + person, and that’s why I’m a total Hillfan.

      In case you’re wondering why a Brit is so darn interested in your politics.

      Also, now there’s the added worry of how O will affect my bit of world. Hence, more reason to be interested.

      • I would worry too much about what he does to you guys. The most interest he seems to have is in sending you Region 1 dvds as gifts.

        • I wish it would be limited to pettiness. I sincerely doubt it though.

          Besides, ripples. What affects you, affects us, intentionally or not, whether we want to be connected or not.

    • Will you go back to LibDem or Cameron? just curious…

      • I wish I knew. It’s kinda murky over here, no clear choice I can see.

        LibDems have become energised – which, if you know Brit politics, isn’t really saying much when it comes to LibDems. I have doubts about whether they could handle governing Britain.

        Cameron – funnily enough, despite criticism of Blair all over the place, Cameron is basically styled on Blair. And his Conservative party? Styled as New Conservatives. They took London, and the Con Mayor, Boris, publicly supported O, which peed me off immensely.

        I want good policies and competency in execution, so basically, more than likely, it will come down to Labour or Con. Unless the LibDems gear up immensely and impress. Unlikely, unfortunately.

        • Hi Arkachips. Prep schools are called Public schools (Eton, Harrow) in the UK, and called Private schools (Andover, Exeter) in the US. Maybe everyone knew that..

          If the liberal democrats can’t make a move now, when new labour has been disavowed and the conservatives will be shackled with the financial meltdown, then the libdems don’t really deserve to be in the mix. Is anyone batting yet for the liberal dems?

          • Public, private, grammar, comp etc etc *sigh* – I prefer the terms private and state schools, makes it all quite clear I think.

            And I meant I was educated in state schools.

            On to libdems – Clegg leads, and not many know that *g* – I wouldn’t recognise him if I saw him either. They’re talking the talk, but not many people are aware of that. Or care. I do think people are reluctant to take risks right now, when everything is so uncertain, and the libdems are tainted with the ‘head in the clouds, too liberal’ badge.

            A clear direction, secure grasp on the reins, level head, fight for the little people – these are things they haven’t convinced the masses they can deliver.

            However, there is a chance out there. Because Labour and the Cons are practically neck to neck now, there is talk of a coalition with the Cons should there be a hung Parliament come the election.

          • So I guess the general election will be this June, not next. And depending on the outcome, the PM will be Cameron, Clegg, or Brown. Is Boris Johnson in the mix at all? I gather he’s a Conservative, wild hair and all, but endorsed Obama. Wondering if Obama is waiting to return the favor.

  14. Inky left some wonderful videos yesterday of Paul Keating the economist and ex-Australian PM explaining the global financial crisis. They are excellent


    this is part one-for the rest you will have to go to Youtube.

  15. I distinctly remember reading last summer that the DLC endorsed Obama but decided to call little publicity to the event. Not unlike Sharpton.

    • Obama was always DLC. He wouldn’t have raised all that corporate/financial sector money without DLC backing. Anyone who bought his fake pullout from DLC was naive beyond belief.

  16. Cinie: I love this post. How witty and clever you are! Thanks for the laughter — I really needed it this morning. You always have good insights too. I love love love the reference to St. Paul. Brilliant!

  17. “We’re pretty happy with this administration.” Scanlon

    Hahahahaha. And I’m pretty happy with my lukewarm coffee this a.m.

    • Yes, and we’re happy with earning 67 cents vs. every dollar men earn. After all, it could be worse, right? We should be happy with our washing machines and not be demanding the right the decide what happens to our bodies. Let’s just be grateful for what we get….

      • Hi, bb. And I’m pretty happy with Valerie Jarrett leading on women’s issues. Nothing in her Wikipedia article mentioned any interest in women’s issues. She has Obama’s back first, and I’m not sure if we’re even on her radar. But then Bush didn’t even give us false hope. Ergo, I’m pretty happy…………….

        • thought this was an interesting comment from someone at alegre’s corner

          he needs to be sure NARAL
          endorses him over the woman candidate (again)!!!

          I guess if you hold a Council on Women, which is run by Women and About Women and For Women than you can say to all American Women …. “see you don’t need to elect one, you’ve got ME”…

          Hillary friend and one of the founders of Vital Voices Global Partnershp Melanne Verveer, was named ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. Hillary chose her (even though Obama is given the credit)

          Melanne Verveer tapped to be Clinton’s Global Women’s Issues chief

          President Obama Announces Key State Department Appointments

          WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key State Department posts: Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organizations; Phil Gordon, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs; and Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

          Secretary Clinton said, “In my testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I spoke about the use of smart power. At the heart of smart power are smart people, and these talented individuals are among the smartest I know. Along with the entire State Department team, I will count on and turn to these individuals for their expertise, experience, and creative vision to make good on the promises of this new Administration.”

          Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
          Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders – pioneers of economic, political and social progress in their countries. Prior to founding Vital Voices, Verveer served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration and was chief assistant to then First Lady Hillary Clinton in her international activities. Verveer also took the lead in establishing the President’s Interagency Council on Women, which serves as a model for governments to address issues of concern to women.

          Previously, Verveer served as Executive Vice President of People for the American Way, a civil rights and constitutional liberties organization where she played a key role in the passage of several landmark civil rights bills. She was Coordinator for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for the U.S. Catholic Conference, Field Manager of Common Cause and worked in the U.S. House and Senate as Legislative Director and Special Assistant respectively. Verveer is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, the Washington Institute on Foreign Affairs and Women In International Security.

          The President’s decision to nominate an Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues is unprecedented and reflects the elevated importance of global women’s issues to the President and his entire Administration.


          • This sounds like good news! Looks like we can look to Hillary to have our backs internationally, while Obama makes ambiguous gestures at home.

          • The President’s decision to nominate an Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues is unprecedented and reflects the elevated importance of global women’s issues to the President and his entire Administration.

            lol! I’m sure that was HIS idea! Hillary, lifelong women’s rights pioneer just happens to be SOS. He’s always stealing her ideas.

    • Yea, what’s their rationalization? Uh…he’s better than Bush.

      That’s saying a hell of a lot. Really reachin’ for the stars aren’t ya?

    • like a boil on the backside….

  18. I agree that “new” was meant to distance themselves from those icky “old” Democrats – that used to represent the working people, civil rights and other such bothersome causes.
    B0bots however can take pride in their own echo chamber propaganda machine. And they do! See them bragging

  19. Is this like the New Coke? Remember how that woked out…..

  20. am in moderation

  21. Wonderful post, Cinie – I love your writings.

  22. Well, Camille Paglia sees all the problems surrounding BO as his STAFF’S fault. Poor Bambi, he just needs to fire all the people around him and then his true genius will shine. How the hell did she think he got here in the first place? Without Axelrove, he’d still be scheming with Rezko in Chicago.

    Heads should roll

    Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship.

    President Obama — in whom I still have great hope and confidence — has been ill-served by his advisors and staff.


  23. Camille Paglia is vile. I think she’s in love with Hillary.

    Anyway, any “Angel” fans out there? I was thinking about this: Obama is just like Jasmine! Remember her? The evil being that hypnotized the world into a bunch of brainless “shiny happy people?” Only Fred can see the truth of how evil Jasmine is – and everyone tries to kill her for it? It’s positively prophetic.

    • And yet, Whedon supported O.

      *big, big sigh*

    • Present! And yeah, I called the Jasmine factor months ago when a few of us were mulling this over. I offered them the back story and the moment when the mask falls of (I was still hoping someone would do this in time). This was the video I offered as illustration:

  24. Some one please delete this douchebag @ 10:22 a.m.

  25. Obama says repent for being racist

  26. […] not a socialist, what IS he? Obama: ‘I am a New Democrat’ (Politico, thanks to Cinie at The Confluence) President Barack Obama firmly resists ideological labels, but at the end of a private meeting with […]

  27. edgeoforever, on March 11th, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Is it true that most liberal lawmakers endorsed Hillary?

  28. Cinie, you think Barry has read Sartre’s Being and Nothingness. Maybe he didn’t have to.

    Seriously though, a question. Do Blue Dogs have to be from the South, and do they speak for the DLC.

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