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Wednesday: Berliners’ Beer Googles Befuddle Barack

Maybe Obama has some kind of airplane cabin induced euphoria after his Grand Traipse through Europe. As Jonathan Weisman of WaPo’s The Trail notes (H/T to Taggles), he seems to be buying his own hype:

In his closed door meeting with House Democrats this evening, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama delivered a real zinger. According to a witness, he was waxing lyrical about last week’s trip to Europe, when he concluded, “this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for.”

The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives.

“I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions,” he said.

(SophieL finds more along these lines from Dana Milbank this morning)

Heavens! I don’t want a symbol for president. The next thing you know, he’ll be performing at Superbowl halftime shows behind a giant scrim onto which he can project his giant, er,

Does that thing hurt?

Does that thing hurt?

guitar.

Didn’t someone in his massive entourage tell him that most of the crowd was there to catch a buzz and quick afternoon snack? I hear the brauts in Berlin are pretty good. (Can someone work on the Brauts, Berlin, Barack tongue twister? I know it’s there somewhere) The rest of the crowd was CGI generated because it looks really good in the pictures splashed across the frontpage of the NYTimes.

Nawww, not our Schmoozer In Chief to be. At some point, even his miniscule conscience must start to bother him.  There he is, sitting on top of the world, in front of screaming throngs, knowing that he’s a cut throat lightweight with a razor thin CV.  It must seem unreal for him.  It seems unreal for *me* so I can only imagine the “Oh, $#%@!” thought going through his head.  If they discover that he’s a fraud, he’s done!  I’d be scared out of my wits.  So, there MUST be something there that the throngs want.  Something that only HE can give them.  Something that will make up for the incredibly vast empty sections of his resume.  That’s it!  He’s a symbol.

And they like him!  They REALLY like him.

In other news:

Obama’s campaign continues to flip us the bird according to this piece in the NYTimes called “Chance of Obama-Clinton ticket seen as increasingly unlikely”.  I find this article particularly amusing because many of the party loyalist Democrats went over to Obama after Clinton suspended because they were convinced that he would pick her as his running mate.  It made so much sense that it didn’t really need to be discussed.  It was a forgone conclusion.  “He *needs* her”, they’d assure me with a knowing smile.

Apparently not.  Either his campaign knows something that we do not, like the fact that they secretly implanted chips in our brains that they will activate on November 4 so that we all vote for him against our will, or they are the biggest collection of politically tone deaf operators we have ever seen.  Don’t get me wrong.  I wouldn’t want Hillary to take the VP slot anyway.  But as a courtesy, they needed to publicly offer it to her to gain the respect of her voters.  It was the polite thing to do.  Etiquette demanded it.

No, the Obama crew are determined to defyl logic and sensibility.  They’re risk takers, alright.  It must be an adrenaline rush to stick your hand in the mouth of victory to pull out almost certain defeat.  They don’t need us, they say to themselves.  They *have* to say that because the truth is terrifying.  It’s sort of like standing on that podium in Berlin.  They can’t let Hillary onto the ticket because she makes him look like the ethereal Invisible Man he is. Heck, they can’t even be seen together.  Therefore, she must campaign for Barack without him in the same venue, although, whether this is by the campaign’s choice or the lady’s is in question…

There is another possibility.  They could be copying the “in-your-face” stylings of their inspiration, Karl Rove.  Just do what you want to do and if people start complaining, kick it up a notch.  BAM!  What are they going to do about it?  They got nowhere else to go.  Well, when you put it that way, I HAVE to not vote for Obama.  Otherwise, I am contributing the the Republicanization of the Democratic Party.

The Obama Campaign must secretely be working for Clinton because every day they pull this kind of $#@%, I come to loathe them more and am more convinced that Hillary is the only person who can win this for the Democrats.  Yep, that’s got to be it because no campaign in its right mind pulls this crap *before* they win the election.  It’s just stupid.  Even Karl knows that.

Monday: Big O and the Obots

Is the crowd real or CGI enhanced?

Q: Is the crowd real or CGI enhanced?

A-Haa!  The truth comes out.  The best way to get HUGE numbers of young enthusiastic people to turn out to an Obama rally is to lure them with that rock-n-roll, bratwurst and beer.  From gateway pundit comes a description of how they did it:

OBAMA Lures Massive German Crowd With Rock Bands, Brats & Beer!

CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN—

The choreographed Obamapalooza Tour 2008 continues in Berlin today complete with with rock bands, beer and brats.
Oh… And, German campaign flyers.

But remember- It’s not a political rally.
The German newspaper Berliner Morganpost reported on the rally today (translated):

The speech will begin clock to 19 and up about 20 clock time. Admission to the event area is from 16 clock. At 16 clock begins the inlet to Obama spectacle on the streets of the 17th June. For the spectators, the further back have been enlarged picture screens.

To the waiting time of up to the speech of the presidential candidates to shorten a second stage built on the musical framework programme to take place. The German Reggeasänger Patrice and the German pop band Reamonn 17.30 from occur there. Before and during the breaks, the British disc jockey Mantu.

Snack and drink stalls are also up – the area is converted Fabnmeile-Obama.

Hat Tip Dan

To many of you, this is old news, especially to those of you living in the Portland area where it was done before the Oregon primary and THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of Sports Illustrated Sweimsuit Models with PhDs in Architecture paddled their kayaks to a different Obama rally:

From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama’s Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.

Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars The Decemberists. The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007’s The Crane Wife.

Now, as we mentioned before, two points are probably sufficient data for a biologist to draw a conclusion but we chemists need at least three. Fortunately for us, we may already have a third point. It’s called Invesco Field. How do you get 80,000 ordinary people into a stadium to spend some time with a bunch of political types? Think about it. What would it take to get *us* to spend time listening to Barack Obama, I mean, without earplugs and dramamine? The only thing that would get me in there is a Broncos game, U2 or Bruce Springsteen. I’m guessing the Broncos aren’t playing; I’m going with Bruce. Or the Dixie Chicks, whose normally astute Natalie Mains has donated to Obama. (I’m burning their songs on my iPhone.)

But why does Obama have to bribe voters in Oregon and the newly created congressional district of Berlin to get people to come and cheer for him? Did JFK or Reagan have to do that? Why isn’t his amazing record and speechmaking enough? (Don’t answer that) Or maybe it’s because his whole persona is a manufactured one, conjured up by some Madison Avenue type to meet a demand that did not exist before this election season. And if the demand isn’t really there then co-marketing and tie-ins and special bonus offers are necessary to entice the disinterested.

He’s like Teddy Ruxpin, Cabbage Patch Dolls and pet rocks. Artificially animated, oversold and useless.

Can we have Hillary back now?