Letter to ChiTrib: Chicago Tribune 2007 Obama endorsement - then and now...
Chicago Saturday PM 30 October 2010
Editors, The Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune Editorial “Endorsing reform” of Thursday 28 October responds to claims that it “reflexively has endorsed Republicans for Tuesday's election” by pointing out that “hordes of Republican activists” are still steaming that in 2008 the Tribune “endorsed Barack Obama for president ….”
Yes, that proud Tribune editorial of Sunday 19 October 2008, opening with the startling statement “Now we have an election in which we will [may] choose the first African-American president....” A non-black person with Obama's resume would have needed to buy his own bus ticket to Iowa in January 2008, and been lucky to have been met by even his grandmother.
After all, exactly what credentials did Obama have for assuming any position requiring more executive experience than needed to hire babysitters for his own children?
The editorial refers to Obama as an “effective state senator.” Tribune leaders have been following the Illinois State Senate for 163 years, so are well aware that a state senator's only duties are to 1) get elected, and 2) sit at a little desk and wait for their party leader to come around and tell them how to vote on the next bill. Should the senator vote otherwise, he wll not get a chance to do item #1 above again.
More Obama Resume: International experience: 5 crucial pre-teen years slogging through the mud of Indonesia. Military experience: watching an occasional parade. Work history: Twelve years as a non-tenure-tracked instructor in Constitutional law. Then of course, a long career as a Community Organizer. For those unfamiliar with the term, it's a Chicago euphemism for 'Democrat vote hustler' (like State Senator, it has its rules: you get a list of voters every two years. If any of them miss voting in the following biennial election, goodbye Community Organizer career.)
The editorial continued: “The Republicans lost control of the U.S. House and Senate in 2006 because... they gave the nation rampant spending....” US Treasury Department figures show the first 6 Bush administation years with an average $20 billion monthly deficit. With the able assistance of the the 2007 incoming Democrat congress, they were able to boost that monthly average to $35 billion. The Democrat congress led by Barack Obama in just 20 months has raised that average monthly deficit fo $135 billion.
You wrote further that Obama “...would celebrate our common values instead of exaggerate our differences. Examples: referring to “Stupid Cambridge Police,” to his grandmother as “... a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction in her that doesn't go away...," referring to working-class voters; "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them....”
The editorial's top demonstation of over-the-top conclusion-jumping may be saying John McCain “failed in his most important executive decision....” naming Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, claiming that “it's clear she is not prepared to step in at a moment's notice and serve as president.”
The four top 2008 candidates were unique in having only 22 month's executive experience between them. As previosuly noted, none of this was Obama's, nor Biden's, nor even McCain's. And you said Palin was unprepaired to be President? Also, Palin was the chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission for 2 years. If Delaware, Arizona, and Illinois can scrape up an 'Oil and Gas' commission between then, neither Obama, McCain, nor Biden came close to being its chair.
Is the Chicago Tribune editorial board capable of admitting it's first Democrat Presidential endorsment has turned out to be it's worst ever?
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