Barack Obama: I’m A Product. Be A Patriot And Buy Me!

As a New Yorker who did not vote for or support President Bush, I was somewhat pleasantly surprised by his speech to Congress on September 20, 2001 after the attacks of September 11th. For example, I was happy to hear him say that Muslims were not our enemies. Foolishly, I believed this meant that there would not be an ignorant hate campaign waged against all practitioners of Islam just because .0000001% of one billion were members of a terrorist group called Al Qaeda.

Of course, he didn’t mean much of it, as we have all found out to our sorrow. Clearly, Bush felt that 9/11 gave him license to wage an endless war on “terror.” But this wasn’t going to be a regular war. He knew Americans weren’t up for that. Thus, there would be no draft and very little shared sacrifice. Hey, go shopping! That’ll stop those darned terrists!

Americans are asking: What is expected of us? I ask you to live your lives, and hug your children. I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat.

I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith. (Applause.)

I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of information,, to find the names of groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it.

I ask for your patience, with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security; and for your patience in what will be a long struggle.

I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity. They did not touch its source. America is successful because of the hard work, and creativity, and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11th, and they are our strengths today. (Applause.) [emphasis added]

See? If you “participate in our economy,” i.e., go shopping, then Al Qaeda will be defeated. Whip out those credit cards, America! It’s your patriotic duty!

In his continuing attempt to become more Bush-like than Bush himself, Oba-Moi has come up with this, one more in a series of stinkers:

Let’s see what this symbol is telling us, and check the Bush factor on each message:

“Buying American” is patriotic. 

Bush Factor = 8 out of 10. Let’s face it, Bush wants us to go shopping, but not necessarily to buy American. Buying American is a good idea per se, if you can afford it – which of course, most upper-class Obama supporters can.

If you vote for Obama, you are buying an American.

Bush Factor = 12 out of 10. Bush was a fraudulent product of a careful marketing campaign by KKKarl Rove; a “compassionate conservative” who, as Governor of Texas, mocked death-row petitioners for clemency and was responsible for more executions than any other Governor in history. Obama is even more of a product than Bush – a “post-partisan, post-racial” candidate who has cracked his own party wide open with accusations of racism against Hillary, Bill and their supporters.  What’s amazing is that he is so open about it. But then, his supporters don’t seem to mind.

Real Americans vote for Obama.

Bush factor: 10 out of 10. You’re either with us, or against us.

I would say that this symbol is aimed at one audience: ObamaNation. I cannot imagine it swaying anyone who is not already convinced to vote for the Senator from Illinois. You would think that at some point (like, say, when he was defeated by an average of 40 points in Kentucky and West Virginia after Clinton had been declared electorally dead for four months), Obama would have realized that he faces a strong, determined opposition within his own party, and would have tried to win those folks over. But he never has, and never will. He had to be forced into granting Clinton what every other strong Democratic primary candidate has had in the past 100 years of Democratic Conventions: a floor vote and a prime speaking spot. Even Mike Huckabee, with less than 300 delegates, is saying he deserves a main role at the Republican Convention.  

I have never seen a political candidate so determined to divide the nation and dismiss and insult anyone who doesn’t fall under his spell.

Oh wait – yes, I have. He also claimed to be a uniter, not a divider.

How’d that work out for us?


11 responses to “Barack Obama: I’m A Product. Be A Patriot And Buy Me!

  1. Even though I think this is another really stupid logo, akin to the Great Faux Seal, from the comments at Politico his fan boyz are lovin it. Of course, he did get wild applause and cheers once for merely blowing his nose, fwiw.

  2. RalphB – Of course they love it. It’s meant for them.

    I doubt the bitter, clinging, xenophobic, racist rural Pennsylvanians it’s purportedly targeting will feel the same way.

  3. Who the hell comes up with this stuff….it is so juvenile and insulting to the intelligence of most Americans. This is classic of someone who is failing, who keeps throwing things against the wall, hoping something will stick. The only thing that sticks is the b.s. in our craws…NEWSFLASH:
    obama, we ain’t stupid. More and more are seeing you for the incompetent, inept, fratboy you are. Please spare us anymore b.s.


  4. Madamab, great post and 1000% accurate on the syllogy. This same type of effort was tried back in the 80’s — it died a rather quick and painless death. We can only hope history repeats…

  5. Is it too much to expect from a candidate to just state his positions and policy ideas, to explain what he believes in and how he/she came to those conclusions, to be honest and forthright while standing before the nation asking for consideration, or have we allowed the bar to be lowered to such a level that hype, glitz, and hoopla are the standard features of a campaign?

    One need not look to far afield to understand that the “dumbing down” of the nation has firmly taken hold when this stupidity applies to running for the highest office of the land.

  6. it looks like a 45 rpm record. my husband says it looks like a record that would have been distributed as advertising by American Airlines, back in the day when we played records.

  7. sister of ye

    Kiki, glad to see someone else noticed that, too. Of course, many if not most of Obama’s followers may never have seen a 45 – and probably view them as more of that tiresome 1960s/1970s history that should be discarded, just like women’s equality, the old civil rights movement, and any anti-war sentiment that doesn’t begin and end with Obama’s transforming yet somehow unrecorded 2002 speech.

    I’m wondering, is there a company called Tacky Graphics in Chicago? He’s sure giving them a lot of business.

  8. sister of ye

    Forgot to add – This logo is really a slap to the face to unions. They came up with the slogan to try to save American jobs, particularly against the Japanese auto companies. Even when they started manufacturing here, Japanese companies undercut the unions badly by refusing to deal them, then winning the PR war by painting working people who wanted decent wages and job security as whiny, dumb, lazy incompetents who were victimizing their upright companies. Of course, that’s one meme the American companies where happy to broadcast, too.

    Well, we’ve seen the results, as today even professionals who patted themselves on the back for not being worthless like those uneducated hicks are treated as disposable nuisances by the overpaid guys at the top.

    After denigrating unions as just another special interest, Obama thinks he can haul them on board by stealing their slogan. I won’t say it won’t work – Americans of all income and education levels have bought into things inexplicable to me. But if people want a jingostic, faux pro-working people politician, they’re more likely to go with the real Republican thing.

  9. more Bushlike .. more like more BullSh*t I thought that logo was a joke the first time I saw it …

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