Thursday, November 06, 2008

Congratulations President-Elect Barack Obama

President-Elect Barack Obama
. . . reputed to be 'inexperienced'
(Image from Wikipedia)

Congratulations are due to Barack Obama for overcoming the longshot odds that he faced at the beginning of his long, long, loooong campaign, and while some critics claim that Obama lacks experience, I would argue that he now has a lot of experience in campaigning and is therefore well prepared to wind down the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq, to pursue the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan, to undertake the U.S.-led 'war-on-poverty' campaign in the financial sector, and to assume control of the various other U.S.-led campaigns currently underway.

Yes, the United States is engaged in various campaigns, but Obama is ready for more campaigning, and I propose the following campaign song:
The Campaign Song
Oh, I think we may maintain
that Obama can campaign!
We hardly need explain
that he's got a campaign-brain!

Yes, he can campaign!
Yes, he can campaign!
Yes, he can!
Yes, he can!
Yes, he can campaign!

Oh, conservies, don't complain,
for Obama can campaign!
Why, he out-campaigned McCain!
Even Clinton felt his pain!

Yes, he can campaign!
Yes, he can campaign!
Yes, he can!
Yes, he can!
Yes, he can campaign!

Oh, we might sound not quite sane,
but Obama can campaign!
He'll prove each bane-foe vain
in an eight-year campaign-reign!

Yes, he can campaign!
Yes, he can campaign!
Yes, he can!
Yes, he can!
Yes, he can campaign!
Now, if only President-Elect Obama will adopt this little chant as his theme song, I will be able to make scads of money from the royalties and retire in luxurious style.

All joking aside, congratulations to Barack Obama for making history yesterday . . . and good luck with what comes tomorrow.



At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The long nightmare of the Bush presidency and of Republican rule is over.

For that, let us give thanks.

Let us pray there will now be Peace in the Valley.

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'm expecting a millennial reign.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:46 AM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

do not give up your day job!

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Jeanie, in the imminent millennial reign, we can all give up our day jobs.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently heard a man named Ravi Zacharias, a Christian commentator and lecturer, who was quoting someone whose name I can't recall.
The quote was something on this order, though not exact:
A democratic society will function until the members learn that they can legislate for themselves free funds from the government. They will then vote for those who will promise them the most benefits. Then that society will become more and more dependent on the government, will lose their iniative to work for and defend their way of life. Eventually that society will crumble and finally fail, leading to a dictatorship.
It looks as this is where our American society is headed, if present trends continue.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Perhaps, Uncle Cran, but Americans might not yet be ready to pay the high taxes necessary for such social welfare programs.

Even the Europeans are thinking about cutting back.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will certainly hope for the best, pray for our new President elect, support him in endeavors I agree with, and reserve judgment until I see his policies put into operation.
He ran a brilliant compaign, is an accomplished orator, has a good personality, and is obviously intelligent.
He deserves the time to demonstrate his leadership and judgment.

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Uncle Cran, I think Obama has the gifts to make a great president even though he stands to the left of center and holds some positions that I disagree with. If he can guide us securely through our financial crisis and steer us safely through our foreign affairs, then he will have done a more-than-competent job.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A democratic society will function until the members learn that they can legislate for themselves free funds from the government."

Do the "members" of Congress qualify here? Former CEO's of Goldman Sachs who go on to "public service" as Treasury Secretaries?


At 1:56 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

You mean . . . you mean the bailout isn't being done out of selfless disinterest?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I suppose I may be overly skeptical, maybe cynical. I suppose I should give the benefit of the doubt.

But where the guys that control the "purse strings" are concerned, who under Conservative Tom Delay decided that the necessity of voting annually for pay increases was incurring too much "notice" decided to pass a bill that made increases automatic.

So. I suppose former Wall Street guys who bailout current Wall Street guys may be selfless disinterest. After all, the former guys didn't know that the current guys would then spend the money on spa treatments and hunting trips.

But I do wonder that at least in the case of the hunting trips, the current guys didn't invite the Vice President-so maybe it was selfless?

Wish you hadn't framed your retort like that. Now I feel bad for all those Congressmen and AIG executives.


At 5:51 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, there's certainly great irony in the fact of the biggest capitalists begging for a government handout.

However, the bailout might be necessary to save the capitalist system from a deep depression.

I simply don't know.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:22 AM, Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

"... if only President-Elect Obama will adopt this little chant as his theme song, I will be able to make scads of money from the royalties and retire in luxurious style."

Jeffery, you sound unpatriotic. Don't you know Biden says you have to pay taxes to be patriotic? You have to spread the wealth around! It's your moral and patriotic duty. As the BO says, since when did selfishness become a virtue?

Or maybe you are just a simplistic Republican. As Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) says:

" ... a Republican Administration who believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.. "

At 3:55 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

CIV, I suppose that if I speak seriously about taxes (instead of satirically), I would agree that paying taxes is 'patriotic' -- to the extent that the taxes are necessary for financing the proper functioning of government.

(Of course, one's opposition to 'inappropriate' taxes should be expressed politically.)

As for 'spreading the wealth around', that is an effect of some taxation, but it should not be the aim.

For example, a strong military is essential, and it does 'spread the wealth around' through paying soldiers' salaries, funding technological research, and financiing military contracts, but to establish a military with those three conceived primarily as methods of 'spreading the wealth around' would be foolish, for this would ignore the central reason for having a military.

I think that this understanding can be applied generally to all taxation.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a variety of opinions on this blog.
I voted for both Sr and Jr Bush, and also John McCain, and have no regrets for my choices.
Others voted for Obama, which is their right also.
We are all American citizens, and still have the right to vote for and speak up for our choices.
Let's all try to respect one another in our opinions.

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Hathor said...

The picture reminds me of the unfettered joy and dreams all children have.

I believe Barack Obama has succeeded in not outgrowing that.

At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeremy, perhaps Obama may pull a recovery on the order of President Ronald Reagan, after the nightmare of the Jimmy Carter presidency and Democratic rule.
If so, we will all duly give thanks.
And pray for a current Peace in the Valley.

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To All Of Us,

This is a link to a guy who is in theater in Iraq, his blog. For this I consider, all of us can take pride in. No matter Cran that you might "mis-guess" who I actually did vote for... secret ballots and all that.

At least I didn't have to pay a poll tax.


At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My previous was to the first person's comment on this blog.
I was being facetious, and reversing his comments.
I don't know, nor do I have any desire to know how anyone votes.
Vote your preference, and bless you for it, I say.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

A sudden plethora of comments, so I'll just respond to all in one comment.

Regardless of how we each may have voted, perhaps all of us can recognize Barack Obama's historic achievement in becoming the first African-American to have reached the office of presidency.

If he governs as brilliantly as he has campaigned, then he will make a great president.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A New York Jew serving in America's United States' Army?

In, of all places, Iraq?


At 12:59 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Lest JK's comment be taken amiss, that's how the blogger at the address provided seems to present himself -- based, at least, on my reading of his blog headings.

He also has the misfortune of being a "graduate student who has served in the Army National Guard for over 14 years, attained the grade of E-6, and should have known better than to join the Infantry."

This has landed him in Iraq.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Big Tobacco has placed a new post. The one I meant to direct attention to was the one of November 4th.

"No Tanks In The Street."

This Professor Jeffery is the meaningful thing. Whether one is a Private or a private citizen. No tanks in the street is a meaningful thing. Evangelical or no.

Republican or Democrat. Liberal or Conmservative. In-Between.

No tanks in the street.


At 9:37 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Right, no tanks. A peaceful, civilian transfer of power.

Tanks be to G-d!

By the way, "Big Tobacco" has the initials "BT" . . . as in the Doonesbury character?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, no connection.

Due to OPSEC (Operational Security) active duty military, at least those in theater, are prohibited from using actual names on blogs.



At 6:27 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Tanks, JK.

Jeffery Hodges

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