Thursday, September 11, 2008

Obama on the O'Reilly Factor, Part 3

Bill O'Reilly continues to drill Barack Obama. On Tuesday night they discussed Obama and his associations which apparently trouble many Americans. There is his long term friendship with his pastor Reverend Jeramiah Wright who holds some militant views. Then there was his flimsy connection with Bill Ayers, the 1960's student radical that bombed the Pentagon in 1968 whom Obama worked with on community issues in Chicago. For us Irish this obsession with the candidates pasts really is bizarre. His connection with Ayres in particular is so tenuous yet it has caused a political storm in the US. Unlike many Europeans I kinda like the republicans. There are aspects of their thinking that I admire. However this guilt by association game is an utter embarrassment to the USA. If you're not into Obama fine, if your're a conservative that believes in lesser government or whatever, that's fine but pick a real reason to have a go at Obama and stop inventing these fictional issues. Although as you will now see below Obama is capable of defending himself. Watch as he competently copes with the O'Reilly onslaught.

6 comments:

suek said...

"His connection with Ayres in particular is so tenuous yet it has caused a political storm in the US."

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Maybe you should reconsider the "tenuous" relationship.

By the way...I don't think Obama is an evil man. I'm just very much opposed to his socialist/marxist agenda. I also think that he may be unaware of some of the strings that Ayers has pulled that have affected his life. In other words, he may be something of a political puppet.

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Ted Leddy said...

Suek
I just don't see it. So he met with a radical. if he's anything like me he loves politics. I would like to meet Bill Ayres, he has first hand experience of a fascinating time. He would be interesting to talk to. I love conversing with people with whom I disagree. There are all sorts of right and left wingers I would like to meet. Even if the relationship is more in dept as you suggest does it really make a difference. In my post I mentioned guilt by association. I acknowledge that McCain has been a victim of this too most notably with John Hagee.

suek said...

What do you know of Obama's life history?

What do you think makes him qualified to lead our country?

Ted Leddy said...

Well suek

I know what you know about Obama's life story. How a person spent their youth means very little to me. I of course accept that McCain has more experience politically than Obama but so did Bush Snr over Clinton, Nixon over Kennedy and Gore over George W Bush. It is not necessarily how the electorate vote.

I believe he would make a good president for the following reasons. I believe Obama understands American power. He will never be careless with it like Bush was. Most importantly is his ability to persuade and communicate with allies and enemies. I know the Obama haters love to mock this trait but lets look at it with regards Iran.

We all know the military option is extremely flawed. It might not work and it could trigger a terrible response that would drag the world into a global recession. But doing nothing is clearly not an option. What we need is a strong president that understand American military, economic and political power and how best to apply this when you want another country to behave a certain way.

Obama will build a strong and real European coalition to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear programme. If George Bush asked Berlin London or Rome for the lend of ten bucks they would not give it because they have neither respect nor confidence in him. Power is about the ability to persuade, not the ability to bomb. But under Bush this power has been wasted at a time that it is desperately needed. Obama will convince regional allies, even Russia to isolate Iran. Obama will convince the Iranians that its not in their interests to go nuclear. I know you think I am dreaming. But a competent president should be able to use the immense economic and political power of the US to achieve this. I believe Obama will be such a president.

suek said...

>>I know you think I am dreaming. But a competent president should be able to use the immense economic and political power of the US to achieve this. I believe Obama will be such a president.>>

You're right - I think you're dreaming. Well, more like wishing on a star.

I also think you seriously underestimate Bush...but you're not alone. You also, I think, underestimate the danger of Iran.

Wolfhowling is a good place to get "educated", if you approach it with an open mind.

Ted Leddy said...

You say I underestimate Bush. Why ? do you think Bush has handled the Iranians well.

But I do look forward to future debates with you and Wolfhowling where I can educate you both. And yes, maybe I might learn a thing or two.