I have never ever seen a politician as intelligent and witty as Barack Obama. I think that, should he be elected as President of the USA in three weeks, ripple effects will be seen everywhere and the whole world will (have to) change.
Our Mauritian politicians look so stupid and dull in contrast.
FYI John McCain invented the Blackberry….
& Al Gore, the Internet. LOL :P
I really wish Barrack win this election. It will be a change but mostly a very POSITIVE change!
You’re right. He’s been great so far. I like his plans esp. about taxes. For entrepreneurs, it’s awesome. It also allows big companies to do more and not get stumped by smaller ones. And once the big companies gain say half of their usual profits more, they get to keep this gain without tax. I mean – wow!
Obama is for the people! He’s thinks rationally. He never stresses out (or doesn’t show that he’s stressed.) He’s never shown angry. He reasons. Do you watch 24? (TV series.) Obama is strikingly like President Palmer.
But I guess Barrack Steve Obama is truly a son of Krypton (ref. video.)
His campaign ads are not as bad as McCain’s BTW. He also has a running mate who knows the location of Russia. (BTW, the new catchphrase for students who are stressed out is “I can see Russia.” :P)
Here are more videos (incl. McCain’s speech – it wasn’t as funny as Obama’s): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1078427/Im-Superman-jokes-Obama-new-poll-puts-candidates-neck-neck-race-White-House.html
I have been following the US presidential debate for a while now and indeed for non Americans Obama does indeed seem a better candidate but we shouldn’t forget what happened to Kerry last time.
However, Obama being an American he’ll still represent the arrogant American attitude to the rest of the world. Unless he succeeds in putting some sense in the various lobbies that have financed his candidate.
“Fantastic president” – sounds like an oxymoron….
It is true that Barack Obama might be elected president of the US but on what criteria???His ideas or his skin colour??? If its on his skin colour which is the most probable reason then the Americans are not better than us!!
We should remember that politics is way more serious than a mere craze!!
Well, I’m not into politics but I can’t help agreeing with Raj. The USA have to clean up their image and it’ll be the task of the next american president. Anyhow, the American Presidential campaign is on air everywhere because it’ll seal the fate of many people be they in the US or in other countries.
so you’ve started doing politics on your blog now? :p
all politicians are just glorified dumbass :p and its my opinion i don’t care if anybody wishes to flame me on that :p
am neutral about all this, but here are my analysis:
hmm seems obama’s campaign manager is very good…
it seems to me that obama can’t just even remain natural :p each and everytime for all jokes, he has to check the jokes [i think] in a paper.. so it was pre written jokes? nothing spontaneous? :p
…even wrongly said a joke and had to refer to his paper…
at the joke on the lipstick and cross dressing part, seems to me its the first time he is actually understanding the joke .. wtf??
one good thing.. he respect his opponent.
hmm :p tro get dans papier, he seems to me like he can’t think for himself…
preferE ecoute avinash meetoo so lecture sa… bez sa mo ti pensE someone going for a presidential seat would have something more … mais mo croire plitot class parallel meme sa! How can someone just look at a paper for the whole part of this video to just say a few jokes .. which am pretty he he himself couldn’t think of … pfffft.. politicians…
Thanks Selven :-)
I’ve read that Obama writes his own speeches. As a past academic, I have to tell you that when doing a lecture for the first time, one has to use notes (or else you forget.) Maybe that’s true of such a speech too. You have to agree that this was more of an “acte de haute voltige” than a normal speech. In his place, I would have used written notes too.
As for writing about politics on this blog, why not? Politics is something which is noble (la gestion de la citÃ©) but which has been tarnished by some pathetic guys over the years. I believe all intellectuals should indulge in some politics (the real thing, not that red mauve orange thing.) When I was an academic, I always wondered how irrational was that clause in our contract which prevented us doing politics. I can understand that for civil servants. But not for academics who can contribute a lot. It is as if you have a football team and you say that some of your best players do not have the right to play.
To Raj and Sachin, I would say that you’re correct: Americans are arrogant. But, at the same time, I can understand this arrogance as it is just a (bad) consequence of them being so confident in their capacity to change the world. We all have to agree (especially us geeks) that many of the nice things we have and use all day long originate from the US.
“Americans are arrogant” -> I think not. I think there is a pride to ignorance in the US. Example: During one of McCain’s speeches, a woman told him that she believed that Obama was an Arab.
For a large portion of the US population – Obama = Arab = Muslim = Terrorist.
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It’s funny and definitely shows another side of VP hopeful Sarah Palin.
Just in case the tags don’t work, here is the URL off the huffington post.
I am a firm supporter of Democrats and as I believe the republicans have enough “destroyed” the world.
If the americans elect Republicans again, then sorry to say… They must be really stupid or really selfish to do that.
Aside from conflict due to war, why are you a democrat? Are your views liberal?
True – if the GOP is elected again, the ignorance of the US people will ‘shine.’
:p come on, we can’t say they are ignorant coz of that *getting ashamed of the politics of my own country*
My views are liberal and my way of seeing things match those of democrats. And on top, the republicans have done nothing good for the world, except increase hatred for itself in the muslim world, going to unnecessary war, not intervening in the masacre in Sudan, pulling out of Kyoto… etc etc…..
And electing a black american president will really send a “wind of change” across the world. ;)
You’re right to be ashamed, Selven. Still, if you don’t give a frak about politics (because geeks and insightful persons are always PWNED,) then it’s better to mock the politicians of your country by comparing their campaigns, vision and manifesto to that of great leaders like Obama or Steven Harper.
I wonder how many followers of the MSM which is celebrating its 25th birthday soon, have seen the light about how pathetic their leaders hopeful are.
Watch the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-QCgZ0d-MM
True – a black President will change things.
However, there are good republicans who don’t think like the majority of members of the GOP. E.g Ron Paul. I was impressed by his open approach and he should have won the primaries. But I guess Republicans don’t like politicians who defy the traditional approach. In a way, Republicans are traditionalists and conservatives.
Anyway, Obama Biden FTW. His newsletters (register at barackobama.com ) are annoying though. But it’s good to ask for $5 from people instead of companies. Aside from the donation annoyance, the message is very good, direct, and sincere.
I’ve a question for you all – What do you think should the President (whether it’s McCain or Obama) do for the people during his first 100 days in office? I know some of you may think economy is a priority but are there other things which deserve attention during the very first days of his presidency?
say great leaders for yourself :p i didn’t said anything which would mean to say i said whoever is a great leader :p.
There’s one thing i don’t understand with the US, if they’ve got so much power and people don’t like em to be present (or giving a help) to their country, so why the heck bother, just don’t give a damned… live and let die :p , anywayz that’s what i would have done if i was the US president… thankfully i am not :p
As for local politics here, well there’s no politics here, only racial and ethnic discrimination… pffft, this country really needs a good long range sniper to set thing straight.
This is called racism and discrimination. Sincerely, i have no side in the political campaign, but i can’t help noticing that blacks seems to be the first to shout out discrimination if people don’t vote a black president, but no one ever shouts out discrimination when the same black minorities are looking down on the white dude and turning him down just coz he isn’t black.
I don’t know if you have noticed this, a lot of times this has been mentioned on the BBC that “most ethnic minorities are voting for obama”, it surely doesn sound as if “most ethnic minorities are voting against the white dude” … so what is discrimination???
Does it mean that for someone not to be a racist he must always vote for the someone from an ethnic minority, for a black, for an asian, for any person whose community is small in number IGNORING all competency stuff???
It just seems to be that whatever the case, people in the end are just bloody racists inside :p.
Besides, how the hell is someone also going to compare whether the guy is competent or not, none of them have been president earlier, and their work as a senator may not necessarily reflect how they will perform once in the seat of the president. So don’t give such crap as competency as an excuse, politics means “the one who fools the more people wins”, plain and simple. Would have been so simple to just do it anyways, elect a dude, then set a sort of remote controlled bomb on the guy, the day he makes everybody unhappy, if we get a majority of people who presses the button, there he goes in the air :p [people’s choice :p], this way, no politicans would want to screw around … everyone will be forced to be competent then :p
Being fluent means nothing when it comes to presidency: you don’t necessarily win over your people with sweet words. Obama is a neophyte, you’ve got to agree with this and don’t just believe in what the online press pours in front of you on Google News everyday e.g. Over-hyped half-black half-white Illinois senator reaching the pinnacle of a long and bloody event… American Hero…Magic Negr* …whatever… I just don’t follow that nonsense.
But I just sense Americans will vote the one with whom they would identify themselves the most: John McCain! Don’t count me as a Republican (I don’t espouse hippie & tree-hugging Democratic views either…). If Obama wants to be president, these facts may help: 95%+ Black Americans voting Obama, 80%+ Muslim Americans voting Obama, 60%+ non-white Americans voting Obama… sounds all too familiar… it just happens everywhere! So, white Americans should act less racist on voting day?
… and Americans are not arrogant, how many have you met by he way? They may be hard-headed…but not arrogant.
Check this out – Muslim McCain supporters confront intolerance at rally: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1417423198/bctid1866657225
Either the people distributing the flyers are ignorant or they are deliberately trying to make McCain lose. It deserves a big WTF, seriously.
As we’re (mostly) not Americans, we should (theoretically) not be bothered with whom is elected as president in a few weeks… But, in practice, the American president is the most powerful person on the planet and his decisions can have profound consequences.
The reason I want Obama to win is simple: the previous eight years of Republicans in power have been catastrophic. Needless wars have been fought. The world economy is on its knees. The gap between rich and poor continues to increase. Climatic changes due to excessive pollution are threatening our future. AIDS is rampant in Africa. etc.
I just have more faith in Obama than McCain in his capacity to solve those important problems…
Do our politicians really look that dumb and stupid?
Maybe they seem so. Maybe politics in Mauritius looks amateurish with respect to the money being put in the campaign. Parties in the US have huge budgets and am I right to guess that politicians are raised, if not trained, as future leaders since childhood?
I think it is best to keep the folklore of our own political campaigns. I remember one of our leaders tried to hire foreign campaign managers and did happen to lose the elections. He made a speech under a tree. :P Anyway those facts might not be related. :P
I do however like the idea of having debates on television.
TO AVINASH: Please can you delete the previous post and replace it with this one [missed a slash to close one tag]
lemme comment about that just for the sake of trying to find a logic:
Finding 3 consecutive years in which in the whole world there was no wars is just too difficult.. because man create wars for absolutely nothing, its just something the human race can’t seem to live without. So saying “wars have been fought” is just like saying the sun rose in the morning.
You’ve got a point, but remember it is the WORLD economy that is on its knees and that china also has started showing a major slowdown. [Nothing against china, but am trying to see it from an american point of view]
So is that a reason to make the ones who are richer pay more tax than the poorer ones? I thought everyone was equal and had the same rights [legally], so if someone managed to become rich he has to become less equal than others?? What’s that animal farm revisited?
Electing a petrol monster wasn’t such a good idea, but then its too late, and now there are still people around who wants petrol cartel to control the energy markets. This i sure feel like throwing it all on bush :p.
The guy is supposed to be elected president of the United States and not of some African countries, while morally they should help, it doesn’t mean they MUST help, so what has AIDS in Africa got to do with all this, when i vote, i look at the advantage for MY country first, then for others.
anyways, just trying to heaten up this political stuff :p
Seems that Selven wants to start a battle. Who will fall into his trap? :-)
As for Kailash’s questions, “Do our politicians really look that dumb and stupid?”, I have to say yes because that’s what I’ve written in the post. To substantiate, I believe few of our politicians are into politics for morally sound reasons. I know, for instance, that candidates are chosen “scientifically” just before elections based on ethnicity, popularity and financial capacity and not because they have the necessary aptitudes to manage a country. Some become successful but most just disappear for five years while enjoying the privilege of being a member of Parliament.
I may be wrong though…
National politics in Mauritius equates sharing the national cake. The only problem for the minorities is that only one community will dominate the rest, as is the case today unless demographic figures in the decades to come shift the balance of power to the so-called underprivileged minorities. That’s all I can say when it comes to national politics: like votes like, end of story.
I agree with you on most points. I would ask one question: How would you restore a balance between the haves and the have-nots? Who has the magic formula to the most stubborn problems such as poverty, illiteracy, access to clean water, climate change, etc? Noone.
Obama is heralded as the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ on Earth or as a rock star, as the one who will restore the broken links between the Old Europe and America. How will this benefit the average European? And who will care? I’ll still have my digital fingerprint recorded whenever I enter the US, have the FBI & Department of Homeland Security follow my daily activities (& their fellow Americans too), my bank accounts verified periodically, etc. Maybe Obama has something hidden up his sleeves… I’ll wait for sure…
come on, that was just for some innocent debating for fun.
you got me on this one .. :p sincerely i’ve got no answer for that, i wish i did though. I suppose one should tackle those in order, and not all at once making sure that literacy is among the priorities .. though even then, humans when pushed in a corner, even the most educated will become a savage of the weird kind. so food and poverty might need to come before education.. definitely curious non the views of others on this question, specially at the first part :p
lol well said.
Check this out: American Stories, American Solutions
Note: It’s around 30 minutes long.
A new SWF @ illwillpress.com gives an insight (not that we didn’t know that) about politics: POLITICAL SHIFTY – A NON-BIAS VIEW OF ALL POLITICIANS IN GENERAL. URL: http://www.illwillpress.com/shifty22.html
Still, Obama seems to be different from the common politician depicted in the SWF.