Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What if....


Obama/Biden vs McCain/Palin, what if things were switched around?.....think about it. Would the country's collective point of view be different? Could racism be the culprit?

Ponder the following:

What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?

What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?

What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

What if Michelle Obama's family had made their money from beer distribution?

What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?

You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are? This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

Educational Background:

Barack Obama:
Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in
International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Joseph Biden:
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

vs.

John McCain:
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899

Sarah Palin:
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna Colle ge - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

Taken, verbatim, from The Engaged Observer. Acceptance speech wordles, above, from here.

9 comments:

Jozette said...

Annie, this is incredible. Thanks for posting this. Some of those points surprised me and/or made me think 'i'd never thought of it that way.'

coco+kelley said...

awesome. seriously. the first thing i thought about with palin and her daughter was, "what if that was obama?"

GREAT post. might have to put this up as food for thought on my own blog! :)

Anonymous said...

you need to get out of your chair and get on this campaign! I love this post - okay now I need to do some forwarding!

xo-May

Anonymous said...

Annie,

Fantastic post. I have already forwarded it on to many. How disappointed I am by the intolerance, bigotry and narrow mindedness that is being further taught and supported by this presidential campaign. How can so many Americans truly be this ignorant and introverted?

Loved your Silverman video and definitely appreciate this post too.

Hope your well!

Whit

Worthwile read:

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/make_believe_maverick_the_real_john_mccain/page/1

Anonymous said...

What if McCain's wife introduced him to major Terrorists?
What if McCain himself was friends with terrorists in college?
What if McCain repeatedly bashed on America in his speeches including to Germany?
What if McCain didn't remember where he was for 2 years?
What if McCain had relations with a male limo driver?
What if McCain's first organized event was organizing for an abortion clinic who gave birth to babys and then allowed them to starve to death?

It's not about racism you naive American! It's about the fact that if we elect Obama scary things will happen in this country. Do your homework. I would much rather take someone who cant read from a teleprompter then someone who DOESNT KNOW WHERE HE WAS FOR 2
YEARS!
And how sad of you to bring Palins children into that little What If crap.

Annie Empiric said...

I love this last comment! A McCain supporter, so proud they are replying anonymously, calling Obama supporters naive. Bless you! If you support McCain you have impaired judgment and a flawed character. We most likely have little in common and yet you take the time out of your day to read my little blog :)

I'm so happy that I was able to make someone feel something from this little podium of mine. I truly appreciate the emotion.

Viva! Hope! and Go Sox!!!

Dana Wynne and Raul Cordova said...

Wow Annie, all you need is to go political to get all this buzz!... I'll hold my tongue and take the high road like you and Obama would--after all, winners don't have to explain themselves. ;) Time will tell...

hello gorgeous said...

Excellent post!

hello gorgeous said...

By the way, I forgot to mention that I reposted it last week. Hope you don't mind...