09 June, 2008

Bush's 3rd term, Carter's 2nd term


We have an exercise in comparisons here.

Barack Obama:
  • Born in 1961
  • Raised by a single mother
  • Father was Kenyan
  • Stepfather was Indonesian, and a Muslim
  • Admitted to using marijuana
  • Admitted to using cocaine
  • Married once to Michelle Robinson
  • Has two daughters

    John McCain:
  • Born in 1936
  • Raised by parents John McCain Sr, US Navy Admiral and mother Roberta Wright-McCain
  • Father was US Navy Admiral
  • First wife was model Carol Shepp
  • Fought in Vietnam conflict, and was captured
  • Spent 5 years as a prisoner of war (POW)
  • Divorced first wife and married heiress Cindy Lou Hensley
  • Has two adoptive sons Douglas and Andrew and one daughter Sidney from his first wife Carol

  • From wikipedia:

    Shepp met McCain again when he was stationed at the Naval Air Basic Training Command at Pensacola, Florida in 1964, and they began dating.[7][3] On July 3, 1965, Shepp married McCain in Philadelphia.[8] The following year, John McCain adopted her two children.[5] The McCains then had a daughter named Sidney in September 1966.[9]

    John McCain was shot down and badly injured over North Vietnam on October 26, 1967, beginning what would be five and a half years as a prisoner of war.[10] During his captivity she raised their children by herself; she sent frequent letters and packages to him, few of which the North Vietnamese let through.[11] On Christmas Eve 1969, Carol McCain was driving in snowing, icy conditions. Approaching an intersection on an isolated country road, she skidded and collided with a telephone pole, was thrown from the car into the snow, and went into shock. Some time later she was found badly injured and taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital.[6] She had two smashed legs, a broken pelvis, broken arm, and ruptured spleen. She spent six months in hospital, and over the course of the next two years had twenty-three operations[6] as well as extensive physical therapy.[12] She did not tell her husband about the accident in her letters to him, believing he already had enough to worry about.[6] Businessman and POW advocate Ross Perot paid for her medical care.[13]

    The McCains were reunited after his release from captivity on on March 14, 1973.[14] She was now four inches (ten centimeters) shorter, on crutches, and substantially heavier than when he had last seen her;[13] he was also visibly hampered by his injuries and the mistreatment he had endured from the North Vietnamese.[15] The McCains became frequent guests of honor at dinners hosted by Governor of California Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan,[16] and the two couples became friendly.[2] Carol McCain worked for Ronald Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign in Florida, as he sought the Republican Party nomination.[2]

    During John McCain's assignment as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the VA-174 squadron located at Naval Air Station Cecil Field outside Jacksonville, Florida[17] the McCains' marriage began to falter;[18] he had extramarital affairs.[18]

    John McCain's next assignment was to the Senate Liaison Office within the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs.[19] The McCains separated briefly, then rejoined.[13] His job was aided by an active social life the couple conducted, entertaining Navy, government, and other people three to four nights a week at their Alexandria, Virginia home.[20] By 1979, the McCains were still living together.[13] In April 1979, John McCain met and began an extramarital relationship with Arizona special education teacher and Hensley & Co. heiress Cindy Lou Hensley.[13]

    Of course, the Obama campaign doesn't want to discuss Barack Obama's high-school drug use. Neither does the McCain campaign want to talk about John McCain's abandonment of his first wife and mother to his daughter, and his subsequent marriage to a wealthier, younger woman with whom he carried on an affair.

    From http://clintonattacksobama.pbwiki.com/Incident+Tracker:

    The Incidents
    #1 Barack Obama May Have Been a Drug Dealer!
    Who Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire
    Date December 12, 2007 in an interview with the Washington Post
    Statement "The Republicans are not going to give up without a fight ... and one of the things they're certainly going to jump on is his drug use... It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?' There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome."
    Context In his first book, Dreams From My Father, Obama admitted to using cocaine, among other drugs. Shaheen claims he was bringing up the drug use because the GOP will do the same, and that the democrats would do better to nominate someone whose past has already been vetted. His questions about Obama were really what the GOP would say, he claims.
    Racialiciousness Moderate. I cannot recall any white candidate whose past drug use was used to imply that he was an actual drug dealer. Given the prevailing image of drug dealing as a "black thing," Shaheen went too far.
    Wackness High. While it's true that candidates must show they are tough and can handle the general campaign, using hypothetical attacks as an excuse to attack your own party's candidate just seems weak.
    Latest Status Senator Clinton apologized to Obama in person, and Shaheen stepped down as co-chair of the campaign on December 13. BUT, no sooner than an HOUR after the debate Clinton SUPPOSEDLY apologized BEFORE, Chief Clinton Strategist, MARK PENN, was peddling the same swill on MSNBC'S HARDBALL. So, just how SINCERE was said apology from Clinton to Obama?
    I am more willing to forgive the missteps of a high school student whose actions are practically harmless than the missteps of a grown man, having himself suffered great physical torture at the hands of an enemy army then abandoning his physically injured wife, the mother of his children, for a younger richer bride (and allegedly carrying on an affair with an even younger lobbyist).

    What is going on in the mind of a torture victim, a years-long prisoner, that makes it alright to leave your wife? Because she is crippled and fat? Maimed?

    Is it a sense of entitlement?

    What is going on in the mind of a young, athletic, popular and attractive high school student which makes him turn away from the allure of pot and cocaine and instead pursue a life of civil service?

    Is it a sense of gratitude?

    Who would you, dear voter, rather have as your president?



    Yes! ]

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