We’re now at about the time when candidates for next year’s U.S. presidential election start positioning themselves for a run. The incumbent has indicated he’ll have another go, plus that odd-looking real estate guy who’s got his own reality TV program. So I’ll throw the floor open today and ask, a) who’s going to run, b) who would you like to see running, c) who will win the Republican nomination (or Democratic, if you think anyone other than the current guy is a possibility), and d) who will win in November next year?
Apart from being pleased in principle that America actually voted for a black guy as their leader, I’ve found him mediocre at best, and shrouded in mystery at worst. Leaving aside the whole business of his birth certificate, I read here that Fox News contacted some 400 of his “classmates” from Columbia University’s 1983 graduating year and not one of them could remember him. (Obama’s supporters have since produced exactly two ’83 alumni who now say they do). One of them, 2008 Libertarian Party candidate Wayne Allyn Root, observed,
I think the most dangerous thing you should know about Barack Obama is that I don’t know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they all know me. I don’t have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia. Ever!
Furthermore, he doesn’t appear in Columbia’s 1983 yearbook. Excuses like oh, he was living off-campus and kept to himself don’t wash with me, or most people who have been to college either. The lengthy Wikipedia article on the first 35 years of Obama’s life devotes just two terse sentences to the entire three-year period 1981-1983. And then, before he begins at Harvard Law School, he does a stint at Business International Corporation, well known as a CIA front company? Either he got into Harvard in the basis of his outstanding grades—which he now won’t disclose—or for some other reason. It all doesn’t pass the smell test.
Some of LibertyGibbert’s American readers have expressed mild surprise that foreigners should take so much interest in their local politics. The explanation, of course, is that when you guys sneeze, the rest of us catch a cold. You have the world’s largest economy, up till recently you were the world’s largest manufacturer, and you’ve got the world’s largest military.
Despite your noble efforts in the first half of the twentieth century to stay out of the rest of the world’s fights and act as an honest mediator (dating back to 1905, when Theodore Roosevelt personally brokered an end to the Russo-Japanese War), oligarchs, bankers and political intriguers alike wouldn’t let you stay out. As a result, you’re now expected to act as the world’s policeman, a job with which I’m sure you’re completely fed up. As far as Australia is concerned, well if it wasn’t for America I’d probably be writing this in Japanese. You’re the largest foreign landowner and investor in Australia, by a long way. As a signatory to the ANZUS Treaty, we have mutual defence obligations and have always accompanied you on foreign peace-keeping and other military missions, adventures, or whatever.
So you see, the make-up and policy of the next U.S. administration affects us directly. I’m sure our readers in Britain, Ireland, Europe and elsewhere could say much the same. Plus, your presidential elections are such bloody good theatre. So, who’s going to run, and who’s going to win?
BREAKING NEWS… Obama announces Bin Laden dead, killed in Pakistan, body in U.S. custody, DNA tests confirmed. Rot in Hell ya bastard.