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Dreams of Obama

There is a documentary on SBS tonight, called Dreams of Obama. The television listings describe it thus -

This documentary examines the rich personal and political biography of the 44th president of the United States. Through interviews with insiders and observers who’ve tracked Obama from his days at Harvard Law School, through his rise in Chicago politics, to his emergence onto the national scene after the 2004 Democratic National Convention, it chronicles Obama’s meteoric rise, going beyond the headlines to reveal how he won one of the most memorable, and important, presidential elections of our time.

And that brief hagiography people, is what passes for objective and professional journalism these days.

15 Comments

  1. NickM says:

    Oh, I dunno Cats. Give it 6 months and when the One hasn’t found a cure for AIDS and made everyday the first day of Spring… We are looking at one hell of a reality check.

  2. RAB says:

    Why bother with a documentary?I saw an article yesterday that said Will Smith has been approached to play Obama in the movie of the great ones life.

    He hasn’t even been friggin sworn in yet!

    I fear America and the world, are in for four years of very dangerous fiction.

  3. bgc says:

    One notable thing about that hagiography is the lack of mention of any actual worthwhile concrete achievements (that were not self-serving).

  4. RobtE says:

    I don’t know. I expect that sooner or later Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) will eventually be replaced with Obama Disappointment Syndrome (ODS). But I wouldn’t like to place a bet on how long it will take.

    Remember the General Election of 1997? Tony Blair was the great saviour of Western civilisation. When he was elected the corridors of the BBC, we are told, were littered with champagne bottles. But in the run-up to the election I noticed that the unions had gone very quiet. It was as if they were co-operating in the election of New Labour. I gave it a year. Then, I reckoned, they’d be demanding the sort of preferential treatment they demanded under John Major’s government.

    Man, was I wrong. It took a lot longer. In fact, it took the war in Iraq to change opinion about Blair.

    Obama is, in so many way, the American Blair.

  5. NickM says:

    RobtE,
    In a recent comment you bemoaned Sunfish stealing a witticism before you did.

    Now I think I coined ODS. I think I did it on Samizdata.

    And seeing as you have access to that fine library of the Newcastle Lit & Phil (yes, folks… Newcastle does have culture… a heck of a lot more than those Scousers) God knows what you will be able to half-inch…

    “Obama” (or “Oh, bummer!” as I thought) the US Blair… Maybe. Who’s his Broon then? I dunno. You have a very different political culture.

  6. RobtE says:

    Now I think I coined ODS. I think I did it on Samizdata.

    Yep. No doubt I plagiarised that too. Likely from you. Those who can, do; those who can’t, steal. “I have a friend in Minsk who has a friend in Pinsk, whose friend in Omsk has friend in Tomsk”, and so on.

    As a software developer I believe firmly in not re-inventing the wheel. And if I can amuse with plagiarised wit then so much the better. After all, it saves me the effort of trying to be original…

  7. RobtE says:

    yes, folks… Newcastle does have culture

    Culture? You want culture? Do you know how many claims to fame Newcastle has?

    Never mind the Lit & Phil (which, let’s face it, is any libertarian’s wetdream), didja know that the bottom of Collingwood Street was the first street in the world to be lit by electric light?

    And don’t lets even get started with my hero, Lord Armstrong…

  8. NickM says:

    Tom Lehrer.

    You know there is absolutely no record of Lobachevsky having plagarised.

    He got it all from an old Vladivostock telephone directory.

    Which is odd because under the Sovs such things didn’t exist. Folks talking to each other hardly advanced the dictatorship of the proletariat…

    Here’s an odd one… I have lost track of the number of folks I have known who have been shocked by how attractive Newcastle is. Most turn-up thinking it’s a bleak C19th Industrial wasteland with slag-heaps in the city centre… They don’t expect the Georgian architecture and the bridges and all of that.

    Oh, and Geordie Culture of course gave us Viz…

  9. RobtE says:

    I have lost track of the number of folks I have known who have been shocked by how attractive Newcastle is.

    Well, yes, Newcastle is beautiful. Never mind the litter and barfed-up kebabs of a Monday morning. Didja ever happen to catch ’55 Degrees North’? Or any of John Grundy’s proggies? It’s amazing how well Newcastle scrubs up for the camera.

  10. Sunfish says:

    RAB:
    Why bother with a documentary?I saw an article yesterday that said Will Smith has been approached to play Obama in the movie of the great ones life.

    So, I guess you’re telling us that The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire will be making a movie about The Fresh Prez of Bill Ayres?

  11. CountingCats says:

    You must have read that somewhere.

  12. RAB says:

    I have a feeling that that one is an original Cats.

  13. Sunfish,
    You owe me $1,500.00
    I just spewed milk all over my laptop.

  14. Sunfish says:

    I stole the “Fresh Prez” nickname from the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler. I think the rest of it was all me.

    Allen, talk to The One (peace be upon him). He will give you hope for a new keyboard. Barack (PBUH) will not let you go back to the way you blogged before.

  15. RAB says:

    When I first got on the internet, and discovered blogs, the first one I used to post on was Rottie!

    A great training ground.
    If they let you live
    you could survive
    anywhere!

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