posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 02:00 PM
I don't agree with President Obama on major points of policy. I'll get that out in the open right now. I'll also say that there are some
interesting items in his background, and whether or not they represent some vast conspiracy, and whether or not they impact his eligibility for the
office he currently holds, I think they could have been addressed better.
That said, I really don't care what religion he practices. If he's follower of Islam, he certainly doesn't practice it very stringently (then
again, I can say the same thing about Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, and any other religious group I know of). I don't care if he's straight as a
laser, or as gay as...well, I can't come up with a politically-correct simile for that one. Suffice to say, I don't care. The thing I find so
amusing (in a cynical way) is the difference in how stories about his past are handled, compared to stories about President Bush's past. It seemed
that any discrepancy in Mr. Bush's past was immediately seized on and blown into as large a bonfire as possible, whether there were facts to support
any allegations or not (Are you having flashbacks, Mr. Rather?). Anything odd in Mr. Obama's past gets blown out of proportion by the extreme right
(that's only to be expected, it's how they make their living, after all) but seems to get a quick sweep under the rug from most major media. Can you
the media circus if allegations had surfaced that President Bush was gay? Or that he had used coc aine? Or that he wasn't born in
the US? There would've been ongoing 'investigative journalism' in the major East Coast newspapers, Senate inquiries, and as much large type and
bold ink as possible.
Further disclaimer: Don't take the above as some sort of evidence that I thought President Bush was infallible, or a paragon of virtue...far from it.
And as a sort of closing comment (long overdue, I'm sure most will agree!), an answer to the poster above who lamented that the pro / anti Obama
threads were getting old (I happen to agree, by the way), and asked if the non-US members of ATS were going to have to put up with this for the next
few years. You mean, like the non-US members had to put up with the pro / anti Bush threads for 8 years?