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At the VDARE blog, James Fulford has contrasting videos of Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham

Jackson’s version is great. I didn’t make it through Obama’s version, but I did like the part at 0:24 when he’s stumbling around and Michelle starts clapping, perhaps in the hope that everybody will join in and put an end to this ordeal before it gets started.

Much of the palpable disappointment with Obama among youngish voters who got so excited about him in 2008 is that for their whole lives they’d been informed that black guys are cool. So what could be cooler than electing President Will Smith? But then President Obama turned out to be, the more you got to know him, nowhere near as cool as he thinks he is.

We could have guessed that long ago from the way Michelle treats him. According to Jodi Kantor’s book The Obamas, Michelle still very much believes in Barack as “transformational” for the rest of us. But, her body language always suggested that she never really got Obamania, and in fact resented the hoopla over her husband, who, if you know him the way Michelle knows him, isn’t all that.

Kantor discovered that Michelle’s initial reaction to his election was to demand a separation — he could go bach it in the White House while she and the girls stayed in Chicago through the rest of the 2008-2009 schoolyear. Eventually, aides talked her out of what would have been a PR cataclysm, and her mood has improved as her husband’s poll ratings came down from the stratosphere.

Comparing Obama to Jackson is particularly germane because Michelle was Jesse Jackson’s babysitter. It’s hard for people familiar only with the grandiose wreck of 70-year-old Jesse Jackson to grasp what he was like in the 1970s. I found this anecdote:

In June 1971, LOOK magazine recorded an encounter between Sen. Edward Kennedy and Rev. Jesse Jackson. 

Kennedy “stuck out his hand and exchanged banalities [with Jackson]. Kennedy acted like a man running for the Presidency. Jackson, typically, acted like a man who is President.” The article went on to say Jackson is “the closest thing to a national leader that has surfaced on today’s fragmented civil rights scene. Tough talking, fast-stepping Jesse Jackson is as different from the conventional notion of a black minister as a Maserati is from a Dodge.”

Imagine being 15-year-old Michelle showing up Saturday evening to babysit. The 38-year-old Reverend Jackson, dressed magnificently, comes down the stairs of his 15-room house, heading out to some banquet to receive yet another award and give another galvanizing oration, and, yet, he takes time from his busy schedule to chat with the suddenly shy girl … 

How can poor Barack compete with that?

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Bush also ignoring Mötley Crüe among Asian-Pacific Islanders: Fox reports:

Obama Says Bush Ignoring ‘Quiet Riot‘ Among Blacks

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Here’s an excerpt from the transcript of Obama’s speech in Milwaukee on violence at Virginia Tech, via Powerline:

There’s also another kind of violence though that we’re gonna have to think about. It’s not necessarily physical violence but that the violence that we perpetrate on each other in other ways. Last week, the big news, obviously, had to do with Imus and the verbal violence that was directed at young women who were role models for all of us, role models for my daughter. …[T]hat’s a form of violence – it may be quiet, it may not surface to the same level of the tragedy we read about today and we mourn, but it is violence nonethesame.

We [inaudible]…. There’s the violence of men and women who have worked all their lives and suddenly have the rug pulled out from under ‘em because their job has moved to another country. They’ve lost their job, they’ve lost their pension benefits, and they’ve lost their health care and they’re having to compete against their teenage children for jobs at the local fast food place paying $7 an hour.

There is the violence of children, whose voices are not heard, in communities that are ignored. Who don’t have access to a decent education, who are surrounded by drugs and crime and a lack of hope.

Old fogeys like me will recognize this as a knockoff of Jesse Jackson’s 1988 speech at the Democratic Convention:

“What’s the fundamental challenge of our day? It is to end economic violence. Plant closings without notice — economic violence. Even the greedy do not profit long from greed — economic violence.”

Despite all the state-of-the-art glitz of the Obama campaign, the evidence is mounting (see my much denounced article “Obama’s Identity Crisis“) that Obama is, in his heart, just Jesse Jackson All Over Again.

Of course, if you are running for President, or if you are yapping on the radio for hundreds of hours per year, some of your improvisations are going to fall terribly flat. One could reasonably expect a little forgiveness following an apology, but that is exactly what Sen. Obama did not extend to Imus.

Mickey Kaus writes:

Barack Obama’s misguided attempt to connect the Virgina Tech murders with the Imus slur (“quiet violence”) and, yes, loss of health care benefits due to layoffs and overseas competition, doesn’t come off quite as obscene as you’d expect when you listen to it–because Obama’s delivery is too fatigued and subdued, even depressive, to trigger the sense that he’s manipulating anybody. Still, it’s not exactly evidence of a fresh intelligence, or even basic common sense, at work–much less rising to the occasion. It suggests a mindset that tries to fit every event into a familiar, comforting framework he can spoon-feed his audience without disturbing them. …

Mickey appears to be picking up on my point that Obama’s autobiography has all the hallmarks of being a written by a literarily gifted depressive. Certainly, during Obama’s Ross Perot-like rise to near the top of the Presidential candidate heap over the previous couple of years, he didn’t show signs of depression. Perhaps, however, he goes through a mild manic-depressive cycle, although not as a blatant as Perot’s in 1992. Lots of high achievers do — you claw your way into power, money, or fame during an up phase and hang on during a down phase.

I don’t follow politics enough to have a worthwhile opinion, but I’ve been picking up hints from the press in the last month that perhaps his depression, if such it is, might be back. Mild manic-depression shouldn’t disqualify him for the White House, but it’s the kind of thing we ought to know about a candidate — unlike in 1992 when nobody in the media except Saturday Night Live mentioned that Perot was enormously manic-depressive.

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