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Obama Abroad

recorded 7-28-08

1) 2:17 A Radio essay Mp3

Obama Abroad
[col. writ. 7/27/08] (c) '08 Mumia Abu-Jamal

The recent world tour of freshman Sen. Barack Obama, was, by any
measure, a blockbuster.

The senator's trek to Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France, and
England was a hit, from the word go.

What was more impressive, however, were the graphics. The crowds
(especially in Germany) were nothing if not spectacular.

In political terms, the senator's campaign could hardly have asked
for more.

If it wouldn't seem to smarmy, perhaps they ought to give thanks to
the Republican candidate, John McCain, who harped on Obama's lack of
travel to Iraq for weeks.

What happens?

Obama goes to Iraq, and the U.S. supported Iraqi puppet, Prime
Minister Nuri al-Maliki, essentially endorses Obama's timetable to
remove the bulk of US troops.

McCain sought airtime in ethnic eateries, or geriatric golf greens.

His comments attacking Obama seemed, by contrast, petulant and small.

It was, quite frankly, stunning to see world leaders fall under his
sway, as if the election were a mere formality.

When he met Germany's Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, one could only
flashback to lame duck President Bush's impolitic grasp of her
shoulders, which forced her to grimace and gasp at the invasion of her
personal and political space.

Right wingers have, predictably, attacked his tour on numerous
counts. "He thinks he's already president", some said. "He's
arrogant", said others. Still others opined that he was
'inexperienced.'

If his global tour had one flaw, it was that it was too successful,
for it cast an unflattering light on the incumbent Bush
Administration, which is, to put it lightly, far from popular in the
world today. This, of course, also impacts McCain's campaign.

Whether he helped his domestic campaign is questionable.

What is not is the palpable hunger of many countries for a change
from what has been.
--(c) '08 maj

 

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