Marquette Warrior: Obama’s Military Disconnect

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Obama’s Military Disconnect

Great catch from Stepping Right Up.

A photo that shows Barack Obama in front of cheering U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

It’s a photo the Obama campaign may wish it had never released.
This is not exactly a packed gymnasium of cheering soldiers.

Look at the massive distance between him and the soldiers. (Was Obama afraid he would get military cooties if he got too close?)

The “crowd” is barely three people deep. (My guess is there were more media darlings than soldiers)

What is up with that “Oh God, what am I doing here look on his face”?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This picture shows the massive expanse of space between America’s military and Barack Obama. Clearly there is a huge disconnect here.
Not mentioned is the fact that a vastly disproportionate number of the soldiers are black.

We don’t quarrel with the racial pride of black soldiers who are proud of the Obama candidacy, but they don’t represent the majority of the military. Why should, after all, soldiers want a commander and chief who wants them to lose a war?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha! You guys on the right are getting really desperate trying to find something about which to attack Obama.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, since you insist there is this huge disconnect between Obama and the military, how do you explain the fact that Obama has received more money from members of the military than McCain?

Keep trying...

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All that from a little picture? Sounds like someone's taking an over analytic cue from the English majors you so supposedly loath.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While we're talking about the Iraq war and a "disconnect," I notice you've been remarkably silent on Prime Minister Maliki's endorsement of Obama's withdrawal plan. Interesting.

It seems to me that Maliki and Obama are on the same page and it's McCain who has the disconnect.

But, I'm sorry, please continue with your cheap shots.

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 anon lib responses.
Someone needs some BACTINE!!
1)quoting Obama....uh, uh, uh, errr, Israels is Israels best Israeli friend, and uh, uh, uh....
2)The military does not favor Obama, spin all you like Rumplestiltskin. You know it, I know it Katie Couric knows it.
3)The picture merely showed a clown on a basketball court. I wonder how well Barry runs the floor? I mean he'a a chain smoker!
4)Obama has no withdrawal plan. He has one today, doesn't have one tomorrow. He's flip flopping like a carp. Maliki is hedging his bets. Maliki would be DEAD if Saddam had gotten his hands on him.
Consider yourself pimped Anon!
Good night!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

But, I'm sorry, please continue with your cheap shots.

This from a person who posts 4 times under anonymous.


9:54 PM  
Blogger Tom McMahon said...

Four comments on a single post. Who's desperate?

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm, sorry to burst your bubbles, fellas (and lady), but not all these anonymous posts are the same person.

The first and second are mine. My name is Evan (I don't have a blogger account). Amy and I have conversed on her blog in the past.

In response to Stalin:

1. That misspeak of Obama's is the best you can do? Seriously? I'd take that over McCain talking about the Iraq/Pakistan border, or how the Anbar Awakening took place after the Surge or referencing Czechoslovakia for the millionth time. You guys really shouldn't be throwing stones when it comes to misstatements. McCain is averaging at least one a day.

2. No spin here. Just posting actual figures. Obama has taken in ~$100,000 more from members of the military than McCain has. No spin necessary.

3. Barack sure looked like a clown when he drained that 3. Come on. Now you're going after athleticism? I'd love to see a pick up game between Obama and McCain.

4. Obama has a very clear withdrawal plan that he's stuck to, despite the latest pathetic attempts by the GOP to say otherwise. He even re-affirmed it yesterday for those of you who are a little slow on the uptake. You can put your head in the sand all you want, but Maliki explicitly endorsed Obama's plan and McCain is left hurling one desperate attack after another. To paraphrase what one prominent GOP strategist told The Atlantic, "McCain is f****d."

11:48 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Okay, one of the anon posts were mine. Happy? Do you guys like my real name, anonymous, or would you prefer I take on the pen name of a fascist dictator?

Do you seriously think there's only one reader of this blog who disagrees with the ideas behind it? Seriously?

4:20 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Does the photo actually mean any of these things? No. But it is a poor promotional photo, nonetheless, for the reasons that have been pointed out.

Oh, and I didn't see it mentioned, but his BACK is to the soldiers (maybe we can believe there's a few thousand soldiers in front of him?)

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beyond the mention of the specious attack blog that gives us this opportunity for our comments, the number of black soldiers, Economic, as well as cultural patriots, in Afghanistan-and probably also Iraq-it's clear who is disproprtionately fighting and what their sentimetns are towards Obama (and AGAINST(?) their CINC).

You could expect to see a sprinking of brother's and sisters in those pics, but a WHOLE gymnasium full speaks of numbers that extrapolate that the persons of color and lesser finances (And don't throw out the b.s. that there could be a better than average possibility that the black soldiers left 40k and 50k incomes to serve as volunteers. more like 15k-30k incomes, for a chance for some reciprocal financial security-if they live to see it)

The enthusiasm for Barack Hussein Obama, shows that the folks at the front-lines of freedom fear less his name and any negative symbolism projected on him than those supposed 'supporters of the troops' who live in total existential denial of their cultural hubris.

Black Bugs

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is refreshing to find a fellow educator who isn't a liberal pushing a personal agenda. I believe that the media and those responsible for educating our young adults should be unbiased but neither are. I was introduced to this blog by an MU student a few years back and have been hooked ever since.

9:22 PM  

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