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If Barack Is A Celebrity, Sign Me Up For The Fan Club

Updated on August 12, 2008

Long have I tried to stay out of the political fracas (except on the occasion where there is just no way to hold me back, like the Republicans having sex in public bathrooms or with their pages) but I've finally had enough of McCain (whom I call "the hairless cat" because he's all the same color, skin, hair, teeth...ugh, he just reminds me of one of those hairless cats, can't help it). At any rate, such a fuss has been made about the McCain ads, "slamming" Obama for being a "celebrity" well I don't think of celebrity the same way everyone else does I guess because when I think of celebrities, I think of old Hollywood where the stars were fabulous, their reputations of their personal lives discreetly kept out of the media by the studio marketing departments and well, at least in my eyes, these people deserved to be celebrities. Not the celebrities of today who are "famous" for being on a "Girls Gone Wild" video and then parlaying it into a hosting gig on VH1. No, when I think celebrities, I think of it in a positive light. So if Barack is a celebrity, sign me up for the fan club - Don't Get Me Started!

For eight years we've had to look at that troll of a man showing his stupidity at every turn so I guess I can understand why people would be afraid of someone who is actually attractive and brings people into his message as opposed to Bush who has repelled us all better than "Off" bug repellent spray. Let's face it we all love to have a common enemy and we hate change. Whether it's Bush or Howard K. Stern trying to keep Anna Nicole's baby, we all love hating someone when everyone else is hating them too. I know it's ugly but it's just the mob mentality that is our society (definitely fueled by the media). So I get all the reasons that there are people looking at McCain and his mud flinging (even if it is on some subconscious level) they're thinking that McCain feels familiar, like what they old white man doing the same type of politicking that gave us George W. for eight years. But people, come on - wake up we desperately need a change and McCain isn't going to do that for us.

Put the politics aside for a moment and let's get back to this whole celebrity thing. Wouldn't it be nice to have a President that foreign countries actually admire, respect and want to meet with instead of the white guy who laughs like Mugsy from the Wacky Racers cartoons? When looking up the word, "celebrity" I found this definition - A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention. - Isn't this exactly what we need? A widely-recognized person who commands a high degree of public and media attention? And just imagine if that was actually "good" media attention instead of the leader of the free world's latest gaffe?

I know that Obama's campaign is fighting the "celebrity" ads but I really wish they would embrace them instead. We need a celebrity in that position to make us feel good about America again and to look good to the world around us. While I admit that we can be enticed by a good marketing campaign, I also think that it's time to get a little more glamour and envy around the world about the people we have in the White House. (I don't think anyone ever cared what Laura Bush had to say or what she wore but perhaps with a highly educated woman by the side of the President like Michelle Obama, we just might care what the First Lady has to say again.) So while some may think Paris Hilton and Britney Spears when they think "celebrity" I think of Elizabeth Taylor and Cary Grant. And let's face it, who doesn't love Cary Obama, I mean, Barack Grant...I mean if if Barack is a celebrity, sign me up for the fan club - Don't Get Me Started!

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    • Chef Jeff profile image

      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      If McCain had some of the same feistiness & honety and was able to hold fast to some of the ideas he had in the 2000 primaries, I might consider supporting him, although I have to admit that Obama seems the better choice for my vote this time around.

      However, Bush has definitely sent our nation down a path of ruin and shame. I am reading Scot McClellan's book "What Happened" and while I still feel he is making Bush out to be a better person than Bush deserves, he does point out that the reasons for Bush's downfall as a president have to do with his own failings, as much as with his so-called advisors.

      When I think of what McClellan has written the old movie All The King's Men comes to mind, the flick with Broderick Crawford, where Willie Stark's "advisors" are taking the naive candidate from town to town, giving him boring speeches and telling him he is doing fine, basically just and filling his head with rubbish. The difference is that Willie eventually finds out that he is being had, and begins to do what he thinks is right.

      Bush, on the other hand, reminds me of Jefferson Davis, a man who faithfully, and some say foolishly, pushed his friends into offices for which they were completely unfit. He surrounded himself with men who were so loyal to him they dared not say anything to contradict him.

      Karl Rove is mentioned many times in McClellan's book as the architect of Bush's success, but also for his eventual betrayal of the things he said he wanted to do as president. I disagree with McClellan in one respect, however: Bush is his own worst enemy, and his actions have sent us down the wrong path.

      Realistically, Obama, if elected, will have his hands full trying to repair the mess we are in, and if he choses his cabinet wisely, he may navigate his way through this poilitcal maelstrom. If not, if he surrounds himself with yes people and those who are not brave and wise enough to tell him to think before he acts, we will have to prepare for the worst.

      Personally, I supported Hillary Clinton (Actually, I first supported Joe Biden), and I voted for her in the Illinois primary. But I have since January decided that Obama is the better choice.

      I am also afraid that no matter who gets the Republican nod, he or she will be held to the fire by the ultra conservative far-Right wing of that party. I wish a truly moderate Republican could get the nod, but that's nearly impossible seeing as how the far-Right has such a lock on the process of selecting a Republican president.

      If Lincoln were running today I doubt he would foster any base support from Republicans of this new ilk.

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 9 years ago from Seattle

      I don't think Obama should fight against being a celebrity, but I do think his campaign should fight back for being compared to people like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

      Hairless cat...I'll be carrying that one around all week!