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What Is This Naija Craze About Obama?

I have noted for the past few months the way Nigerians are madly (blindly) supporting Barrack Obama. Not that I have anything against the man, but it is so funny how we can support him simply because of his colour or because he has an African father. To me, this is racism because most of the people supporting the guy dnt even know a single thing about what he plans to do.

I like his personality but wont mind the best man for the job to win. Bill Clintn is white, yet he did a lot for blacks such that some dubbed him the first black president in white skin.

People, am i making sense?

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Please do, and I bet you for every Obama's flip flop, McCain has about 2 or more. Its now on weekly basis. . .

Folks, no need to re-hash what led to the Iraq's war because the general consensus is that it was a cluster-f?ck

of a decision. The bottom line was that the admin with the full support of McCain and the entire neo-cons were

bent on war and essentially the facts were made to fit a political decision.

There was a clear intent on the part of the administration to market the war to the American people, hence the public

support for it then, so it wasn't just because the people are now tired of the war. John McCain can have his "surge"

anytime he wants, even though he doesn't think the war was a mistake, its about the mindset. Fact is Obama was

against the war from beginning and if you think it was because he wasn't in the US senate then, that does not hold

water because he knew he had to be running for a US senate office too. I can tell you that it was risky for anyone to

publicly oppose the administration post September 11 and right up to the Iraq war.

As for wars being so great for the economy, maybe the US should take on Iran next, and after that take on Russia

so as to keep its economy chugging along, don't you think so? I bet Krugman will agree with that too, right . . . <snark>

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The war is wrong because 'the majority of Americans think it was a major mistake',does that mean that the war was right back in '03/04 because the majority of Americans thought it was right then? What happens if Americans later change their minds about the war again?

Back in '04,Obama announced that had he been in the Senate when the Iraq vote came up,he doesn't know whether he would have voted for or against it. Few years later, Obama claims to have no doubt about his initial position.

Don't quote a $1trillion figure as if it is a fact when that figure was trotted out by a prominent Democrat economist. Even Paul Krugman,a liberal economist,notes that wars do often benefit the US economy and the Iraq war was no exception.

Obama was against the surge which he said will not work. On the one occasion in his tenure in the US Senate where a major decision was to be made,he made a woefully wrong call. All he keeps trotting out is his stance back in Illinois when he was a legislator in a state that was against the war,thus,it was easy to take a politically convenient stance.

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Man, support McCain all you want but please you need to give the idea of the Iraq war being right, because the majority of Americans

now think it was a major mistake.

And please don't reduce a $1trillion mistake to SURGE. I was told the US was going to war with Iraq not "surge" with Iraq. I hope you

will admit it but part of the reason why McCain's surge is "so successful" is because the insurgents were being paid to put down their

arms as well. That said, the difference between small and big minded leaders is that the former focus on the tactical while the latter is

more concerned with strategy.

Lastly, I am sure you heard McCain now agreeing with Obama on the need for a pullout timeline yesterday on CNN after discounting the

idea for so long. I bet you McCain will be saying "Yes We Can" before November. he is all over the place that one can't even keep up

with what he stands for any more. The latest I hear him say daily is that he knows how to win wars, but I am not sure which war he has

won.

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Two wars, one which was a war of choice that is sure to cost the US over $1trillion. It amazes me how neo-cons don't see

that? Everyone told you not to go, but you chose to go look for WMD at a cost of over $1trllion and you people don't see this?

Even McCain said so many times that the Iraq war will be very quick, how wrong was he? How can a rookie make the best

judgment call regarding what was to be the US biggest foreign policy blunder and McCain with all his years in the senate gets

it wrong?

The US economy is afloat alright. You can choose to blame all the failings of the past 8 years on the democrats, but the honest

truth is that the republicans have been in charge and their incompetence have shown time and time again. The conservative

ideology is tanking fast, because it had failed.

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Obama the Anointed One

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/gerard_baker/article4392846.ece

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”

In the great Battles of Caucus and Primary he smote the conniving Hillary, wife of the deposed King Bill the Priapic and their barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites.

He travelled fleet of foot and light of camel, with a small retinue that consisted only of his loyal disciples from the tribe of the Media. He ventured first to the land of the Hindu Kush, where the

Taleban had harboured the viper of al-Qaeda in their bosom, raining terror on all the world.

And the Child spake and the tribes of Nato immediately loosed the Caveats that had previously bound them. And in the great battle that ensued the forces of the light were triumphant. For as long as the Child stood with his arms raised aloft, the enemy suffered great blows and the threat of terror was no more.

From there he went forth to Mesopotamia where he was received by the great ruler al-Maliki, and al-Maliki spake unto him and blessed his Sixteen Month Troop Withdrawal Plan even as the imperial warrior Petraeus tried to destroy it.

And lo, in Mesopotamia, a miracle occurred. Even though the Great Surge of Armour that the evil Bush had ordered had been a terrible mistake, a waste of vital military resources and doomed to end in disaster, the Child's very presence suddenly brought forth a great victory for the forces of the light.

And the Persians, who saw all this and were greatly fearful, longed to speak with the Child and saw that the Child was the bringer of peace. At the mention of his name they quickly laid aside their intrigues and beat their uranium swords into civil nuclear energy ploughshares.

From there the Child went up to the city of Jerusalem, and entered through the gate seated on an Bottom. The crowds of network anchors who had followed him from afar cheered “Hosanna” and waved great palm fronds and strewed them at his feet.

In Jerusalem and in surrounding Palestine, the Child spake to the Hebrews and the Arabs, as the Scripture had foretold. And in an instant, the lion lay down with the lamb, and the Israelites and Ishmaelites ended their long enmity and lived for ever after in peace.

As word spread throughout the land about the Child's wondrous works, peoples from all over flocked to hear him; Hittites and Abbasids; Obamacons and McCainiacs; Cameroonians and Blairites.

And they told of strange and wondrous things that greeted the news of the Child's journey. Around the world, global temperatures began to decline, and the ocean levels fell and the great warming was over.

The Great Prophet Algore of Nobel and Oscar, who many had believed was the anointed one, smiled and told his followers that the Child was the one generations had been waiting for.

And there were other wonderful signs. In the city of the Street at the Wall, spreads on interbank interest rates dropped like manna from Heaven and rates on credit default swaps fell to the ground as dead birds from the almond tree, and the people who had lived in foreclosure were able to borrow again.

Black gold gushed from the ground at prices well below $140 per barrel. In hospitals across the land the sick were cured even though they were uninsured. And all because the Child had pronounced it.

And this is the testimony of one who speaks the truth and bears witness to the truth so that you might believe. And he knows it is the truth for he saw it all on CNN and the BBC and in the pages of The New York Times.

Then the Child ventured forth from Israel and Palestine and stepped onto the shores of the Old Continent. In the land of Queen Angela of Merkel, vast multitudes gathered to hear his voice, and he preached to them at length.

But when he had finished speaking his disciples told him the crowd was hungry, for they had had nothing to eat all the hours they had waited for him.

And so the Child told his disciples to fetch some food but all they had was five loaves and a couple of frankfurters. So he took the bread and the frankfurters and blessed them and told his disciples to feed the multitudes. And when all had eaten their fill, the scraps filled twelve baskets.

Thence he travelled west to Mount Sarkozy. Even the beauteous Princess Carla of the tribe of the Bruni was struck by awe and she was great in love with the Child, but he was tempted not.

On the Seventh Day he walked across the Channel of the Angles to the ancient land of the hooligans. There he was welcomed with open arms by the once great prophet Blair and his successor, Gordon the Leper, and his successor, David the Golden One.

And suddenly, with the men appeared the archangel Gabriel and the whole host of the heavenly choir, ranks of cherubim and seraphim, all praising God and singing: “Yes, We Can.”

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@Oldie,

Please try and not over assume what you think others stand for. Your statements shows that you jump to conclusion ahead of facts.

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Trust Tayo-D to be in here hating on Obama as usual.

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Ha, I didn't want to make any assumptions about you until I saw the above and now I see where you are coming from all along.

We all can support or vote for whoever we want to vote for, but I can not in good conscience vote for a war monger and someone

who believes war is the answer to everything? The best thing McCain has going for him was his military service, never mind that he

got preferential treatment on account of his father and grand father who were navy people. That aside, McCain is old, out of touch,

and not very bright, I mean he graduated at the very bottom of his class. Given what Conservatives have wrought, on this country

the last 8 years, the last thing we need is another old and out of touch republican.

Conservative Leaning?

McCain is conservative? That is news to me. Where did the Maverick title came from if he was conservative? What the hell is a

conservative nowadays? Please don't make us laugh!

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@Ibime,

hate, or is that just a lose use of the term?

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Exactly, thats what I was trying to explain

And he happens to be black!

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Proven Abilities?

Obama is running probably the best campaign ever in the history of American politics and someone is talking about his proven abilities?

He taught constitutional law in one of the nation's top schools and someone is still talking about proven abilities. I am yet to get your

list of qualifications for president, still waiting,

Followers?

Isn't that insulting? I think the more appropriate term should be supporters or voters. For decades the majority of white Americans have

voted in presidents and other public servants simply because "they" were one of them, regardless of whatever misgivings they may have

had. I am sure there are tons of people who will vote for Obama because his black, but I can guarantee you that the vast majority will

vote for him because of what he has done, and the vision he represents. Do you think Obama is where he is today because of the support

of blacks alone? Do you think the hundreds of millions of dollars he has raised within the past 18 months came from black people?

For those paying attention, isn't it amazing that foreign policy positions that Obama have been articulating for the past 18months are what

exactly the Bush administration is now warming up to after almost 8 years of groping in the dark? Do you think distinguished US senators

like John Kerry, Richard Luger, Hagel, Tom Daschle, Chris Dodd, the Kennedy family, etc. are all blind? Wow, if Obama can truly fool all those

people then I am more right in supporting him because I respect the level of high intelligence that it takes to pull that off. That is who I want

as president not someone. In my book, the most successful leaders are those who can inspire.

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@ Tayo-D

Problem about ideology and rationalisation is that there are no "in-betweens"

Majority of voters vote on sentiments, however silly and in-explainable

But I have a problem with you ratioanlising my reasons for voting for whoever

And thats one of the problems with ideologists - no halfway measures!

You are either with me or you are against me.

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You are making sense my brother. I think it's inferiority complex. Blacks, especially blind Nigerians never knew they could attain such political level in the US.

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slowpoke. (Talk about conscience}.

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@oldie,

No doubt you have the right to vote for him based on any flimsy reason you or anyone can conjure. At least I am glad you are honest enough to speak the truth that your decision is based on feelings and not based on Obama's proven abilities. This is the self-delusion I have seen in most of his followers.

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It's okay Oldie. You are entitled to your preference. Bad as it may seem.

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Hey, you have your right to vote for who ever

Sometimes, some of us vote for reasons that are not rational and cannot be explained

Like I wrote, Obama gives me "this feel good" feeling

I think that should be enough reason for hooting for Obama

I do not want to be academic about this!

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@oldie,

While I have my reservations about McCain, I am not under any illusion that Obama is diametrically opposed to my Conservative leanings. I cannot in good conscience vote for Obama. Voting that way will confuse my conscience and will probably hunt me for the rest of my life.

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There are different reasons why people support Obama

Some of us are craving for a Nigerian Obama

That transcends tribe, religion, age and accident of birth

In addition, an Obama gives me this " feel good" sentiment, because he is black!

And I do not owe any apology for that

Would you have preferred me hooting for a Mcaine?

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You can sit there and nitpick my comment all you want, what is certain is that America's next president is coming

from either the democratic party or the republican party, but I am sure you have something else to add to that,

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I do support Obama's course, I have read a lot on the guy and followed his campaign all the way from the cnn-youtube debate last year (i think it was in august). I most admit, my curiousity about Obama started because the guy is black, but as time's gone by I have continued to read more and more about the guys policies on Iraq, Afghanistan and Healthcare so I know what he's about.

A lot of people also think the guy is some kind of angel but from what I read in the recent New Yorker article (you know, the one with the fist bump) I came to see that the guy is just a smart, very calculating kind of guy. That said I still hope he wins the election as does almost every other person in the world.

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as much as i know, it is not only nigeria that is crazy sbout obama, but every other country except america is actually enthusiastic about obama

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For our American based guys, am not disputing the fact that Obama is good or that he is not well qualified for the post. My line of argument is that most of the people supporting him here in Nigeria where I live are just supporting him blindly simplybecause he is an African American, rather than the fact that they know what he can do or not. Nowadays, you see Obama 2008 stickers on cars in Lagos,it has now become a sort of status symbol. Yet, some of these same people dnt even know who the deputy governor of Lagos is, neither do the y know the name of the president of Benin republic just beside us here.

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There are more than two choices this november. Last I checked, there were four names on the list for November.

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@Tayo

I stated in my few words what it meant to be a community organizer but apparently that wasn't enough for you. I also went

as far as posting an external link, but obviously that's not enough. Not sure if there is anything else to say here.

You are right, I have been sold a a bunch of lies, you are the wise and smart one. I can livee with that. By the way, since my

answers where not adequate, you did not even bother to list the "Qualifications for President" that you seem to be insinuating

that he lacks on his account of being a community organizer.

Pray help me, what do you call someone who "writes" a book, not an author? I didn't know the book has to be on medicine or

engineering before the writers can technically be considered as authors, my bad. <snark>.

On being a University Professor, you are right, but he did in fact teach constitutional law at University of Chicago, so I suppose

that makes him a lecturer, teacher, tutor, etc.? Please fill in the black. May be this link too can help if you care to look.

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2008/03/obama_not_law_professor_just_taught_at_law_school/

In the final analysis, there are only two choices this November. One is an old patriot that is being in government for decades and

is just beginning to learn how to use a computer. He is a good man but he seem to think that war is the answer to just about

conflict. The other one is a young patriot that represents the face of America's future. He has spent far less time in government

(a plus for me ), but does have an intelligence that even his detractors can not take away from him. He his very inspiring, writes

his own speeches, a class act all through, and one that also happens to look like me. Its no brainer to me that I am for Obama.

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From my experience and that of many of the Nigerians I have met, and know here, I percieve that mentality exists more within the black community than it does elsewhere. I sense many more people in the black community go around wearing that badge on their sleeves.

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@Iyke-D,

You still never told us what it entails to be a Community Organizer. You seem not to know the meaning of what you consider a great plus to Obama. Sounds like one more of those high fallutin languages that means nothing.

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Here we go again, A degree from Columbia and Harvard? President of Harvard Law Review? State Senator?

US Senate? Community Organizer? University of Chicago Constitutional Law Professor? Author? Is that enough for you yet or if not please list the Qualification for President.

Imagine a Harvard law school graduate going into impoverished communities to work with people who have

been laid off from factories to reclaim their neighborhoods, registering people to vote, etc. You know, he

could have done what maybe 99% of Harvard law graduates do, go for that that 6 figure salary. You can

read some more here if you are genuinely interested in knowing what community organizing is:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070416/moberg

Someone says he needs an Oscar, sad to hear coming from our people but does anyone in their right might think you can be a serious contender for the US Presidency based on acting alone, most especially a black contender?

Granted, every politician does some acting because they are trying to convince everyone to vote for them, but the bottom line is that Obama is much more than that, he has the sheer brilliance to go with it. I will rather vote for an excellent actor with a Harvard law degree than one who graduated at the lowest bottom of his class.

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@poster

Can someone enlighten me on what Clinton actually did for black people

besides the odd appearance on Oprah

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Obama deserves an Oscar. I dont think denzel can act this good.

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Im not so down with him , but I wish him the very best

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I am not a political guru, but here is my take. Obama is a politician's politician. He has the look, the smile,

the high intelligence, and a compelling biography. He is an inspirational orator of the first order, and above

all, a great community organizer. Not only is he making history because of his race, but he has managed to

do so while re-writing the play book of American politics. Simply put, he has the midas touch in politics and

his fund raising ability is the envy of any American politician.

As per the enthusiasm shown by people outside of America (Nigeria including), its a reflection of whats

happening inside America and I suppose everyone else wants to get a preview of the new face of America

or at least help in their small ways to make it happen. Lastly, don't forget that there are Nigerian American

currently in Nigeria who are committed to supporting and voting for Obama whether they are in the US or not.

Personally, I was not sold on the Obama phenomenon until early this year and that was because like most

people I thought he didn't stand a chance in hell of becoming the nominee,I mean, how do you beat Hillary Clinton?. I finally tuned in around January and soon realized that he deserves all the ravings. For the first

time in my life, I started donating to a political campaign because I wanted a really smart man as president

and also because of the signficance of what he represents for black people all around the world. If the son

of a Kenyan immigrant can become the leader of the most powerful country on earth, there can be no more excuses for any black child who may be questioning their abilities. Moreover, that should extinguish the fire

of those racists who consider anything black as inferior, its just simply too powerful a picture to project.

Hope that helps,

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I will just like to say that the Nigerians in America who are eligible to vote (99.9% of them) are in support of Obama. Those who are not eligible to vote are also in support of Obama.

If Obama wins I will be happy, if McCain wins I might be rich.

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I was wodering so too because i have never heard of Nigerians supporting any country's presidential candidate before. May be there is something special about him sha not neccessarily the colour, but it beats me why the noise gets to a stage where we now even have his supporters like an organisation in Nigeria. Hmmmmmmm

may be those who are political gurus will enlighten us a bit sha

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