Tuesday

A view from India- on Obama and his multi billion $ election campaign which is mercifully over!



IMHO it is hugely obscene what Obama has spent in this presidential election – flushed with cash – he has made all of us realize - never is any financial number too high if the race is to win the White House! Clearly meets and exceeds the imagination as far as I am concerned.

I mean isn’t that a lot of money to spend? I wonder aloud how this money may have been put to better use? Maybe the money could have insured many uninsured Americans, it could have provided handsome education to any number of Americans, the near homeless could have saved their homes, small banks could have escaped bankruptcy, and the list could really go on if I were more educated about American Politics.

Is he not going to impose new tax burdens on Americans in the middle of a recession? Maybe then this money could have been put into a savings account and at the right time he could have surprised the country by demonstrating his service to reduce taxes,for real!

Mrs. Obama on the other hand is not on the ticket, but she travels with her husband, and therefore may very well have her clothes purchased by the Democratic party as well. If news reports are to be believed. The Obama's have not been scrutinized by the media and I wonder why? I know that Obama refused to provide his details when challenged by the New York Times in September. An article in the New York Times 09-08 said that he purchased Burberry suits that run about $1000.00 each to start without tailoring. What about the rest?. Reports said that Michelle Obama purchased a snack at the Waldorf that cost over $400.00 which included Lobster, Caviar, and champagne while on the campaign trail. The media is obviously biased since the Obama's have been immune to these questions.It is interesting that the Democrats scrutinize Palin, but don't hold to the same standard. So how come nobody has the exact figure on their expense??? Surely the government has records. Or did they spy on Palin?!?

We'll never find the correct answer to that...the majority of the liberal media is handling their precious Obama with care...they wouldn't dare release any damaging information. The figures are out as to the total amount Obama has spent during this campaign...that should speak for itself. Only fools would think every penny of that money funded appropriate campaigning tools such as creating those lovely "Change" posters… and I can’t help but be catty here I personally wish Mrs O would spend MORE money on her clothes...she always looks shabby. Actually, you don't have to spend more money...just have some fashion sense...or taste, which she's obviously lacking.

My online research tells me O has spent $ 391,437,714 on advertising, online gimmicks, wardrobes, makeup, lighting, polls, props, sets, styrofoam pillars, airbrushing, and letters to the CEO of Midwest Airlines complaining about the company's proposed wage and benefit cuts to its union flight crew. Ha-ha

Do we have any idea on how much of the money contributions have come from anonymous donors from the Middle East??

Like they say all’s fair in love & Politics! Congratulations President Barrack Obama, you are being watched closely by the world.

16 comments:

Exciting Dude said...

USA now has the most 'raw' person as its president...just one time senator becoming a president with no other achievements prior to that...it's like a management trainee being made the president of a company!

Additionally, what ignorant Indians (who are blissfully delighted about Obama victory)don't realise it's the republican presidents who have been best firends of India. Democrats (like Clinton) just mouth nice things and smile a bit. George Bush may be hated by large no. of Indians, especially our 'fanatically secular' communists jokers, but he decisively shifted the US policy to Indian advantage...

Soon Indians will realise, what a dreadful president Obama will turn out to be!

mathatheist said...

Obama Obama,
months of drama,
McCain after Hillary,
finally a victory.

To America devoted
but who have they voted,
saying 'yes you can',
a symbol or a man?

john said...

Well what can I say- I see my State and know why Obama has won here. The square exploded in joy during Barack's victory speech. - and when someone speaks like this- you want to believe in him:)

" We are sending a powerful message that change is coming to America.

In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it. I know this because while I may be standing here tonight, my journey began on the streets of Chicago organizing and working and fighting to make peoples' lives just a little bit better. I know how hard it is. It comes with little sleep and little pay, organizing and working on campaigns. There are days of disappointments. "

Raj said...

Goose-pimples. Yep. Had 'em. I watched him make his way to the podium, and my mind flashed back to 1988 when Jesse Jackson ran for President. I remember a Time or Newsweek cover with a presidential-looking painting of Jesse standing there with his arms folded with a wry smile on his face, under the 120 point headline “Jesse?”, as if the magazine was itself saying “Holy Shit! Is it possible...?”

But what Isaw tonight here is different than the '88 election. Jesse had done surprisingly well, considering. But pulling off the Iowa shit that Obama did last night? A state with a 2.3% Black population and a 94% white majority? Oh, no. This was some “next-level” stuff I was watching. It took an eternity for Obama to get to the mic to speak, and in that eternity, all kindsa people hugged him, shook hands with him, touched him, captured him on their mob cameras, grinned and waved at home..it was a sea of joy out there..he definitely seems to have stirred something basic in people here"

sanjiv said...

My friend in the usa said there was a lot of fear for O's safety in usa today. Every black American was thinking with rising palpitation after his win...if someone was going to pop him off. People were nervous with fear there.I guess, you need only to look at not distant, but recent American history and how deadly cruel it has been to Black people on the cusp of busting a door wide open. In my lifetime, Malcolm X was cut down. Medgar Evers was blown away. Martin Luther King's flame was sniper's bullet snuffed. Never mind all the back-room, black-bag shit the U.S. government ran on folks who stood tough locally like Chicago's Fred Hampton and others. So we wish him safety and well happiness.

sheila said...

Mee I love your perspective on things:), now, as regards Mr Obama- If only that little voice of dread would just go away...

gita said...

Loved your post and all the comments on this topic. I guess Obama does capture the worlds imagination.
I'm sitting here on a lovely winter afternoon in Delhi hoping that America finally gets its shit together, and reading this, it seems to me there is a long way to go, challenging times ahead for Mr Obama most definitely sir, yes sir!

Mike said...

I so totally understand your mixed reactions Mee. President-elect Barack Obama faces the daunting task of sorting out American policy in the Middle East and turning around deep-seated hostility in the region after it was plunged into turmoil under the Bush administration. And yet I see people reactions from your country cheering him as if he were elected your country's PM..not sure I myself understand this populist sentiment. All I know is he definitely has challenges to sort ahead!

RavneetSingh said...

If you have seen the NObama campgn then you know that there is a large division inside US of America who are anti Mr O. So yea this is the price for becoming the most powerful man- you suddenly are in the public glare and you cant hide nomore.

Jim said...

Inarguably in the case of Obama, I think he is all wrong for America because the president elect is, to be charitable, ambiguous about the greatness of America and Western Civilization. Obama loves himself, his "story" (after all, he's already written not one but two memoirs at age 47!) more than his country. That is not usually part of any President's job description. Here's an excerpt for you to know what I mean...

" When Obama does speak of the value of American culture and the larger civilization of which it is a part, there is invariably a false note. As "long as I live," he said in Philadelphia in March, "I will never forget that in no other country on earth is my story even possible." The worthiness of the conviction is tempered by its narcissism; it is as though Pericles, in his funeral oration, offered as proof of the greatness of Athens the fact that it had made his own "story" possible.

Barack Obama is not the right leader to preside over this moment of crisis in the West, when the old civilization is dying in Europe and has lost its hold on the greater part of this country's ruling classes. John McCain would have been a better choice. His experience would have given him a keener sense of history and of the world. Some people are skilled in talking about the defense of freedom and civilization; McCain has actually defended them. He is not so stirring an orator as the senator from Illinois. But he has only to walk into the room, and his presence sounds the theme.

So now let time be the best judge is all I can say!

Venuraj Janakarajan said...

Thank god for your perspective. With the kind of Obamania around, especially in media... it felt like there was some kind of worldwide mass mesmirisation (hypnotism) at play. What with even Mcain and Palin waxing eloquent in their submission speech.

Now is the time for Obama to let his deeds continue the talking. If he is charm people with his action... he will have pulled off his true victory.

Anon said...

A lot will be expected of this man overnight..and nothing of significance happens overnight we all know that, I don't envy you your job at all Obama- I can see the huge LatinAmerican pop will expect to see more liberal immigration policies, especially on illegal immigrants currently living in the US. Barrack will definitely need all his PR skills to keep his electorate motivated and willing to make sacrifices in order for a better future - a future that in everything Obama has said, sounds like more of a socialist interpretation of the free market economy -Piz

ashish said...

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown!

But honestly, Obama is not a fair Player. He reneged on his offer to negotiate with McCain to limit election-spending to public-funds only. He did this after he saw his huge war-chest. A fair swordsman will let his opponent pick up his sword before fighting him. Honorable people like to play and win on a level playing field.SO am not sure what to make of him yet. Am glad for the perspective you have brought on the table. We all are watching this man!

Anon said...

Doesn't India miss its Leader today? We have many mature public institutions, sane economic leaders,sensible administrators...
But who is that one Leader who can appeal 'not to' the divisions in our minds (caste, region, religion) but to that core emotion of hope.Situations make leaders out of ordinary men and women. Are we not desperate enough today? Are we not troubled enough already? Or are we completely devoid of hope and steeped in complacency and acceptance of the chaos.

Have you spotted that leader in India yet? - D-R

ahmed said...

I am not sure the money was wasted. perhaps this year's campaign broke the records money-spent-wise but at least it brought a smart energetic young man to the oval office. Maybe the Americans did it right this time.

Anon said...

It wasn’t Time Magazine or Newsweek that got the first exclusive interview once Obama was declared the winner. It was someone already working in the campaign! The Obama campaign posted pictures of the night Barack Obama became the 44th president on Flickr, beat that! I think this dude is cool, and like Ahmed says, maybe America has finally got it right!:)- Pia