‘why i cannot for vote obama’

Motley Moose: So I received an email from my friend and President Barack Obama this morning. He has announced his intention to pursue another term as presiding executive of that circus of dysfunctional acrimony that passes for the US government. I was immediately reminded of the headline in The Onion on the morning following his election: “Black Man Given Worst Job in the World.”

I have supported Obama since the primaries. But I can no longer do so. What kind of nut job would ask for a second helping of what he’s received? I have come to question his sanity. Do we really want a pathological masochist with his “finger on the button” to “answer the 3AM call?”

But all jokes aside, if Obama sees this as the moment to begin to mobilize supporters and activists, it seems the right time for us to start discussing the particular challenges that lie ahead …. how do we get this deranged fool of a president another 4 years of insults, misery and frustration?

More here


Thank you Carole!

The Onion (2008): Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job – African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America. In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged with such tasks as completely overhauling the nation’s broken-down economy, repairing the crumbling infrastructure, and generally having to please more than 300 million Americans and cater to their every whim on a daily basis. As part of his duties, the black man will have to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind. The job comes with such intense scrutiny and so certain a guarantee of failure that only one other person even bothered applying for it. Said scholar and activist Mark L. Denton, “It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can’t catch a break.”

29 Responses to “‘why i cannot for vote obama’”

  1. April 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Let me tell you why I cannot vote for Obama:

    It is very simple: I am not a resident of the United States.

    I have to wait in fear, uncertainty and doubt until the populace of the US casts the die in November 2012.

    All this time the only thing I can do is: wait, wait, and hope.

    I cannot donate (Duh, forreners influencing our precious democracy).

    I cannot canvas (Ditto).

    I can only wait – and fear …

    Please, Lord, give me patience and trust.

    • 2 Sue in Minnesota
      April 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Toon Moene, trust that we will work hard to reward both your patience, and trust. For a better America and for the larger world. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, we will hold you in ours.


    • 3 Theo67
      April 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Toon Moene – I share your concern! I am a foreigner living in the US, and I know that if things go badly in 2012, there will be nowhere to run in this world to escape the damage that Republicans will do to the world. I don’t think that’s being overly dramatic. The fact that they can consider shutting down the government and plunging the world economies into yet another financial crisis; the fact that they have tried to hide the fact that greed was the cause of the last financial crisis (reckless gambling banksters, coupled with irresponsible homeowners) or the fact that they are quite comfortable throwing needy people (including homeless veterans and 9/11 responders) off of the social programs that save lives – that tells me all I need to know about how bad it can get if we don’t succeed in giving President Obama a second term. I live here, and I plan to do everything I can to help put four more years onto President Obama’s presidency, because the whole world needs that to happen.

      • 4 Sue in Minnesota
        April 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

        Theo67….I’m always impressed with your ability to analyze and articulate the realities we are confronted with. I really respect and admire the thoughts and ideas you share here.

        • 5 Theo67
          April 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

          Thank you, Sue. What a nice compliment! 🙂

          • 6 Eleroy
            April 5, 2011 at 1:34 am

            Theo, you ROCK!!! I enjoy your very informative posts!!! We all can and will help President Obama win 4 more years in 2012!!! The alternative is unthinkable!!!

    • 7 Lovepolitics2008
      April 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      You can do something. You can write on blogs, provide links to REAL information, make some publicity for organisations like Media Matters, etc.

    • 8 V C prezOfan2
      April 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Toon, you and me both! 😦 You no doubt understand how frustrated I feel not to be able to actually participate in this history-making presidency. I even pondered the possibility that maybe blog ‘forreners’ could form a ‘company’ to take advantage of the dumb ruling which GOP companies use. Sigh, I do feel left out. Nevertheless, I have decided to ‘vote’ by offering my supportive words and ideas on my ‘family’ sites, and a couple months ago someone suggested that the TOD family should plan to meet to participate in the inaugural activities, so I’m going to start to save towards that.

      • 9 Theo67
        April 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        VC – I also thought about forming a company to funnel donations through for foreigners, since the Supreme Court has opened up those channels. But, to be honest, I’d rather donate my time and energy to the campaign. I really have a problem with the Citizens United ruling, because each country should be able to determine their own road, without undue monetary influence from foreign entities. The money aspect is really the root of the corruption, it seems. I want to be able to continue to criticize the Citizens United ruling free of guilt!

        • 10 V C prezOfan2
          April 5, 2011 at 12:44 am

          ‘I really have a problem with the Citizens United ruling, because each country should be able to determine their own road, without undue monetary influence from foreign entities..’

          I know what you mean Theo, which was why I was so incensed when they went that route. I wanted to be able to feel that no one can buy the leadership in a country like America. It is bad enough when the lobbyist did it!

          ‘I want to be able to continue to criticize the Citizens United ruling free of guilt!’

          While I agree with you, I have to point out that this comment smacks of the integrity thing that the republicans never have to worry about. Speaking generally democrats have too many scruples which they invariably can’t hide for long. 😉

      • 11 JS
        April 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        Me three … wish i could donate and participate, best I can do is encourage my friends and relatives in the US to vote / volunteer …

  2. 13 Carolyn
    April 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    We will work for you. We need to remember how important President Obama’s re-election is to the rest of the world. I will always remember the man in England we talked to in April 2008…before President Obma even had won all the primaries, saying “You have to elect him! You just have to…for the world!” We will again.

  3. 14 sherijr
    April 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I love this.. and what lovely comments by both Toon and Sue.. I too will be working very hard to elect this ‘deranged fool’- thank heavens for him 🙂

  4. 15 Andogriff
    April 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    We will do our best, Toon Moene.

  5. 16 Fred
    April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Was that really the Onions headline in 2008? That’s hilarious!

  6. April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Amazing how true that Onion piece rings now.

  7. 19 Nellcote
    April 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    ‘why i cannot for vote obama’

    You about gave me a heartattack thinking you’d gone over to the evil side. I’m clearly loosing my sense of humour about these things!

    • April 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      😆 That’s exactly how I reacted when Carole emailed me the link – I was thinking, “WHY ARE YOU SENDING ME SUCH A NEGATIVE PIECE OF NONSENSE”!!!!!

      Well, I have to apologize to Carole, I should have known she’d only send me uplifting stuff 🙂

  8. 21 anniebella
    April 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I believe when you have a hard,tough, difficult job, you place it in the hands of the one you know can handle it. 2008 we did. He has more work to do, so 2012 we will give him four more years. Let’s get ready to fight for OBAMA/BIDEN….2012

  9. 22 SHIRLEY
    April 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Yeah, our work Is cut out for us, and we should have the satisfaction of knowing that we Each will do our very best, to re-elect President Obama. I like all of the enthusiasm each of you have. I was a volunteer here locally in West Palm Beach In 2008. I helped In getting folks registered to vote, and helping them fill out applications etc. I tell you, It really was rewarding just to hear some of the stories. Some People were In there mid forty’s and fifty’s In age, “US” Citizens, but had never ever voted before, but their love ones called them long distance, to tell them to get registered, and to vote. Some of the stories were Proud Tear Jerkers for me to listen to. Of course, I plan to volunteer again for 2012.

    For those who would like to vote, I am so sure there’s something that you can do, to participate In History. I’m sure your Obama vote desires, will rub off on someone, your hopes and wishes can change somebody’s mind. Just to tell them your story on how you wish you could vote for Obama. So I say, do what ever you can do, and still be a part of History 🙂

  10. 23 Stylishgurl
    April 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Hey y’all!

  11. 25 WalkingOnSunshine
    April 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Very sorry for those who have to wait and pray because they can’t vote. Just wanted to say I became a citizen in 1998 and now I can vote for Obama! Which is such a privilege. When I cast my vote I will think of all of you who love him so much but can’t vote for him.

    • 26 sam uk obama supporter
      April 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

      WalkingOnSunshine what a beautiful post. I am so pleased that you are able to vote for this amazing man. It was so touching to read your comment that you will be thinking of those of us who love him so much but can not vote for him. I am one of those people and I appreciate your sentiments greatly.

      I am not ashamed to say that I love President Obama, I love everything about him, his passion, his energy, his policies and empathy and especially his wonderful family and how he adores them. President Obama is not just a blessing to America he is a blessing to the world.

      God bless and protect PBO!

      • 27 Asher in Boston
        April 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm

        Sam, I too love him to death and everything about him. And well come in case you are new on here. And I love the UK, lots of family over there.

        • 28 sam uk obama supporter
          April 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm

          Thank you Asher in Boston, I am fairly new on this site – which is a Godsend to all of us who love and support President Obama. Your welcome was so kind, I apreciate it. I’ve got friends and reletives in the US and I loved it there when I visited back in 1999. I so would love to visit again but can not travel at the moment due to health issues, maybe one day though.

          Thanks once again for your kind welcome and I can’t wait until Pres. Obama comes to London, I will be gioing to try to see him (from a distance)!

          God bless!

      • 29 WalkingOnSunshine
        April 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

        Thank you Sam. I hope you are able to see the President in London. I’m already so excited about Chipstick’s updates on the visits to London and Ireland! I also love the way he looks at his wife and his daughters with such love and pride and tenderness.

        I really think he is a gift to the world 🙂

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