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Our Metrosexual President

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Pardon me for rolling on the floor, but do you know who besides the President is considered a model of metrosexualism? Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock.

The Romney campaign is officially rejecting the offer of a series of character-assassination ads proposed by billionaire Joe Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs. Let’s get that part out of the way. This has nothing to do with Mitt Romney and everything to do with the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court.

The New York Times uncovered a proposal by Ricketts’ private little SuperPAC, “Ending Spending Action Fund,” to create a $10 million ad campaign, titled The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good. that would portray President Obama as a “metrosexual black Abe Lincoln.” Now, let’s dissect that supposedly defamatory description.

A “metrosexual” is a well-groomed, well-dressed man who smells of Bulgari instead of sweat, has manicured fingernails and…well, in addition to the aforementioned Dwayne Johnson, who was dubbed a metrosexual a few years ago, what comes to mind is the description of Ranger in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books. And though the President has embraced his black heritage, the fact is he’s bi-racial. News flash for the right wing, the President’s mother was white and he was raised mostly by his white grandparents.

As for comparing him to Abe Lincoln? That makes no sense. Our 16th President is a national icon, a martyr to our nation’s unity, immortalized on the Mall, the Great Emancipator….oh, now I get it.

Rickett’s team wants to equate the President with everything a swamp-dwelling knuckle-dragger from East Armpit would supposedly hate – men who are educated and well-groomed, black men and the man who not only freed the slaves but defeated the Confederacy. The Tea Party wants to “take our country back” to the days before the Constitution, to the failed Articles of Confederation that the Southern states tried to restore in 1860, so, let’s equate the President with the man who prevented the proto-tea partiers from fulfilling their vision of a crippled pseudo-nation.

The Ricketts proposal also plans to stress President Obama’s connections to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., who delivered at least two inflammatory speeches in his Chicago church while the First Family were members. The President has written in his autobiography that Rev. Wright brought him to Christ and was a strong spiritual advisor for years. But, not a single accuser has been able to prove that the First Family were in the pews when Wright delivered those two speeches. The Rickett’s proposal calls Wright an espouser of “black liberation theology,” and says “The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way.”

Excuse me, but what planet were these people living on four years ago? What rock have they been living under for the past four years? This is like all those right wingers who state that President Obama was not properly vetted four years ago. Really? I thought the only thing they didn’t dig up or elaborate about him was that famous Clinton question, “Boxers or briefs?” Maybe they did and I missed it.

We saw the right wing, and Sarah Palin in particular, pound away at two things about Barack Obama – his brief time working for a community organizing group between college and law school that allowed her to call him a “community organizer” and ignore his twelve years as a university lecturer; and his association with Bill Ayers, the never-convicted “domestic terrorist” who served on an education committee with Obama in Chicago and whose home was the place where Obama announced his first campaign for public office. Now, Ayers was involved in his “domestic terrorism” between 1969 and 1972. He has admitted to participating in several bombings, but when it became known that the Nixon administration had authorized an illegal anti-protest group called COINTEL, all pending federal charges against Ayers were dropped, though his wife turned herself in in 1980 and was fined $1,500 and served three years probation. While Ayers was active, Barack Obama was living in Indonesia with his mother and step-father. When the President knew Ayers, he was a respected university professor and advocate for education reform. But, Sarah Palin often referred to Ayers, who was 64 during the last election, as a domestic terrorist and bosom buddy of the President. But, admitting that the President’s association with Ayers stemmed from them both being members of the University of Chicago faculty would have meant admitting that Obama did something with his life besides being a community organizer.

That’s the way things have gone for the past four years or more. If anyone questionable was in the same stadium with the president twenty years ago, the right wing dug him or her up and used that person to smear the President.

There was an author named Saul Alinsky. Mr. Alinsky is the acknowledged father of grassroots organization and community outreach, and his books are pretty much required reading for anyone in those areas. Dick Armey handed out Alinsky’s books to the people who worked with him in the Tea Party Express. The right wing started out by re-defining Alinsky as a “socialist activist,” which was not true. Mr. Alinsky was completely apolitical and thought socialists were idiots, according to his son. Then, because President Obama had, either in college or working in community organization, read Alinsky’s books, they called the President a “student” of Alinsky, implying that he had sat at Alinsky’s feet in rapt attention. Not bloody hardly. Alinsky died when the President was 11.

What Rickett’s high-priced consulting firm has come up with, the methods they are recommending for discrediting him to America’s voters, are old news. We’ve heard all this nonsense before, over and over and over. Not a day has gone by since Barack Obama took the lead in the Democratic primaries four years ago that Fox News or right wing radio has not repeated some portion of this character assassination — he won because illegal immigrants voted for him, he was born in Kenya and the birth certificates and newspapers notices were an elaborate forgery, he subsidized ACORN’s voter fraud activities, he has stolen money from the taxpayer, he has ties to the New Black Panthers and shut down the federal investigation into their voter intimidation in Philadelphia, he hates America….on and on. There are those who believe this garbage and the rest of us rational human beings who know the facts and know how to use the search engines on our computers to obtain facts. Ten million dollars of smear isn’t going to change our minds about the veracity of these allegations. We know how far the right wing has stretched Six Degrees when it comes to the President and that they have not one honest fact with which to back up their assertion that he is a socialist who is destroying America.

Those who have not made up their minds in this election are those who want to hear the issues being discussed – taxation, the debt, the deficits, economic recovery, plans to “save” social security and medicare, education. They will not be persuaded by character attacks from either side. They don’t care if Mitt Romney’s grandfather had five wives and immigrated to Mexico to avoid anti-polygamy laws in the U. S. All they care about is how Romney would deal with the drug war in Mexico that threatens American citizens.

The proposal presented to Ricketts calls for television ads, full-page newspaper ads, aerial banners during the Democratic Convention, as well as the hiring of an “extremely literate conservative African-American” to offset charges of racism. Okay, attack the President for being too literate, well-groomed and educated, but hire his mirror image to attack him.

Ricketts should fire the firm that prepared this proposal. They wasted his money. Romney’s campaign people are right, there is nothing new here, and what is here would smear Romney worse than it would smear the President. The consultants couldn’t even sell this bullhockey to Glenn Beck. He’s said it all before and it didn’t cost him millions to have his researchers invent these disingenuous fabrications.



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