By their words you will know them

THE DAILY BLADE: A year after Obama was elected, The Stiletto noted with alarm the “menacing fervor of True Believers” who were building a cult of personality around him. Over the past four years, sycophants amongst the ranks of the media, educators, historians and the Nobel Committee synergized Obama’s innate narcissism  and arrogance to the point where –   as Charles Krauthammer wrote in a different context – Obama has taken to conflating  himself with the nation (”L’etat, c’est moi.”):
  

The bios of the presidents on the White House Website, which were recently rewritten at Obama’s behest, collectively give the impression that he is the realization of his predecessors’ aspirations and the culmination of their achievements (see third item). In similar example of U.S. history being rewritten, “SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden,” which aired on the National Geographic Channel this past week-end, was re-cut to make Obama a central figure in the terror leader’s killing after Obama donor Harvey Weinstein bought the rights to the film. And in his tribute Neil Armstrong, instead of a photo of the astronaut walking on the moon, the photo depicted Obama gazing up at the moon.
 

He once told supporters, “If you love me, you will help me pass [my jobs bill]” (see the second item), and in the final weeks of the campaign instead of telling voters what he would do for them and for the country if he is re-elected, he merely asked “for a vote of appreciation,” as Commentary put it.

During the campaign, Obama encouraged supporters to take pictures of messages supporting him on their hands; actress Jessica Alba got the ball rolling by placing her hand over her heart as though she was saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and then his campaign redesigned our country’s flag to replace the stars representing the 50 states with the Obama logo.

Just the other day Obama told voters to exact “revenge” at the polls (see the second item). In fact, this is not the first time he told voters to exact revenge on his behalf. In a radio interview with Univision before the mid-term elections he urged the Latino listeners to go to the polls with the intention to “punish our enemies” and “reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”
 

Obama’s economic and foreign policies failed because “the entire machinery of government is not being purposed to benefit the American people or to further this country’s strategic geopolitical and national security interests, but to prop up an incompetent fool and make him look good in the eyes of voters and other world leaders.”


The Stiletto watched all the speeches delivered at the
Republican National Convention and perhaps half of the speeches delivered at the Democratic National convention, and then read through all the available transcripts of the remarks as prepared for delivery. One striking difference between Republicans and Democrats was the number of times they referred to their standard-bearer in the speeches. Democrats referred to Obama 664 times, whereas Republicans referred to Romney 299 times.
 

These word clouds* of the most commonly used words in the speeches at the two party conventions depict the relative importance of words and concepts by the size and weight of the fonts.
 

Here are word clouds of Romney’s acceptance speech (top) and Obama’s (bottom):  

See how prominent the words “America” and “Americans” are in Romney’s speech, as compared to Obama’s.

Here are the word clouds of all the speeches delivered at the RNC (top) and the DNC (bottom):


Obama is the central concern of Democrats, whereas America is the central concern of Republicans. This point is underscored by Sen. John Kerry’s (MA) DNC speech, which took aim at Mitt Romney’s promise to restore American exceptionalism ("We already have an exceptional American as president – and we believe in Barack Obama!") and by Romney urging his supporters not to vote for “revenge” but for “love of country.”


Democrats unwittingly made this a choice election – not between Obama and Romney, but between Obama and America.

Update: Obama won and America lost. Obama tells his supporters, “I return to the White House more determined,” the stock market reacted by posting the biggest one-day loss in a year, dropping 312.95 points and liberals are already salivating over how the additional Senate seats the Dems picked up will “free up the president to appoint the kinds of judges and Supreme Court justices he wants, without worrying about constant Republican obstruction.”

On the Friday before the election, Washington Post pundit Chris Cillizza wrote that Hurricane Sandy and a miniscule dip in the persistently high unemplyment rate were the two latest of a series of “lucky breaks” that have propelled his career, and last night as Obama coasted to victory MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews made this incredibly callous observation: “I'm so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.”

 

So there you have it: Whatever is bad for America is good for Obama. Those who voted for him are gluttons for punishment – or worse. 


2012 Voter Guide
 
 


Before you head to the polls tomorrow …

Check out this Voter ID Requirement Map from Head Count, a nonpartisan grassroots organization that "uses the power of music to register voters and raise social consciousness.” The map gives state-by-state requirements for whether/what type of ID you need to take to the polls tomorrow. There is also info on the site on how to check your registration status, and how to find your polling place. Know before you go.


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Word clouds of the 200 most-repeated words in Romney’s and Obama’s acceptance speeches prepared by USA Today; word clouds of all the Republican and Democrat speeches prepared by The Stiletto using Wordle. 

 

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