Obama’s slick new “informercial”


This is slick, very slick – and impressive. This ‘informercial’, just released in the US, cleverly tugs at heart-strings. I just hope Obama remembers the ordinary people he talked about if he comes to power.  But I am also sceptical to what extent he can actually reform the private health care industry (yes, its an industry, big business) or push through pro-people economic policies. Too often, populist politicians show a keen interest in the concerns of ordinary people only to disappoint when elected as they invariably pander to the interests of Big Business and lose touch with the hardships of the people on the ground who voted them into power.

I also hope Obama will keep his promise to end the war in Iraq. But I don’t know if he can escape – or even if he wants to – from the clutches of the military-industrial-media-complex and its desire to seize strategic control of foreign oil reserves.

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  1. I’ll respond with only two comments:

    1. When I was a postgrad student in the US, I came across
    some interesting statistics i.e.
    80% of political science professors in a survey of
    U.S. professors said they support the Democratic Party
    About 60% of economics professors said they support
    the Democratic Party

    2. I have lived (studied, worked etc) in the USA for 17 years.
    I’ve also participated in local level politics in USA,
    I know something about the US Radical Right.

    The most balanced political commentary is
    by Mark Shields and David Brooks on the Newshour
    on public TV in the USA. Shields is Democratic Party-leaning
    while Brooks is Republican.
    One can learn a lot about US politics by listening to their
    analyses and comments.


  2. Fox News is part of the Radical Right smear machine in the USA. This smear machine is not above inventing outright
    lies to attack political opponents. Readers beware!
    We have the equivalent in Malaysia — just look at
    the attacks on YB Teresa Kok. – Phua Kai Lit

    Actually, a better comparison would be the majority MSM in America, which slaveringly sides with Obama just as how our local MSM obeys the every whim of BN.

    FOX is akin to Malaysiakini, in that it openly rebels against the one-sided media establishment.


    Non-profit, politically neutral, non-partisan George Mason University Centre for Media and Public Affairs finds FOX is the most balanced U.S. media

  3. Phua Kai Lit, you only know of Fox news. Try to broaden your world perspective. Here`s something from AP (that`s Associated Press and it`s been around longer than Fox):

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

    Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as “Aunti Zeituni” in Obama’s memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango’s case.


    And the progessive AP blames it on of course:

    Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcment official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government, but the AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in its release.

  4. Hahaha hope and change malarkey is what they`ll get:

    Tim Reid, The Times of London

    Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harboring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

    The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

    One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair.”

  5. “This smear machine is not above inventing outright
    lies to attack political opponents. Readers beware!
    We have the equivalent in Malaysia — just look at
    the attacks on YB Teresa Kok.” —–Phua Kai Lit

    Is it? Best selling and noted author Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss ‘Will Spark the Second American Civil War. Blood Will Run in the Streets’

    Kinda reminds me of the Star and NST May 13 advertisements.

  6. The MSNBC is regarded as the most Left tilting media ahead of CNN. On the British end, the Beep(BBC) is a shameless pro Obambi source drowning also in all things politically correct but factually skewed.

    The fakir Obambi is a Manchurian candidate who regards the US Constitution as flawed, so flawed that he will introduce radical changes to address it according to his Leftist Socialist agenda in deference to the moribund UN body, for one.

    What he stands for is too long to list out here but it isn’t anything auspicious for the US or the free world. He’s bad for its Economy, and bad for its Defence.

    Overhyped and snooty as the “chosen one”. The infomercial affordabilty is also related to his very dubious campaign contributions suspiciously from illegal foreign sources.

  7. Fox News is part of the Radical Right smear machine in the
    USA. – phua kai lit

    Your comment implies that Buraq Hussein Obama smeared his aunt and uncle through fox news?
    If not, why doth he no pratice what he preach? Or is he just too much of a narcissistic progressive and woe unto those who cross him.
    In which case he isn`t much of a Hans Litten.

  8. Phua Kai Lit, Foxnews is the only one that is not overly bias like the rest of the others. Their second worse being CNN which is available via Astro M’sia.

    The US TV NewsMedia bias in the US has never been so shamelessly bias before as over this election and the “anointed one” is also the most dubious dude so far. He can’t even produce his birth certificate. Why not?

  9. “O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him,” Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.

    Libi, a top al Qaeda commander believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God’s wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history.

    The remarks were the first from a leading al Qaeda figure referring, albeit indirectly, to the U.S. elections. Muslim clerics often end sermons by calling on God to guide and support Muslims and help defeat their enemies.


  10. Phua Lai Kit commented that “Fox News is part of the Radical Right smear machine in the USA. This smear machine is not above inventing outright lies to attack political opponents. Readers beware!”

    Perhaps a more balanced view is that Fox and most Christian cable networks are conservative minded while CBS, NBC and ABC together with CNN are perceived to be more liberal-leaning. So in fairness to Fox, it is the only one national network pitched against 3 other national networks – hardly a level playing field.

    I don’t know much about the lies part but … one that led to CBS’s anchor Dan Rather “stepping down” was due to “overzealous” reporting http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/10/national/main665727.shtml
    CBS practically admits that it was fraudulent. So, don’t just pick on Fox !!!

    The MSM is similar to Malaysia in some ways. For instance, does anyone know who Jamie Gorelick is ?
    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2008/09/jamie-gorelick-mistress-of-disaster.html Not a utter from ABC, NBC or CBS on the implications of this Democrat appointed overseer.

    Should Obama get elected, I hope that he will correct these poor governance issues and also stop all that pork belly add-ons to legislature by both sides of the divide. Now, that will be change.

  11. chauncey said:

    “The financial crisis debacle had its origins during the Carter administration and amplified during the Clinton administration due to govt intervention to make the banks lend more to lower income groups. You can read about it even in pro-liberal media like San Francisco Chronicle.”

    Here’s an example of such an article from way back in 1999, during the Clinton administration:

    Note even back then, some ppl predicted a bailout would eventually be needed.

  12. Hi Anil and Progressive friends

    Can I make some more comments

    1. Regarding kesu’s post above at 9:26 am:

    Fox News is part of the Radical Right smear machine in the
    USA. This smear machine is not above inventing outright
    lies to attack political opponents. Readers beware!
    We have the equivalent in Malaysia — just look at
    the attacks on YB Teresa Kok.

    You can also check out David Brock’s book
    “Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an

    2. Here’s commentary on the worldwide economic crisis from
    Dollars and Sense magazine:


  13. Evidently, Barack Obama’s candidature and campaign for the presidential seat has become a global phenomenon, not just in America and Europe but also in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. It is not only because of his multi-racial background that Obama appeals to millions across the world, but also because his claim of giving hope resonates in the minds of Americans who are seeking a change from the 8 year-long economic deprivation wrought by the neo-liberal policies of the Republican Bush presidency. Therefore it is necessary to examine what many Obama advocates have refrained from examining: can the conflicting hopes of rich and poor working and middle class Americans vested in Obama be genuinely fulfilled? A careful look at the economic and political policies of Barack Obama and John McCain is therefore necessary. Find out more at :

  14. Of course he would be able to put together a slick infomercial – a significant part of his base comprises the people whose craft it is to do stuff like this. That’s made clear when you contrast the production values of the party conventions a couple of months ago.

    Barack Obama said it himself: he wants America to lead the world. And now he has at his whim the same advantage that GWB had after September 11th 2001, i.e. a compliant US MSM (by the way, Republicans blogs are using this acronym in disdain now! Looks like we finally have something in common with them). Only it’s worse, BO has a compliant Hollywood as well.

    And that, to me, is very very scary. Let’s hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, i.e. an expansion of US influence in the institutions and politics of all countries around the world. Afterall, someone has to foot the bill for all his promises, and apparently it ain’t gonna be the Americans… so who will it be then?

  15. How is it that Mr. Slick wants to spread other people`s wealth, but not his own:

    Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Obama’s best-selling memoir “Dreams fFrom My Father,” lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.

    A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom apartment for failing to pay $2,324.20 in bills, according to the Boston Housing Court.

    The press has repeatedly rehearsed Obama’s extraordinary odyssey, but the other side of the family’s American experience has only been revealed in parts. Just across town from where Obama made history as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, some of his closest blood relatives have confronted the harshness of immigrant life in America.


  16. typical US President, no matter how good he/she can be, he/she will not touch on the Israel issues…

    Who actually created Taliban and Al Qaeda?

    But he will still succed since he stands for the people…

  17. Obama will definitely be pulled in different directions… But I think we’ll see a kinder USA with him at the head.

  18. Dear Anil

    Barack Obama will make a great President, in my opinion.

    His voting record is decidedly “liberal”.
    (Very liberal = social democratic in the US context).

    The severe damage done by “free market fundamentalism”
    over the last 30 years (Reagan, Thatcher, Kohl and our
    very own milder Mahathirist version i.e. privatisation)
    has changed public opinion and is paving the way for a revival of
    Keynesian economics. But globalisation is raising enormous
    challenges for traditional Keynesian policies and for the welfare state. What we need is Keynesianism on a world scale with more progressive versions of international organisations like the World Bank.

  19. Fantastic. Whether he keeps his words is another issue but as he said ” I am not perfect” isn’t it amazing rather than being in the state of denial.

  20. It looks quite likely that Obama will be the next President of the US. He speaks very well of course, and definitely a smart man. He says all the right words as opposed to Bush … but America is not voting Obama vs Bush.

    It may be a surprise to some but most of the current problems facing the US were not caused by the Bush administration.

    The Clinton administration had Osama bin Laden in its sights but did nothing. Terrorists were sniping away at the US in the 90s and because Clinton was otherwise distracted by his personal demons, the terrorists got emboldened culminating in an attack on the US homeland itself.

    In Feb 1998, it was Bill Clinton who announced that Saddam Hussein had WMD (not Bush as a lot of people are led to believe). This can be checked at snopes.com. Of course it was Bush that pushed the button to invade Iraq but wasn’t he following on from Clinton? The premature pullback from Iraq will signify yet another failure a la Vietnam and more importantly, will emboldened the terrorists to think about yet another attack on the US. Will they attack? Some people believe that Obama can appease these terrorists organisations or governments. If he can, good. If he can’t, well the world may then be living in an age of fear.

    The financial crisis debacle had its origins during the Carter administration and amplified during the Clinton administration due to govt intervention to make the banks lend more to lower income groups. You can read about it even in pro-liberal media like San Francisco Chronicle. It was a disaster that was activated by socialist thought processes. Nothing wrong about that but bending the lending rules and providing avenues for the banks to make money from that caused the breakdown. The current administration tried to push legislation to curb this but Obama voted against it.

    Obama is a junior senator and has not headed any Senate committee. Can Obama stop the pork belly spending politics on Capitol Hill ?

    He has not been a mayor of any town or city or governor of any state. Most of the recent past Presidents were governors of one state or another or at least have a career in national politics. Does he have the requisite experience ? He definitely has the oratory.

    Despite my views, I think Obama will be the President because

    (a) pendulum swings back to the Democrat party
    (b) Obama has raised more money to spend on media, hence getting the media to be more endearing (but the mainstream media in the US has always been more liberal than conservative anyway)
    (c) Obama has captured more of the younger vote than McCain

    Let us hope that he delivers.

  21. Well, in the good ole US of A, the folks have a chance to try him out and see whether he will make good on his promises. That is an achievement in itself.

    Which is in stark contrast to another country where your ideas simply get taken over by people lock, stock and barrel without the slightest hint of embarrassment and who will do just about anything to stop you from coming into power.

    Hmm, now which country could that be?

  22. From Audacity of Hope, the chapters regarding race and foreign affairs touch on a many of the issues that will somehow have an effect on South East Asian countries.

    Lets hope his will be a new model that can help bring more peace rather than chaos to other regions of the world, particularly from those regimes that are becoming increasingly ‘undiplomatic’.


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