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  1. Libsmasher

    Libsmasher Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2008
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    Byron York of NR explores Botland at Obama's freak show:

    "I run into Brooke, Nouri, and Dave, three 20-somethings waiting to see Barack Obama accept the presidential nomination of the Democratic party. Up at the very top of the grandstands, there are a few hundred empty seats; even Obama can’t fill every spot in the house. These seats face directly west, and the sun is beating down pretty hard; people are using their blue Obama CHANGE signs to shield themselves. Brooke, on the other hand, is loving it, and she has taken off her tank top to reveal a fairly skimpy black bra.

    As Sheryl Crow finishes up a set of songs down on the 50-yard line, I ask why they climbed all the way up here. “My rationale eludes me now,” says Brooke, slurring her words ever so slightly. “However, there is a great view of the Rocky Mountains to the west. I sit here soaking in the sun. I have no shirt on.” Pause. “This is a good day.”

    Brooke, who lives in Denver, is 24 and works in a local arts program. Dave, 23, lives in Connecticut, and isn’t doing a lot now. “I was recently working in an organic lettuce farm in Hawaii, and after that I was a camp counselor, and I’m currently unemployed,” he tells me. Nouri, 22, lives in New York and works for a documentary filmmaker — he’s here tonight as part of a project “making movies about protests and questioning the validity of both the convention and protesting and trying to find a place in that dynamic.” The three of them met when they were students at Wesleyan.

    They all admire Obama and very much want him to become president. If that happens, I ask, what would they like to see him do?

    “Tangibly?” asks Brooke.

    “Well, yes — tangibly.”

    “I just think that he has the capacity to really rally people together in a way that I haven’t seen before,” she says. “The other day, I went to the Denver Coliseum to see Rage Against the Machine and the Flobots. And I was astounded by their ability to musically rally a large amount of people towards peaceful protest. There was an amazing march that ensued after the concert; it was unbelievably peaceful and rule-y, as opposed to unruly, but focused and determined, and I feel that on a more general level I would love to see Barack rally a large amount of people, a very large amount of people, all together.”

    “Rally them to do anything in particular?” I ask.

    Brooke pauses for quite a while. “Well, build morale. Build a sense of empowerment.”

    I ask about John McCain.

    “Boo!” says Nouri. “He’s a warmongering, oblivious, ill-informed, bought-out politician.”

    “Actually, I’d say he’d be a belly itcher and not a pitcher,” Brooke says. “And we would like a pitcher and not a belly itcher.”

    The three break into giggles. “We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher!” then begin to chant. “We want a batter, not a broken ladder!”

    “McCain’s a broken ladder,” Brooke tells me.

    I ask whether they will all really vote for Obama — that is, will they actually show up at the polls on Election Day. They won’t just skip it, will they?

    “No way, we’ll be there,” says Dave. Everybody agrees.

    Did they vote in 2004?

    Yes, says Brooke. She pauses again. “I might have voted for Ralph Nader.” I couldn’t tell whether she was a little sheepish about that or couldn’t actually recall who she voted for."

    :D :D :D :D

    Puh-leeeeeeeeese - raise the voting age to 25 at least!
  2. Pandora

    Pandora Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2008
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    The people's republic of Eugene
    that is so funny and I am sure very true!
    so true that its more sad than funny

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