Okay, sure, I would love to see America beloved by the world again. I would thrill to see immigrants openly weeping as President Obama’s motorcade swept along the Champs Elysees. And three million people gathered to welcome him to his father’s homeland of Kenya. And the fourth largest nation in the world, Indonesia, virtually shut down as millions crowd the road from the airport to downtown Jakarta, the world’s largest Islamic nation, in love with an American president who studied there as a ten year old child. And yes, if America were admired, she would be stronger in dealing with the Chinese on trade and the Iranians on their nuclear ambitions and the Russians on everything else. And the American economy would be flooded with investments. But as Lee Corso says on College Gameday, “Not so fast.”
The Obama dream is intoxicating but who is he? Has he really been vetted? And why can’t we say his middle name? Barack Hussein Obama? We can say James Earl Carter and no one is offended. We can say William Jefferson Clinton or George Herbert Walker Bush. Why is everything so off limits with Obama? What’s behind the Hussein?
Doesn’t mean he is bad or that there is necessarily something that will disqualify him. The American people can be very tolerant. We elected Grover Cleveland even though he fathered a child out of wedlock. But as Rudolph Giuliani can testify, we do want to know everything. There is no such thing as a private life for a public person, at least the premier public person in our society, our president. We want to know. And that does not make us voyeurs or bad people or judgmental or racist. It makes us smart.
Looking good, sounding good, is not good enough for a marriage partner or a business partner and it should not be enough for a president. How can newspapers, who haven’t even completed their Obama bios, now endorse him? What is going on here? Why should the Clinton’s be assigned to do what good journalists should be doing? Why should we expect the Clinton opposition research team vet Obama for the nation?
When we learned that Mel Gibson’s father was a Holocaust denier it put a whole new wrinkle on the production of The Passion. It didn’t mean we wouldn’t go see it or that we don’t like his movies. The Patriot was amazing. But it was instructive to know. So what does Obama’s father have to say about life and Islam and the world? And what does his stepfather think? What do his cousins think? What do his friends from Indonesia think? What are we afraid to hear? Why should we wait and hear it after it’s too late and he is the president? Why not now? Doesn’t mean we won’t vote for him. Just means we want to know.
What did Michelle Obama mean when she said she is proud of America for the first time, seeing people respond to her husband’s campaign? Was she not proud of America when black and white firefighters raced up those stairs of the world trade towers, trying to help people, dying to save others? Was she not proud of America when the passengers of the flight 93 rushed the cockpit and stopped the terrorists from attacking the Capitol and killing duly elected members of congress?
What does Obama’s pastor think? Honoring Louis Farrakhan? And if Obama does not agree with what many see as the anti-white rhetoric of his church, why does he go there? We would not feel comfortable with a candidate belonging to a country club that discriminated against Jews or Blacks.
We know everything about the Clinton’s, even things we want to forget. And we know more about John McCain after his imprisonment and torture in Vietnam that we have ever known about the character of any candidate for president, including Washington. So what is so political incorrect about knowing a little bit about Barack Hussein Obama? Would it hurt to know a little bit more before the coronation?