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Onion spoofs Obama

In thinking about US political candidates one can get a little distracted with what’s happening closer to home in Zimbabwe and start to take the race for the primaries a bit too seriously. When news channels show how much the candidates are spending on TV advertising, a person begins to wonder if we’re all living in the real world.

On our doorstep we have a potential democratic election that may yeild another African miracle (South Africa being the example to follow here). The MDC say they will “forgive and forget” and start building Zimbabwe up. Here’s to change.

Thinking about change, if you haven’t seen a recent Onion offering – do yourself a favour.

Did you know that sunny SA has our own version of the mighty spoof-page? Indeed we do. And what did they call it? Not Eish, Eina, Ys-Rys-en-Vleis or even Pap-en-sous… rather Hayibo. Nice SA flavour to it.

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Barak Obama did indeed respond in a speech some are calling his ‘Lincoln moment’.

Michael Trapido blogs about it very eloquently. The full transcript of the 37-minute long speech makes stirring reading, and almost convinces you that he writes his own stuff.

The speech: A More Perfect Union

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Before you laugh, bear in mind that my heading is realtive to South African politics where parliamentary debate like watching a B-grade sledge-fest rather than one where smart verbal riposte is appreciated.

Currently the primaries (which candidate the parties will endorse) are being decided with the main attraction being the Democrat race between Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. The republican guy sounds like a slightly smarter version of Dubya (note: not that difficult) with the same agenda.

So Obama’s campaign to win the hearts and minds of American voters by being the clear cut-above of the two democtrats was steaming ahead when it hit a snag. Yes, the fact that a) he is black and b) knows people who say politically incorrect things seems to be playing into Hillary’s hands.

Sure, Hillary is a woman and also has loud-mouthed friends… but not like this she doesn’t. Here is abc television’s take on Obama’s pastor.

Obama’s Pastor: God Damn America, US To Blame for 9-11

Okay, so they’re not so subtle after all but I’ll be watching with interest to see how this soap opera plays out.

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