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I Like Ike v. We Back Barack
by Steve Finefrock - Hollywood Forum [scriptwriter] 5/16/07

FROM THE PHONE BOOTH: The Smallest Space in  Hollywood

His ears were ringing, he was tired, the cigarettes were taking their toll, and yet he did not make silly mistakes.  Not the kind which Barack Obama excuses as attributable to being tired, frustrated, etc.  He was our general-in-chief during the European Theatre of Operations [ETO] effort to rid that continent of Nazis.  He slept less than four hours a night for many days, even weeks in a row.  A mere seven years later the nation elected Ike to be the Commander in Chief, who made mistakes even then, but never blamed them on being tired.
Barack Obama is not serious about his run for the most serious office in the world.  It’s a mere test game, a scrimmage, practice for a later effort.  Much as JFK “ran” for the V.P. nomination at the ’56 convention – a sham, a pretense, a mere show to make him known to the national audience.  He had no intention of being sacrificed at such a tender age in 1956 – better to “practice” in the scrimmage of national exposure and go for the Big Enchilada in ’60.


Founder of Hollywood Forum, a speaker-bureau and panel-discussion vehicle to "Bring the Potomac to the Palisades" on issues that overlap politics and culture with the Hollywood film-TV influence on such national concerns. His scripts have addressed politics [including a TV series pilot/bible package about state political combat, called "A State of the Union"], hazardous materials [from twelve years in emergency management, including six years managing FEMA's Superfund curriculum for hazmat], terrorism, equestrian reincarnation, serial murderer killing journalists in the nation's capitol, and fantasy about time-wasters. Finefrock is proprietor of PhoneBooth: The Smallest Space in  Hollywood... [go to Finefrock index]

Barack’s attack on Bush with the ‘mistake’ of attributing ten thousand deaths in the Kansas tornado was excused easily by the leftwing media.  This proves that they do not take him seriously either – or they do not take the presidency seriously.  Probably a combination of both biases.  
If Obama were serious, he’d never claim at this critical, though early, stage that such a whopper of Gore-like exaggeration was minor.  In fact, it was indicative, and revealing, a Rorschach test of his inner thoughts, and capacities.  This is the man who wants to be QB of the nation which is the remaining hope of the world – if he can’t get the number twelve out of his mouth, instead of ten-thousand, he’s not ready to carry the ‘football’ of national security.  That satchel of codes for nuclear launches – yes, we still have missiles and bombers with nuclear weapons – is a heavy burden, which Ike carried without slumping.  
As he had endured ringing ears at age 57, responsible for the largest invasion armada in human history to make the ETO a success, and then went on seven years later to be the QB responsible for the football as Commander in Chief.
If Obama is serious, he should be taken seriously – by the media, and by his staff.  This gaffe is not irrelevant – a man of his ambition should be made of sterner stuff, even when yearning to bash Bush with the blame for supposedly poor response to the Greenburg tragedy.  Being tired, hassled, frazzled, withdrawing from nicotine [if he is indeed quitting the nasty weed which Gore proudly cultivated as young man] is not an excuse for a would-be C.I.C.  
Obama’s Theatre of Operations – OTO – is a playschool at present.  He thinks so, or he’d have been more careful.  The media thinks OTO is a game also, or they’d make this gaffe more serious, and it would be the focus of the first question to him at the next debate.
From ETO to OTO – quite a fall down the ladder of competence.  One man elected on the “I Like Ike” slogan, who did make mistakes in the ETO – if you listen to certain historians – and made a few as CIC in the Oval Office.  But he never blamed it on exhaustion, and he was twenty years older than Barack will be if he’s elected to that QB position on the vital Team America.  This Team America is no joke, not a spoof, not composed of puppets and strings.
We need to ask the media to ask Barack if his OTO is a play or a serious effort.  Is he ready, or merely rehearsing?  If he’s serious, the media needs to get serious.  If not serious, OTO should be the next marionette drama deserving ridicule. But then, he’s black, so Barack is immune to that treatment.
This man may use the proposed motto, We Back Barack – or maybe “Let’s have a Barack Attack” or its equivalent.  If we are attacked while Barack is sitting in the high-backed presidential QB chair, the codes in the football satchel at a military aide’s feet, will he make a transposition between 12 and 10, 000.
It was such a simple mistake that blinded the Hubble Telescope – a conversion measurement made in the wrong scale required millions to correct.  A Barack attack of mistaken profundity would be fare more serious.
Which is why it is plain to anyone thinking serious, that BARACK AIN’T SERIOUS. CRO

copyright 2007 Steve Finefrock





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