Who is the Real Barack Obama?

Was it all for not?

After their meeting in Chicago yesterday (11/17/08) President-Elect Obama & Senator McCain released a joint statement…

We hope to work together in the days and months ahead on critical challenges like solving our financial crisis, creating a new energy economy, and protecting our nation’s security.”

Now what I find very interesting is a few weeks ago John McCain was promoting fear in some of their supporters by asking the question, “Who is the real Barack Obama?” The Sarah Palin Slanderous Sideshow was contributing to this non-sense by suggesting that Barack Obama was “palling around with terrorist”.

The dictionary defines a terrorist as a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism. Another definition defines a terrorist as a person who terrorizes or frightens others.

If you look at what McCain & Palin were doing during the campaign you have to admit that they were doing what many journalists, bloggers and many others including some well-known conservatives accused them of doing, promoting fear and scaring a specific group of people.

So what a difference two weeks can make in the life of politics.

So Senator McCain I guess Sarah Palin was right, Barack Obama is palling around with a domestic terrorist if we consider your meeting with him yesterday. But many on the right would say that I’m being unfair. Of course, it’s alright for you to mischaracterize Barack, but I’m out of place to characterize you that way. Sure I can understand that logic.

Perhaps your questioning of “Who is the real Barack Obama?” is being answered right now.

It appears that the real Barack Obama is a reconciliatory. The real Barack Obama appears to be someone who understands the power of forgiveness. It appears that the real Barack Obama is a just and even-tempered man who is compassionate enough to consider working with political Pharisees such as yourself.

How do you justify compromising your integrity to win an election? Maybe that’s one of many reason I shouldn’t consider running for public office.

It appears that the real Barack Obama is a man who is not concerned with scoring political points, but doing what’s best for the country.

Palling around with a domestic terrorist… perhaps it depends on your definition of who you consider to be a domestic terrorist.

So who is the real Barack Obama you ask? Perhaps you got your answer already, but will you accept it. Maybe that’s why we call him the President-Elect Obama and you Senator McCain.

I believe President-Elect Obama understands and tries to apply this example given to us by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr…

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace; a soul generated by love.”

You may not understand this at first and/or have difficulties with this as I originally did. But I think this was among the attributes that brought him to victory, the understanding that anyone can serve. In fact his political enemies understands to a degree of service, but now we are seeing the depth of service Barack Obama’s service. Service not only to the country as President, not only to his political allies in appointments and positions, but to his political adversaries in forgiveness, reconciliation, acceptance and their aspiration for greatness by utilizing their abilities and willingness to serve others.

Additional Resources:

Chicago-Sun Times – 10/17/08 “The National Press is Tame Compared to Local press

New York Times – 10/17/08 “Obama Meets with McCain in Chicago


3 thoughts on “Who is the Real Barack Obama?

  1. I agree John McCain has served honorable and even campaigned in 2000 with honor, but seem to forgot that service during this past campaign. I don’t agree 100% with Barack Obama, but try to learn from his willingness to forgive individuals like Joe Lieberman and others who were against him.

    I do wish McCain well, but it’s just amazing how soon we forget. It makes you wonder if he said all he did just for political gain.

  2. You raise a legitimate point in noting that sometimes politicians will say or do anything for personal/political gain. I honestly hope Mr. McCain is above that but you and I both know that only he really knows what is staring back at him in the mirror.

    Like yourself, I am not 100% in favor of President-elect Obama (actually voted for McCain-Palin), but do hope the nation will at least get past all the suspicions about his actual place of birth, his color, etc…here’s someone who should be enjoying this special moment in history and there are some bringing lawsuits, casting doubt upon his citizenship, alllegiance to the USA, etc.

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