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Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« on: 02:29 27-Jul-2009 »


Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There's nothing that the government can do to me if I've broken no laws. My wealth was earned honestly, and an invitation to dinner with an American President is an honor.

I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow dining room. We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner.

The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen.

"Sorry about that," said the President. "Andrew is very hungry."

"I don't appreciate..." I began, but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It was just a dinner roll. "Of course," I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp.

"And his brother Eric is very thirsty." said the President.

I didn't say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don't want to seem unkind.

My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite.

"Eric's children are also quite hungry."

With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched as it was carried from the room.

"And their grandmother can't stand for long."

I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game. I reached for my coat, to find that it had been taken. I turned back to the President.

"Their grandfather doesn't like the cold."

I wanted to shout - that was my coat! But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in. The President hadn't moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him.

"Andrew's whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven't planned for retirement, and they need a house. They recently defaulted on a subprime mortgage. I told them they could have your home. They need it more than you do."

My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor. The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small grey circles on the tablecloth that were water drops.

"By the way," He added, "I have just signed an Executive Order nationalizing your factories. I'm firing you as head of your business. I'll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind. There's a whole bunch of Erics and Andrews out there and they can't come to you for jobs groveling like beggars."

I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty ramekin which had been his creme brulee. He drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me. I clung to the edge of the table as if were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss. I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us.

What had I done wrong?

As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands.

"You should have stopped me at the dinner roll," he said.

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #1 on: 07:52 27-Jul-2009 »
A Thank You would be so...so...weak.
Lots of mis-information here. Research carefully and decide what is real and what isn't.

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #2 on: 10:45 27-Jul-2009 »
Not worth a "Thank You" as it is just a sour grape Republican joke doing the rounds.

Republicans need to understand that part of the parcel of living in a free country gives the people a choice of which particular political party should run the country for the next term. The votes were cast, counted and the result announced.

As one of our regulars used to say, "Reality, deal with it!"

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #3 on: 11:19 27-Jul-2009 »
I find it difficult to take such jokes about Democrats seriously. Especially after the Republican clown that was in office for eight years. I find that the excess of jokes about Obama comes from not only political differences, but racial ones, too. He hasn't been in office long enough and hasn't made enough mistakes to wail on him like many people do.

And he sure as hell hasn't started any wars quoting what "God" wants him to do, nor has he said anything as remotely ridiculous as this...

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #4 on: 19:33 27-Jul-2009 »
As a non American with no allegiance to either political side I have to agree with Rayjazz.

After 8 years of the idiot who was George W Bush how can people be so quick to denounce everything Obama has done or is doing. He hasn't been in office long enough to justify such ridicule. Give the man a chance to prove what he can or can't do.....although I'd have to say no matter how bad he turns out to be he couldn't possibly be as bad as Bush was.
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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #5 on: 20:01 27-Jul-2009 »
As a non American with no allegiance to either political side I have to agree with Rayjazz.

After 8 years of the idiot who was George W Bush how can people be so quick to denounce everything Obama has done or is doing. He hasn't been in office long enough to justify such ridicule. Give the man a chance to prove what he can or can't do.....although I'd have to say no matter how bad he turns out to be he couldn't possibly be as bad as Bush was.

Exactly! They can always vote him out in the next election - that's what elections are for. At least in US, the election winner wins and the loser loses, unlike Ukraine.

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #6 on: 00:11 28-Jul-2009 »
At this point, the Democrat-Republican issue is effectively moot, as if Bush was bad, in my opinion we have Bush-on-Crack in office, now.  It's a continuation of what we had before.  The real issue is with the Federal Reserve/Central Banks.  I regret ever having been pro-Republican, but that doesn't make me pro-Democrat now; I have enormous disdain for both. 

I think AKMike's parable is right on the money - stop with the dinner roll.  It's no more trolling that any of the liberal trolling going on here.   



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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #7 on: 00:19 28-Jul-2009 »
The clip that Ray posted is actally from another brilliant documentary by Michael Moore called "SiCKO" dealing with issues of US healthcare system. After watching it for the first time I could not sleep for the whole night and I kept crying and crying.
Watch it if you can. It is found online full-length.
Here is one more clip from that same movie that I particularly like.


BTW...The doctor in the clip is NOT ugly at all .....  :P ::) I bet quite a few patients of his regret he can not  "Practice his love with women ......."   :-X :-X :-X :-X :-X 


Sicko: Michael Moore interviews Doctor in UK



I find it difficult to take such jokes about Democrats seriously. Especially after the Republican clown that was in office for eight years. I find that the excess of jokes about Obama comes from not only political differences, but racial ones, too. He hasn't been in office long enough and hasn't made enough mistakes to wail on him like many people do.

And he sure as hell hasn't started any wars quoting what "God" wants him to do, nor has he said anything as remotely ridiculous as this...

Bush OB/GYN Love



« Last Edit: 13:46 29-Jul-2009 by Vera »
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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #8 on: 01:04 28-Jul-2009 »
America and its people are dealing with the reality. What Obama is in the process of learning is that his honeymoon is over and reality is a two-way street.

So, yes, we will be dealing with an increasingly intrusive government under the new administration. No chaotic riots of the unemployed, no militias massing in the hinterland to attempt a coup, no...none of those things are happening. Instead, we are biting the bullet, scaling back as gradually as possible and seeking new industries and rational programs which will keep us going through tough times. While we hope for a leader that can do more than promise something, like actually deliver real changes which improve the current situation.

And, as the electorate learns more (and the bills become apparent), the mood shifts begin. Obama is starting to lose some battles on the legislative front as his allies start to total up the costs and reaction to increasing the bureaucracy. His approval ratings drop even as his disapproval rate rises more rapidly. However, it is our way and it works fairly well most of the time, just a little out-of-whack this cycle between the desire of the public to believe there was a quick fix and the over-reaction to a dark time in our history. It will even out after a few more potholes in the road. We will have a chance to begin the correction in a year and will see what path we will pursue ahead.

His real tests as a President lie ahead now that the reality of the recession sets in and he faces those awkward and inconvenient quesions about the details of his "changes" and their rapidly mounting costs.

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/peter-roff/2009/07/21/obamas-sinking-approval-ratings-are-even-worse-than-they-look.html
« Last Edit: 16:23 28-Jul-2009 by ECOCKS »
Lots of mis-information here. Research carefully and decide what is real and what isn't.

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #9 on: 01:43 28-Jul-2009 »
Everyone is spending the government like it is someone's else money. Think it is a big tree of free money and that it comes down and never ends. Every congressman and MP is trying to steal that roll. Do not forget my British friends, Tony Blair put you in a far worse situation in Englandstan and just love their secret expense reports.

Someone has to pay the bills and money does not come for free. For everything we buy or pay for, there is a cost and it has to be paid for by someone. If you think that some "rich" person is going to pay for your excess lifestyle of dole, free education, free health, government bureaucrat jobs, and free accommodations and so on, they will get tired of paying for it and move their jobs and themselves to somewhere else. But people do not get and think the party will always continue.

Under the Rep, Dems, labour, and conservatives, Government has increased and people want more from government without the will of paying for it. So to stay elected, the government borrows and borrows to pay the gifts to stay in power. It is like giving your credit card to your friend and he uses the credit card to buy you gifts with your money and you think it is free money.
What this credit crisis is ? It is the credit card statement finally coming to the house and needs to be paid. Still today, people believe that they can pay it off with little or no hurt, but they do not realize that there is more pain to come. Obama spending program is short term gain, for long term pain. Gordon Brown has not figure that either.

Americans and British population has chosen to ignore the reality and hope they ignore the problem and a miracle will solve the problem.
Not going to happen.

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #10 on: 02:02 28-Jul-2009 »
Just an FYI, not everyone that dis-agrees with obummer is white either. Dr. Manning seems to be "of color". I disagree with all the racial remarks that he uses but I think that "working familys" could have been easily substituted instead.


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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #11 on: 12:37 29-Jul-2009 »
America and its people are dealing with the reality. What Obama is in the process of learning is that his honeymoon is over and reality is a two-way street.

So, yes, we will be dealing with an increasingly intrusive government under the new administration. No chaotic riots of the unemployed, no militias massing in the hinterland to attempt a coup, no...none of those things are happening. Instead, we are biting the bullet, scaling back as gradually as possible and seeking new industries and rational programs which will keep us going through tough times. While we hope for a leader that can do more than promise something, like actually deliver real changes which improve the current situation.

And, as the electorate learns more (and the bills become apparent), the mood shifts begin. Obama is starting to lose some battles on the legislative front as his allies start to total up the costs and reaction to increasing the bureaucracy. His approval ratings drop even as his disapproval rate rises more rapidly. However, it is our way and it works fairly well most of the time, just a little out-of-whack this cycle between the desire of the public to believe there was a quick fix and the over-reaction to a dark time in our history. It will even out after a few more potholes in the road. We will have a chance to begin the correction in a year and will see what path we will pursue ahead.

His real tests as a President lie ahead now that the reality of the recession sets in and he faces those awkward and inconvenient quesions about the details of his "changes" and their rapidly mounting costs.

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/peter-roff/2009/07/21/obamas-sinking-approval-ratings-are-even-worse-than-they-look.html


See! It is possible to be a Republican and/or conservative and not be an over reacting chicken little ...Ed just showed how....There's a ton of smart republicans out there, hell I love reading Noonan and Will, and used to love Buckley, agree with them? very rarely, but they are/were an honest intellectual force with valid viewpoints oh and INTEGRITY vis a vis their issues, and since we're going to do this two party thing, we need that....Birthers, and secret muslim crap is not an answer to real issues...Hell the freeper wing of the party is going after its own every bit as hard as it goes after the left....With all their RINO crap, they are eating themselves alive, when we could actually use for the reasonable wing of the GOP to be around moderating the worst instincts of Nancy Pelosi (whom I abhor), just as we needed reasonable DEMs to moderate the GOP congress of the past....

It's been 6 freakin months, what will happen? No one knows for sure...But look, Obama and the Dem congress aren't going after guns, they are doing nothing more repressive than the previous many admins did, especially the one before this one (though its still too much-and that's our own fault for putting up with gutting the 4th ammendment in name of the drug war)....They are taking a corporatist response from left of center, that's all....Maybe it will work, maybe it won't, but unless God himself told you, you don't know...

They are not taking any responses that aren't pretty much mainstream....The overwhelming majority want health care reform so they're pursuing it...and maybe (probably) it wwon't work out all that great, but it aint all that great right now, but instead of being able to focus on the issue as a responsible oppostion party they are busy having to satisfy the loony fringe with birth certifcates and cries of socialism about every damn thing, that the MAJORITY VOTED FOR....

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #12 on: 13:18 29-Jul-2009 »
Ой! Is it possible to delete a thank you? :)

I meant to press quote... Definitely not a thank you for the post...
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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #13 on: 13:19 29-Jul-2009 »
Just an FYI, not everyone that dis-agrees with obummer is white either. Dr. Manning seems to be "of color". I disagree with all the racial remarks that he uses but I think that "working familys" could have been easily substituted instead.

And not everyone that disagrees with Bush is an American Democrat either. Russian Democrats too! :D

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Re: Dinner with Obama, a Parable
« Reply #14 on: 13:41 29-Jul-2009 »
Ой! Is it possible to delete a thank you? :)

I meant to press quote... Definitely not a thank you for the post...


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