Thursday, August 21, 2008

NYT quote: “Barack Obama makes me nervous”

Although the quote of one George Timko was not directed to Obama's patent policy, it easily could have been.

The NYT quoted Timko: “Barack Obama makes me nervous. Who is he? Where’d he come from? ”

Obama's policies on invention, recycled from ivory tower professors unconnected to the real world, ought to make Mr. Timko nervous. The old jobs in Pennsylvania steel mills are gone, and the "would be" new jobs are going to India under Obama's policies. Mr. Timko need only ask the labor unions where they stood on S.1145.

Slublog notes, concerning a list of favorite music:

The song at the bottom of Obama's list is one of his speeches set to music, with various celebrities mouthing his platitudes as if they were reading scripture. Obama is already developing a reputation for being a bit narcissistic. You'd think he would avoid doing or saying anything to fuel that fire.

Of McCain's music:

McCain's list has two ABBA songs and one by Neil Diamond. Gack. My parents used to listen to ABBA on road trips. To this day, "Dancing Queen" makes me think of the backseat of the family car, ham sandwiches and kool-aid. Of course, that didn't stop me from enjoying this scene - best use of an ABBA song, ever.

***Separately, from the SF Chronicle:

At the Saddleback forum with Pastor Rick Warren on Saturday [16 Aug 08] in Orange County, the Republican presidential candidate delivered on-the-money messages and answers so effective they were "scary to me," said George Lakoff, a renowned author and UC Berkeley linguistics professor who has studied how the human brain absorbs and processes messages.

Lakoff, whose work has helped shaped numerous Democratic candidates' campaigns, said that "right through the motivational campaign theme, they were doing everything right."

By contrast, Obama was "overconfident ... and certainly not prepared" before the evangelical audience with definitive answers to clearly explain to voters his world view, values and vision, Lakoff said.

McCain was so good at Saddleback that a mini-controversy about the "cone of silence" developed. The CSM reported:

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell brought it up on Meet the Press.

“The Obama people must feel that he didn’t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because that — what they’re putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.

This exchange got the McCain folks pretty upset. So upset that campaign manager Rick Davis requested a meeting with the president of NBC news stating that it is “abandoning non-partisan coverage of the presidential race.”


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