PrestoPundit

JONAH GOLDBERG

Posted by PrestoPundit on 07/01/2008

takes a closer look at Obama’s patheticly hedged form of “patriotism“:

“I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest,” [Obama said]. “Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people
what I believe will make this country great and, hopefully, that will
be a testimony to my patriotism.”

Read that line again: “What I believe will make this country great.”

Not to sound too much like a Jewish mother, but some might respond, “What? It’s not great now?”

This sense that America is in need of fixing in order to be a great
country points to Obama’s real patriotism problem.

Something others haven’t really noticed is Obama’s disingenuous waving around of his pathetic grandfather as a flag wearing substitute for his own patriotism.  But if you’ve read much of Obama’s writings and comments on his grandfather it’s clear that Obama is contemptuous of both his grandfather and his grandfather’s service during WWII. Obama considers his grandfather to be a loser and a bit of a drunk, a man who didn’t wear the pants in the family, and a rather pathetic uncool guy who sought to be cool trying to hang out with blacks but not really fitting in.  And Obama in his memoir extends that contempt to his grandfathers war service — pointedly remarking that his grandfather marched around in the mud but wasn’t a real combat soldier, i.e. wasn’t a man to be looked up to as a real WWII hero of the type who actually fought battles with Patton.

UPDATE:  Dean Barnett:

Does Obama love the potential of America more than the real thing?
There is a difference, you know. Try telling your wife how much you’ll
love her after she loses a few pounds ..

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