The backdrop for Obama’s video is Charlie Crist’s anticipated announcement at around 5:00 p.m. today that he’s leaving the Republican Party to run as an independent candidate. It finalizes the far right leaning Republican reality as we head into election season 2010.
But it’s Obama’s pitch that seems terribly out of place in the political climate we are now living. It’s like he was dropped in front of the camera from the presidential bubble. However, we all know Pres. Obama knows very well what’s going on. He’s just ignoring it.
As TM.com reader Joyce Arnold wrote yesterday In the News, Obama also ignored something else. No mention of gays and lesbians in the video. Whether it’s an honest omission or a slight, it’s just sloppy, especially considering that some of these very people are fighting for our country, as well as against our country to get DADT repealed.
There is just something oddly out of touch about this video.
It’s obviously trying to re-invigorate the same successful tens of thousands that came out for Barack Obama in 2008, but it’s doing so in a climate that no longer resembles where Obama began. Worst of all, it appears that the President intends to ignore this fact.
Earth to White House, this isn’t 2008 America anymore.
Oklahoma’s 19th century abortion law, vetoed by Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, proves it, as the legislature overruled Henry, officially making women’s self-determination in Oklahoma dependent on the state.
The Oklahoma Legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s vetoes of two abortion measures, one of which requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion.
Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.
A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb.
Opponents argue that the law will protect doctors who purposely mislead a woman to keep her from choosing an abortion.
My pal Peter Daou has it exactly right:
The pervasive abuse of girls and women across the globe and the entrenched sexism in our society supports the argument that this is more about suppressing women’s rights than protecting new life. If men were the ones carrying babies, do you really think Oklahoma would enact such laws? Do you think doctors would be gunned down for providing a legal service? Do you think rape and incest victims would be further humiliated? For some reason, I doubt it.
In the gear up pitch from Pres. Obama, as he talks about what he inherited, there is absolutely no acknowledgment of what’s happening today across America as Tea Party people and the further unhinged right-wing mobilize against progress and everything for which Obama stands, which also includes the feud over Arizona’s immigration law, which the Administration may challenge.
The Obama video pitch is just weirdly out of sync with reality. Someone needs to pop Obama’s presidential bubble.