Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Barack Obama Invaded My Psyche Last Night

For the first time ever I had a dream about a presidential candidate last night. I dreamed I was on some kind of factory tour (obviously representing the campaign) with Barack Obama. At the end I remarked enthusiastically that I hoped he was excited to get molds of his teeth done. In my dream this referenced some kind of new-president protocol where the president-elect gets molds of his teeth taken. For all I know (and I wish I knew more) the Secret Service does do this. To which he companionably replied, "I HATE my teeth. I don't want to do that at all! Look at this. . ." At which point he opened wide and started pointing to things in his mouth. He is so fun to be with.

The next day I got a call from Barack. He exclaimed in a genuinely happy and pleasantly surprised voice, "You won!" I realized at this time [in my dream] that he and I and an unnamed, unfaced other candidate had made it past the primaries and were heading up the National ticket. I was the big surprise because, you know, usually they just choose two. Before you think that I have a secret Freudian desire to run for president, may I offer my interpretation of this dream excerpt? When Barack told me I had won I was somewhat flattered, but mostly seized with panic and a strong desire to set things right and withdraw from the race. I don't think I could be president. I don't want to be president. I don't even think I could be Vice President. I think this part of the dream is symbolic of some of the things I've been thinking about Sarah Palin, and her qualifications, and her appeal to hockey moms--"She's just like me!" And by "just like me" I mean "doesn't understand things" and "can't do things." Obviously, the fact that she's just like me is disconcerting to my dream self. Why can't I just be happy that she's a woman? (Maybe for the same reason I don't identify with the term "Joe Six Pack.")

I suppose I had this dream because I'm so on board with Barack Obama. It's not that I don't like McCain. I just like Obama more. I thought he did great in the Town Hall debate last night. Here's what Obama did that I liked:

He mentioned the price of gas in Tennessee. Contrived to sound folksy? So what? It's all contrived. At this point I vote for the person who contrives the best stuff.

He talked about how people will probably have to eat out less because of the recession. I know it's a big deal and really complicated but at this point in the game that is about the only thing I feel like I can do now to save money before it all hits the fan depression style.

He prioritized his first presidential efforts as 1. Energy 2. Health Care and 3. Entitlements when Tom Brokaw asked him to list them in order. John McCain said he'd work on them all, all the time, equally, plus more. That doesn't seem possible or even realistic to me but when senior citizens and veterans are your base you have to say things like that or they get mad and refuse to take the free shuttle to go and vote for you. I'm not making fun of veterans or senior citz or free shuttles. I'm just saying that's the way it is and John McCain knows it.

Obama admitted in his tax discussion that he and John McCain are rich and don't need financial help. Thanks for saying it, Barack. It maks me like you more because it tells me that you get it.

His health plan appeals more to me personally. I don't need/want/have time to shop around from state to state for benefits, although I will if I have to. But basically I don't care how many choices I have as long as one of them is decent and fair. You only need one nail to hang your hat on and if that makes me a socialist, heil Canada.

He said that Americans should try to conserve energy in their homes. That seems reasonable, considering how things are going. McCain backed away from mentioning any specific sacrifices Americans will have to make during the economic/energy crises we face. The thing is, I'm happy to make a sacrifice. I want to make a sacrifice. Everyone does because we feel so helpless. I'll use cloth diapers and make my own chicken stock if it it keeps me from eating shoe leather in the not-too-distant future.

He said that in ten years we could figure out how to take care of our own energy needs and compared the situation to the space race when President Kennedy said we would go to the moon in 10 years. As you may or may not know, I think the space race and astronauts are awesome. (Do the links bother you? I just don't want to repeat myself. Do the links bother you? I just don't want to repeat myself.) I think it is wonderful and inspiring that when President Kennedy issued this challenge we had no idea how to accomplish it but, in ten year's time, we figured it out. I really like thinking about domestic/alternative energy this way.

Barack Obama has poise and grace. He looks/acts/talks the part. I'm sick of having an embarrassing president. Wouldn't it be great to have someone good?


Not convinced? Does this help? That's GEORGE CLOONEY with Barack Obama. He's really handsome!Ah well. You vote for whomever you like. I always agonize over these "political" posts. It worries me that I'll say something dumb. Again, another reason for me not to run for Vice President.

52 comments:

  1. Another reason to love you. AND Barack.

    Well, and George.

    Awesome post.

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  2. You're a crack-up! I love your posts.

    In a weird coincidence, I had my first political dream last night, too. But it was of Hilary getting sworn in as president. I've never been a huge Hilary fan, so my best interpretive guess is that I just want the election OVER already.

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  3. I think you are super wise ... maybe I'll vote for Barack.

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  4. Anonymous10:57 AM

    You know, I am about as Republican as they come, and even I'm voting Obama. McCain really is "a raging maniac" as SNL so lovingly put it.

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  5. I've been on the fence about it (ok, not really) but if you're on the ticket, I'm voting for Barak. Could you, in your next post, mention something about your foreign relations experience, how your neighbors are immigrants from Mexico so you know a lot about NATO?
    Also, Barak has big ol' horse teeth, or Roskelley teeth as I call them, just like me, so that's another reason to vote him in.
    When he gets his impressions taken, let's compare them to mine, to see who has bigger teeth.
    K?

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  6. Maybe you should invest in some Towelbama?

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  7. I am not completely gung ho on McCain, but I just can't bring myself to vote for someone with so little experience as Obama has. The country is in such a difficult position right now and he has not given enough detail to warrant change. Change to what?

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  8. In response to Obama's lack of experience I think that statement is not only inaccurate but hypocritical considering that Sarah Palin is the Vice Presidental candidate on the Republican ticket.

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  9. Is Sarah Palin running for President? Oh, and a big fat raspberry if you say McCain might not live for the next four years. I am not going to say anything more, because this makes me ill. This whole election. Either way, it can't get any worse. I just wish the celebrities would shut up and act/sing. I think George Clooney is hot AS AN ACTOR not a political pundit. Vote YOUR conscience, not Oprah's or Leonardo DiCaprio's.

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  10. And did you notice after the debate that Cindy McCain didn't shake anyones hand except Tom Brokaw?

    Michelle Obama and of course, Barack and John were shaking away, but not Cindy McCain.

    Is she a germ-a-phobe or does she think she is too "good" to shake hands with the "regular people"?

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  11. Politics tend to make me nauseous. I do enjoy your rendition, though.

    (I wish I liked either side...)

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  12. Kacy-
    I'm so proud of you for having the courage to put your political opinion out there! I'm just so dang discouraged by both candidates that I don't know what to do.

    And to DeDe- My MIL has also pointed out that Cindy McCain lack of hand-shaking and that she has been wearing some kind of wrist brace that changes colors during various events. I'll have to tell her that someone else noticed!

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  13. Obama dreams=good times

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  14. I love your political posts. Very brave to put your opinions out there (and with such style). I think your most compelling argument was that George Clooney is an Obama supporter. Because at the end of the day, he really is SO good looking.

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  15. Maybe mostly Obama supporters have been commenting, but I feel better after walking home past all the McCain/Palin signs - that discourages me!!

    I would think that after the fiasco on Wall Street, everyone would realize that we need a change. Republicans have been in power for 8 long years - they certainly have a lot of blame to share for the mess.

    It can only get better with a change. I've lived a long time - and change usually gets you moving anyway.

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  16. Shoe leather. Classic. :) And I love that warm and cuddly picture of Obama--I'm going to print it out right now and have him lull me to sleep.

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  17. I thought you said everything marvelously (especially since I agree.)

    Holla!

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  18. Call me a party pooper, but isn't the whole idea of the government making things "fair" for everyone and choosing for me what to do with my money similar to another plan laid before we were born to make it so it was fair and everyone got what they wanted? Give me liberty or give me four years of misery.

    But since you live in UT your vote can go for me and since I live in NY mine will go for you. Fair enough.

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  19. #1. I would LOOOOOOOOVE to be proven wrong by Obama.

    #2. Wasn't it Cindy who got her hand wrenched while shaking hands at a function? C'mon, ladies she's been on the road for months making appearances, I'm sure there was nothing intentional there. Seems like we're so quick to jump.
    #3. I'm likin' the trend bucking here, makes it spicy.

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  20. I don't dream about Obama or McCain. I'm jealous. By the way, I posted about you on my blog this morning. =)

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  21. Nice post, Kacy.

    It wasn't a real dream though unless at the end he said, "I'm Barack Obama, and I approve of this dream."

    The only reason I'm continuing to vote Republican this year is to keep my marriage intact, but I do like Obama better. I think intelligence is just as important as experience. Someone with intelligence is more apt to make sound judgments. McCain is just another Dole, I'm afraid. Very uninspiring.

    Also, McCain is not a conservative anyway. Before they had to warm up to him to get interviews, the conservative analysts almost in unison said that a McCain presidency would hurt conservatism and the Republican party. No less than George Will, Glenn Beck, Joe Scarborough, Lars Larson, Michelle Malkin, Thomas Sowell, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Robert Novack, Ann Coulter, Hugh Hewitt, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich and Michael Reagan. Whew! They all agreed on this point and at least hinted that Romney would have been a better choice for conservatism.

    The only major conservative voices who weren't saying this were Michael Medved and Bill Bennett. I think that renders Medved and Bennett as inconsequential.

    McCain should have stepped down and let Palin and Romney direct the party. They know what conservatism is.

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  22. I have been lurking here for a while but I have to de-lurk myself after this fabulous post. You always make me weep with laughter, and I also am in a bit of smit with Barack and his presidentialness. Great post!

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  23. Anonymous11:19 PM

    I enjoyed what you said it was funny! A Joke right? I hope people arent really making choices based on looks or what someone writes.
    There are more important issues at hand, like Pro Life and marraige between a man and a woman etc.
    I really cant stand either candidate but I have to vote for my Morals and what is really important.

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  24. Go Obama! Loved your post... I have felt the same way about Sarah Palin- is she really qualified? Maybe I am too???

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  25. I'm happy to see a little controversy on this post! I had more than my share of it on my why-I'm-voting-for-Obama post. In fact, you could use a little more controversy. Can't we start talking about abortion, because that's really fun.

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  26. Anonymous8:30 PM

    And socialized medicine is great because there will be fewer doctors and we will have to wait months to get procedures scheduled or even get in to see a doctor who we will not even have the opportunity to select for ourselves because he'll be assigned. Maybe that's why Canada's doctors come to the United States for their medical care. Socialized medicine is sooooo great!

    And, I don't care for either candidate but I'll have to vote according to my moral convictions. Would be nice if their was a "none of the above" choice and both parties could try again and find some better candidates.

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  27. I'm so not a political debater, and I don't like either candidate all that much, but I gotta pipe up about the medicine thing.

    Plain old socialized medicine isn't the answer, but it isn't all bad.

    What IS the answer, as far as I'm concerned, is the system Finland has--they've got socialized AND privatized medicine.

    If you don't have the money to hire someone, you go socialized. If you do, you can go private. But since the private side has competition, the prices are relatively low--they can't charge an arm and a leg and get any business.

    But the social side also has competition--if they don't offer good care, people will simply opt to go private.

    The result is excellent care either way. If you go with the government-run medicine, you don't get the obnoxious wait you get in other countries, because there isn't the back-log.

    I lived there for three years. With the socialized side of things, I got full physicals, immunizations, and dental care (including a filling) free at the public school.

    But I also had a surgery we opted to go private--which cost oodles less than it would have in the States but was excellent.

    I hate that people (read: politicians) assume it's an either/or situation.

    The competition between the two sides is what makes it work. One or the other just makes a mess of things--either poor care with socialized or sky-high prices with the way we've got it.

    Off my soap box. :D

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  28. I loved this blog-However when people say they hate both candidates it makes me wonder what candidate would they love? Will this be your story when and if things go south after the election-"I didn't vote because I didn't like either candidate"?
    "Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try"- Peggy Noonan
    It is what it is- vote your conscience. Get out there and vote for one of them so that the politicians see that we came out in unprecedented numbers because we finally CARE. Twenty five + years of apathy brought us the train wreck we have in this country today. Take back our country!

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  29. I really like the Peggy Noonan quote. I googled her to read more and discovered her name is Margaret Ellen--both of my daughters' names. Cool!

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  30. Kacy,

    I'm not very excited about Senator McCain, but Barack Obama is nothing but an empty suit. Unfortunately, he has less experience than the under-experienced VP Candidate on the Republican ticket.

    He's the Emperor with the invisible clothes.

    He's a Marxist in the literal sense of the word.

    Ask yourself why the following people and organizations like Barack Obama so much: Ali Abunimah, Greg Craig, Bill Ayers, Bernarding Dohrn, Marilyn Katz, Dorothy Tillman, Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rev. James Meeks, Rev. Michael Pfleger, Rev. Joseph Lowery, David Axelrod, the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., Robert Blackwell, Jr., Saul Alinsky, ACORN, Project Vote, Cornel West, Rashid Khalidi, Mohamed Salim Al-Churbaji, Jim Johnson, Robert Malley, George Soros, Franklin Marshall Davis, Jim Wallis, Joyce Wheeler, Tim Wheeler, Democratic Socialists of America, the New Party, and the Socialist Scholars Conference.

    Why is Mr. Obama so comfortable with so many anti-Americans and anti-American groups?

    And one final question: What do Barack Hussein Obama II and Osama Bin Laden have in common?

    They both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.

    (Kacy - When you're sitting around, bored, with no kids to watch and no husband to feed, take a few minutes and Google the above named people and organizations and see how close they are to Mr. Obama.)

    Love Always, Bob

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  31. " Here is a warning for Republicans: When your crowds go from "I love you" to "I hate the other guy," you are in trouble, you are on a losing strain. Winning campaigns are built on love. This is the time for "McCain is the answer," not "The other guy is questionable." Peggy Noonan again.

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  33. Some of the comments on this post make me wonder if there are people out there who get their news solely from Fox and O'Riley, which would be scary.

    To quote Michelle Obama, "I'm an Obama Mama."

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  34. Some of the comments on this post make me wonder if there are a lot of people who get their news soley from Oprah and People magazine. That is also a scary thought.

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  36. Theresa, I'm curious to hear exactly what makes you so sick? Is it Obama's plan to cut taxes for the middle class? His plan to make sure everyone has health care? His plan to boost education? Spend tax dollars on programs to help struggling Americans?

    Which makes you the sickest?

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  37. You hit the spot everytime I read your blog, however... I am still not 100% certain who I am marking on the ballot come November. And, conserve/save... I don't want to eat boiled leather now or ever... so Betty Crocker, whole wheat and beans from the Dry Pack... here I come.

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  38. This all makes me miss James A. Faust a little bit more...

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  39. Or James E. Faust...(sorry about the typo!)

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  40. Loved reading about the dream. My dream last night involved my husband leading our church service completely naked. Eeek.

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  41. I have to say that I just found you blog tonight and I have already peed my pants laughing over some of the stuff you have written. (Just one more urine mess for the day I'm used to it because I have a 3 year old boy) That's all beside the point because I TOTALLY agree with you about Sarah Palin. My husband keeps on telling me, "It's so crazy. You are supposed to like her." I think she's fine. But not for VP.

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  42. Thanks for clarifying the "joe six pack" term for me. I thought it meant the abs and not beer. I can't really identify with either as I have never have six pack abs or beer. And the other thing, I went to a soccer game a few weeks ago, and the only thing I heard people talk about was soccer. Governor Palin has really lost touch.

    Thanks for the great post!

    I'm so excited to vote this November, I've already voted for Obama once, so doing it again will be a lot easier.

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  43. KT, I believe you misunderstand my sentiment that "this whole thing makes me ill". If that is the comment you are refering to, I am not refering to Obama or his policies. I am an undecided voter. I have not said anything negative about either candidate. I was refering to the negative comments; not so much seen here, as kasy's blog is funny and I took her comments as humorous. But there are many, many people who bash with no solid foundation, except what they have heard on "news" programs or read on the internet in one sided reports. But since you asked....those are not exactly stellar points. No new taxes...heard it before. Universal health care....socialism....we'll see. I am pretty confident Obama will win the election. things can't get much worse. I guess that is what you were asking me...

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  44. I'm ready to sacrifice for my country! If it means I have to do my own facials and hook my dryer up to my treadmill SO BE IT! Go Obama!

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  45. I'm still writing in Stephen Colbert, but I just popped in to say that this line summed up my entire attitude about the debates, the campaign and everything else:

    "It's all contrived. At this point I vote for the person who contrives the best stuff."

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  46. Amen and well said!

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  47. I think you can officially let go of your fear that you'll "say something dumb." =)

    Great post.

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  48. Well said. Couldn't agree more. Especially about the heil Canada part. Soon we will be proud, not embarassed.

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  49. I'm not a McCain fan. Obama is way more personable and attractive, sure, but he was the lone NO vote in both the Illinois Senate and the U.S. Senate on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. He voted NO despite being told that babies that survive partial birth abortion are left to die in trash cans and wrapped in dirty towels. He voted NO because he said "it would be a BURDEN to contact a physician to attend the baby and it would contradict the mother's decision."

    Repulsive.

    I always come back to the same thought.....why do so many America haters look at Obama and say "Yep! He's my kind of guy?"

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  50. Oh, and while I think Obama is unfit to hold the office of Presidency, I also had a dream about him a few weeks ago. A very very scandalous dream. I won't vote for him but apparently there's many other things that I will do.

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  51. I just found your blog and I love it.

    This post rocks.

    I also love the posts where you dole out parental advice. I would like to dole out my own parental advice, but alas, I have no children and so would appear ignorant and judgmental. :)

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